Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BILDERBACK: Salvation at the well

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 4/19/2013

In John, Chapter 4, of the Bible, we read about how the disciples left Jesus near the town of Sychar to go buy food.

Jesus, being weary, sat down at Jacob’s well. A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water and Jesus asked her to give him a drink of water. Their discussion lead to the woman leaving her water jar and returning to town to tell the people about, “A man who told me everything I ever did.”

In John, Chapter 4, of the Bible, we read about how the disciples left Jesus near the town of Sychar to go buy food.

Jesus, being weary, sat down at Jacob’s well. A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water and Jesus asked her to give him a drink of water. Their discussion lead to the woman leaving her water jar and returning to town to tell the people about, “A man who told me everything I ever did.”

“Could this be the Messiah?” she then asked.

The disciples returned and they urged Jesus to eat.

“I have food to eat that you know nothing about,” Jesus answered.

The disciples wondered aloud if someone else had brought Him food.

As readers of the Bible, we don’t know if Jesus ever got the drink he asked for, as the woman left her jar and returned to town. In these passages, the disciples were confused because they had just walked to town to get food for which Jesus then said he wasn’t hungry.

Jesus then made his mission statement, telling them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

How are we to understand this statement?

First, we must recognize we have an illness — We are sinners. We are alienated from God, just as the woman at the well whom Jesus met was alienated from her Creator. She could take a drink of water and temporally quench her thirst, but it returned. Initially, the woman believed there was a living water that would quench her thirst and she would never have to draw water again. Jesus engaged the woman and she finally began to realize she had a deeper sense of dissatisfaction than just needing a drink of water.

Second, we must acknowledge our condition — We are lost. Apart from confession and faith, there is no salvation. The woman recognized her condition. She had become a social outcast because of her lifestyle. After her confession to Jesus, she returned to the town and testified to the people about Jesus, whom she had just met.

Third, we must take the cure. The cure is stated in Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

God will confront us with our sin. We can acknowledge our sin and be saved.What we need to clearly understand is, apart from confession and faith, there is no salvation.

David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.

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