Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Truly God Devotional 2

Did you know that Jesus is the only religious leader to have claimed to be God? All of the false religions around the globe had "regular Joe's" for prophets. They were simply men in what Christians call "sheep's clothing." These are false prophets sent by Satan, before and after Christ, to deceive the world. Satan wants to drag as much of God's creation as possible straight into Hell with no hope of escape. But as much as Satan and his false religions hate, Jesus loves. No other religious leader loved people like Jesus did. He was literally the perfect balance of grace and truth, salt and light, lion and lamb. Jesus doesn't need me to defend Him here though. He does a perfect job Himself. So, let's look at another example of who Jesus said that He was.

In John 4:7-14, we read the story of the Samaritan woman speaking with Jesus at Jacob's well:

A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock." Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Jesus was in Samaria because He was on His way to Galilee. The Bible says that Jesus "had" to go through Samaria. Samaria wasn't the typical way that Jews of the day traveled to Galilee. There was alot of hostility between Samaritans and Jews and in order to avoid the antagonism most Jews took a route along the Mediterranean coast or crossed the Jordan and went up through Perea. Samaria could be dangerous. Samaritans blended a false religion with worship to the Lord and harassed the Jews. This was similar to an inner city here in the U.S. that is overrun with gangs.

Being fully human, Jesus sat down to rest at the spring-fed well that Jacob had dug. A Samaritan woman came alone to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink. The woman was probably shocked since she would have known that Jesus was Jewish. He was also a man talking to a woman alone which was completely inappropriate during that time. Their conversation was similar to the one Jesus had had with Nicodemus concerning the second birth and new heart. The woman took a literal view while Jesus was using the symbolism of "living water." Jesus promises that if we drink of spiritual water, or believe in Him, we will live forever and never thirst again. We will be like a spring-fed well overflowing with life!

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