Thursday, May 9, 2013

Divine Appointments

"The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.  When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.  Now he had to go through Samaria."  John 4:1-4

Jesus had learned that the Pharisees were observing what he was doing.  He knowing the will of God knew he was to leave Judea and head back to Galilee.  This would take him through Samaria.  God had a divine appointment waiting for Jesus.  Jesus went and arrived at a well in Samaria at the sixth hour.  A divine appointment was about to occur.  He encounters the Samaritan woman.

"The Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" The Samaritan woman said to him, "You being a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.  How can you ask me for a drink?"  (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans).  Jesus said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." John 4:7, 10

She then being curious tells him that he has nothing to draw water with and the well is deep.  She wanted to know about this living water and how to get it.  Seeing her thirst for truth, he then tells her: "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

As she pondered his promise, she then asks him for this water so that she will never thirst again and keep having to come to the well to draw water.  Seeing her determination, God then gives Jesus wisdom.  He tells her, "Go, call your husband and come back".  She then replies, "I have no husband.  Jesus then tells her, "You are right when you say you have no husband.  The fact is you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.  What you have said is quite true."  He meets her where she is at.  Although her lifestyle is not acceptable based upon the law, out of God's great mercy he sees her need for a Savior.

She then tells him "I see that you are a prophet and asks about the worship of God.  Jesus then tells her: "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know, we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.  After sharing this, she then says to Jesus, "I know that the Messiah (the Christ) is coming.  When he comes, he will explain everything to us.  Then Jesus declared to her I who speak to you am he."  He reveals himself to her.  He wants her to know that her hope has arrived.  

Jesus came to Samaria for a reason.  The Samaritan woman was about to encounter the living God and his plan of salvation that Jesus was about to bring for all.  She was about to find out how much God loved her despite her shortcomings, sin and failures in life.  Jesus being Jew and a man was not only not to associate with the Samaritans, but he was not to associate with women.   Back in their time, this was not acceptable.  But God loving the lost reached out.  He wanted to offer her hope and to confirm the truth that the Messiah is coming and has come.

God desires for us like Jesus to have divine appointments.  Someone along the way you may encounter need hope and reconciliation back to God.  They may be thirsty for the living water and seeking truth.  We are the light of the world and God wants us to share with others the good news.  He has a plan for you and that plan is to go out to preach the gospel to the world and to make disciples of nations.  The harvest is white and God is looking for those who are willing like Jesus to do his will.  Be looking for your divine appointment today!  The gospel is the power of God!

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