Friday, May 23, 2008

Worship in spirit and truth

John 4: 1-26

1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,

2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria.

5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"

8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

11 "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?

1 2Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"

13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."

17 "I have no husband," she replied.

Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband.

18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

19 "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

21 Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

25 The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

26 Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."


Just Joni said...

I always have liked this story. Thank you for sharing it this morning Phyllis.

Hope your day is lovely, I'm sensing that you have been busy, I hope it's a joyful-busy...just know I miss your sweet "voice".


SweetAnnee said...

Love it..
thanks for prayers
and for being a friend..
lovingly, Deena

Nonnie said...

finished reading matthew this morning....and enjoy adding to it, knowing i will be reading these verses again soon.....
yes the heat here in az is a dry heat....but it's still HOT...but i do know it is better than the humidity we also have in aug and sept.....just enjoying the cool right now, trying not to think ahead! :)
hope as joni said, that your busy is a good busy....i think we all have had those days lately!
also....i took the little challenge above...and mine said "genius level"....boy do i know that isn't right! :)

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Mercy and grace.. I see that in Jesus more than any one thing.
xoxo Nita

Annette said...

that was a fun said I was genius, of course this all do to spell check=) what great reading this evening after work, I so needed it after a day like today. thank you dear friend, hug's and more hug's to you!!

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