This past weekend, Ben Snyder unpacked the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. In yesterday’s study, we looked at how the Samaritan woman was surprised that Jesus saw her. Today, we will look at how Jesus let her know that she did not really see him.
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”
The woman did not understand with whom she was speaking. She did not know he was the one she needed. His living water would wash away her sins and give her eternal life, unlike any water drawn from the well.
To become friends of Jesus, we need to see Jesus for all he is. The Bible has a myriad of verses that give us insight into the Son of God. The following list is just a small sample:
- Son of the Most High – “He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.” (Luke 1:32)
- Lamb of God – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
- Resurrection and the Life – Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25)
- Almighty One – “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” (Revelation 1:8)
- Bread of Life – “Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
- Light of the World – “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)
Once we understand who Jesus is, we begin to comprehend what he has done for us and how important it is to follow him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Do you know the gift God has for you?
Are you like the Samaritan woman who did not recognize Jesus?
Are you friends with Jesus?
Jesus died for our sins and then rose from the dead. His resurrection symbolizes that eternal life is granted to anyone who believes in him. This is a great promise and blessing and helps us see who God is—our Savior. This week, start each day by focusing on one of the six verses from above. Ask God to help you see him.
Dear heavenly Father, help us focus on the amazing gift of the Easter season. Thank you for sending your Son to die for our sins. Grant us wisdom so we may see Jesus for all he is and become friends with him. Through your Son’s name we pray, amen.
This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn is the Real Estate Manager for Hancock County. She has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She feels blessed to be writing for the LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.
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