John 4.39-42 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

Ears versus Eyes

Seeing is believing many people say. When I was growing up, I had a good friend that I hung out with a lot. We were next door neighbors for a long time, but he ended up moving away, not too far, just across town, but still away from me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very easy for our parents to get us together very often, but we still chatted on the phone. The kitchen phone with the 100-foot long cord, because there were no cellphones, Facetime or anything else, lol.

One Saturday we were chatting about our baseball games and he told me out of the blue that he and his dad had built a massive tree fort. We were really into those at the time, and this one sounded like the Taj Mahal. He described it in detail, and I was totally blown away. I was happy for him and kinda jealous that I couldn’t hang out there, but I celebrated anyway. One day my mom told me that they had arranged for me to spend the weekend at their place. I was pretty stoked to hang with my pal. The first thing we did was go out to the tree fort. This thing surpassed all my expectations, I mean it was incredible. I remember saying to him, “dude, this thing is way better than you told me!”. He just laughed and we had a fantastic time together.

Jesus had just done something unheard of. He had stopped in Samaria, a place Jews avoided like the plague, and then stopped at the well for some water. There he met a woman who had been shamed by her own people and forced to draw water in the hottest part of the day because no one wanted to be near her. Instead of shunning her, Jesus engaged her and treated her with dignity and respect, which blew her mind. Jesus made an offer of a beautiful exchange, her brokenness for his wholeness, and this lady accepted with joy and gladness. She was so charged up after this crazy encounter that she ran back to town and told everyone she saw. She must have been passionate because, even though she was shunned, the people believed what she said about Jesus. Jesus could have left the area allowing her to be His missionary, but He didn’t. He stayed and went to the town himself. This is when it really sunk in for the people. Everything the woman told them came true right before their eyes and they went from knowing about Jesus to knowing Jesus, which makes an eternity’s amount of difference. Jesus did not go to Samaria looking for fans, but he was there creating followers, those that would follow him straight into the loving arms of God.

On the road today: So many of us hear about Jesus all over the place. There are infomercials, apps, preachers, billboards, and bullhorns, all touting that they know who Jesus is and that you should listen to them. Jesus never wanted people to only listen to others to know him, he made himself personal and available. Right now, Jesus is offering each one of us a personal invitation to know him and see for ourselves what all the talk is really about. Will you?

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