Monday, November 24, 2014

SERMON: Come see a man

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 8/15/2014

John 4 tells of a Samaritan woman who went back to her town to tell people about Jesus.

“Come see a man who told me everything I did,” she says. “Could this be the Christ?”

John 4 tells of a Samaritan woman who went back to her town to tell people about Jesus.

“Come see a man who told me everything I did,” she says. “Could this be the Christ?”

Her conversation with Jesus revolved around water. The woman wanted to satisfy her physical thirst. Jesus identified a deeper spiritual thirst within the woman. Jesus never mentioned any way to satisfy her physical thirst long term, simply explaining how to resolve her bigger problem: a spiritual thirst for God.

Sometimes we have to identify for people their need for God. Sometimes people get so weighed down with problems they can’t see past them and often it is these very problems that bring them to God’s doorstep. No matter what the issue — whether financial, work-related, some addiction or relationship — there is an underlying problem: a disconnect with God.

“I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming,” the woman says to Jesus. “When he comes he, will explain everything to us” (John 4:25).

The woman clearly understood that the Messiah, called Christ, had the solution to her problem. She was convinced, but not converted.

God speaks to David in Psalm 32:8, saying “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”

What a wonderful promise. The only way we are left alone is if we choose to be. God allows us to create a mess of our lives and He will allow us to attempt to live our life without Him. However, God also will, at some time, require us to confront the issues causing the disconnect with Him. Such is the case with the Samaritan woman.

There is no straddling the fence with God. You are with God or without God.

The path to salvation is very narrow, which is why it is not appealing to some people. Jesus identifies the path in John 14:6, saying to His disciples, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

If we allow Jesus to reveal Himself to us, He will tell us, “I who speak to you am he.”

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