Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony.
John 4 tells the story of the Samaritan woman. Here, you have a picture of Jesus and his forgiveness and love for sinners. Jesus offers us water that never ends and gives eternal life.
One of the most interesting verses can be found here. 23-24 says, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
I often believe that the Pharisees, whom Jesus often rebuked, had truth, but not the love and Spirit of God in their hearts. They often were criticized harshly. At the same time, there are LOTS of warnings in the New Testament about those who are misled. Somewhere else in the NT, Jesus says that there are those who have done miracles in His name, yet he will say that He knew them not. Theology, or truth, is also important. I shall revisit this topic numerous times as I find other verses that discuss it.
Verses 34-38 do not get spoken about much, but I think they are so important, I want to read them again.
34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Is that our food today? To emphasize that we should do the work of Jesus (especially to the point of self sacrifice), is rarely, if ever, spoken about in most churches. Jesus talks more about this work in John, and we read more about what it means to follow Christ throughout the New Testament. However, if seems to me in the words above, that Jesus speaks of evangelism (I could be wrong here). In my observation and readings, many people become followers after years of being faced with truth and God’s love. Oftentimes, such experiences in a sinner’s life is the result of the work of many. So, it would seem that we all need to work hard to help bring people to God.
The chapter finishes off with the miracle of the healing of the official’s son, which I’ve written about in another article.