Jesus Stays in Sychar
August 10 - Nº 222 John 4:27-43
Jesus had just met a woman at a well outside a Samaritan village called Sychar. He had confronted her about her sinful lifestyle and revealed to her that he was the Messiah (see #221 - Jesus Meets a Woman at a Well). Meanwhile, Jesus’ disciples had gone into the town to look for food. It had probably not been an easy task to find kosher food—food that satisfied Jewish laws—in the middle of Samaria. When they finally returned, they were shocked to find Jesus having a conversation with a Samaritan woman. This was highly unusual, and certainly not acceptable for a Jewish rabbi, but they chose not to question him in front of her. The woman suddenly left her water pot and hurried into town. Excitedly, she told everyone about the man she had just met at the well. “Come see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done in my life!” she blurted out. “Surely he must be the Christ!” The people were curious, so they followed her to the well. Meanwhile, the disciples urged Jesus to eat the food they had gone out of their way to provide. His response was puzzling: “I have food to eat that you don’t know anything about.” The disciples wondered if someone (like maybe that unclean Samaritan woman!) had given him something to eat. If so, it certainly wasn’t kosher. Knowing what they were whispering to each other, Jesus shook his head and responded, “My food is to do the will of God. He sent me here for a reason, and I must finish the work He has for me to do.” Jesus could probably see the townspeople winding their way down the path through the grain fields as they came toward the well. He continued his explanation to his followers, “You say we still have four months until harvest. But I say, open your eyes and look at the fields.” No doubt he turned their attention toward the approaching villagers as he pointed out, “The fields are ready for harvesting right now! This is the time for the reaper to work hard because thisharvest has eternal implications! I am sending you to reap even though you aren’t the ones who sowed. Others have done the hard work, but you will reap the benefits of their labor. Then, together, the one who sowed and the one who reaps can rejoice!” That day, many of the people who lived in Sychar believed that Jesus was the Messiah, because a woman, who was well known for her immoral lifestyle, led them to him! The townspeople invited Jesus to stay with them. So he and his disciples spent two more days in Sychar. During that time, many more Samaritans believed that Jesus was the Son of God. They told the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you told us. Now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
Even though Jesus confronted the woman about her sin, she was so drawn to his honesty and love that she invited everyone she knew to meet him. We do not need to compromise the truth to share God’s love with others. Unless people are aware of their sin, they will never understand their need for a Savior! The truth is everyone is a sinner! Jesus knows everything we’ve ever done in our lives, yet he loved us enough to die for us! We need to share this with others!!