01.27.15 "The Connector"

John 4:25-30 The Message (MSG)

25 The woman said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.”

26 “I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”

27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn’t believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it.

28-30 The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” And they went out to see for themselves.

We’re concentrating on connections at Point of Grace right now.  Connection with our Savior, with each other, and with the people around us.  The lady in these verses was all about connection.  She was “connected” enough with the Jewish faith to know that Jewish people yearned for a Messiah, a Savior.  She was drawing water from a well in the middle of land given to Joseph by his father, Jacob.  I imagine, giving the kind of life she was leading, that she was yearning for a “savior” too.  Because Jesus knew all about her life, without ever having met her, she was guessing that he was a special man.  He flat out told her HE was the one, the “I am”.  It appears from these verses that she knew EXACTLY what that meant, and didn’t hesitate to go share this knowledge.

There are times in my life that I’m yearning for a “savior”, when I’m anxious, afraid, or hesitant.  I know I have a Savior in Jesus, but am I like this Samaritan woman, running to the people around me, and claiming Jesus as the Messiah?  Not as often as I would like.  I tend to wait until I know a person well enough – and know that it is “safe” for me to confess my connection to the “I am”.  I’m so blessed, and so spoiled – these verses remind me that I need to be enthusiastic and bold about declaring to anyone around me where my hope lies… in The Lord!

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your sacrifice and resurrection that makes us clean every day.  Send your Holy Spirit to nudge us to be bold and enthusiastic about declaring your love and grace to all around us!  Make us “connectors” between You and those around us seeking, love, forgiveness, and life with You!  Amen.