John, Day 21

Day 21

Heavenly Father, we pray that You will open our hearts to hear, listen, feel, touch, and understand what You are saying to us. We asked for the presence of the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, comfort, convict, rebuke, and train us in righteousness, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 4: 10-18, Encounter with the Woman of Samaria, Part 2

V 10, Jesus answered 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.”

As an ice breaker, Jesus politely requested a drink of water from the Samaritan woman. Living water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, John 7: 37-39, “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them’. By this, he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified”. Jesus is the Holy Spirit, the gift of God.

V 11, “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

The well more than 100 feet deep and Jesus did not carry a bucket. She challenged Him, asking whether He was greater than their father Jacob. The answer she expected from Him was no. She did not know that Jesus was indeed greater than Jacob.

V 13, Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

Drinking the water of every worldly pursuit, ambition, and relationship will make you thirst. A new car, a new device, an overseas trip will make you thirst again for more. This woman drank from the well of relationship with men and could not quench her thirst. All her relationships with men failed.

V14, But Jesus said, ‘’Whoever drink of the water I give will never thirst, indeed whoever drink of the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Drinking from the world’s water will not satisfy you. You need to drink from Jesus’ well of Living Water. Physicist Blaise Pascal said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made know through Jesus Christ”.

VV 15-16, The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

When the Samaritan woman asked Jesus to give her living water, He requested her to bring her husband. When replied she had no husband, Jesus exposed her sinful pas about her 5 ex-husbands, and her current de facto relationship with another man. Jesus had omniscient knowledge to see through the bones, joints, and bone marrow of every person He encountered. Jesus convicted her of sin.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, the waters of worldly pursuit makes us thirst for more. We need a drink from You to satisfy us for eternity. Fill us with Living Water, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Daily Devotion, John, Day 19

Day 19

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we claim the promise that when two or more are gathered in Your name, You will with us in our midst, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 3: 22-36, “He must increase, I must decrease”.

V 22, After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.

After the interview with Nicodemus, Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside. According to John 4:2, Jesus did not baptise the people but His disciples did.

VV 23-24, 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)

Meanwhile, John the Baptist was also baptising his followers at Aenon, near Salim.

VV 25-26, 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

John the Baptist’s followers complained to him that Jesus was baptising more people than him and everyone was going to Jesus instead of to him.

V 27, To this, John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.

John the Baptist replied that it was God’s prerogative to give to whoever He wants to give. We must not jealous when others are more successful.

VV 28-29, 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.

John the Baptist was only a forerunner of the Messiah, a voice to prepare for His coming. Jesus was the bridegroom and he was the best man. The bride belonged to the bridegroom, not the best man. John the Baptist had correct theology, correct attitude, and mature response.

30 “He must become greater; I must become less.”

John’s ministry was coming to an end. He rejoiced when more people were going to Jesus instead of him. His mission statement was, ‘’He must increase and I must decrease’’. He was living for Jesus. Who are you living for? How can Jesus become “greater” in your lives?

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.

Jesus comes from heaven, is above all, and testified the truth from God, but no one accepts His testimony. John the Baptist comes from the earth and could only speak from an earthly world view.

34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

Jesus speaks the words of God. God loves the Son and gave Him the Holy Spirit without limit. Whoever believes in the Son will receive eternal life, whoever rejects the Son will receive eternal condemnation.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help us to have correct theology, correct attitude, and correct world view. Help us be Christ-centered and others-centered, in Jesus’ name, Amen.