Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ripe for the harvest


John 4: 27-54

27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,

29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"

30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."

32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."

33 Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"

34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

35 Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

36 Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.

37 Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true.

38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did."

40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days.

41 And because of his words many more became believers.

42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."

43 After the two days he left for Galilee.

44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)

45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.

47When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."

49 The royal official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies."

50 Jesus replied, "You may go. Your son will live."
The man took Jesus at his word and departed.

51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.

52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour."

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he and all his household believed.

54 This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee

3 comments:

Just Joni said...

"I have food to eat that you know nothing about."

This is how I feel about the Bible...it renews and lifts my spirit...it humbles me and teaches me...it is an intimate entity from which I can pour everything out and reveal my inner most thoughts to our Lord, the purveyor of my heart ~

I love reading these stories and I know you enjoy them too. I hope you have a day of blessings there in Georgia...I also hope these past few days have been filled with adventurous fun, but do let us know soon so my worry warts might be relieved...isn't it nice to be so loved?

:)
hugs,
Joni

Nonnie said...

love what joni had to say about the verse that spoke to her....i love that when i read scripture, something new speaks to me, even if i've read it many times....and it nourishes me in whole new way....
hope you are having a fulfilling weekend....i have three little ones this morning...so a little late with greetings!
hugs,
kimberly

Annette said...

I love verse 52. I remember once when Amanda was little and my mom had a tumor in her stomach, not knowing if she once again had cancer, she said "grandma, let me pray over it", she laid her sweet soft little hand on her and prayed, my Mom giggled and I said "you know mom her faith prayer alone can heal you" will needless to say mom's tumor had shrunk down a little in size and it was free of cancer! that reminded to be "child like" in asking's. wouldnt it be nice if everyone could be child like, children are the best gift's, just like we are to our father, we are children, no matter our age in this world, we're just babes. I so love him, I'd love to hug him, give him a pik on his sweet soft cheek!! Hug's and LOTS of them to you dear friend..... Annette

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