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The I AM December 14, 2012

Filed under: Sharing and Caring — clappingonthedownbeat @ 1:24 PM

I just got back from Mom’s Exchange.  It’s a women’s group of all stages that meets at my church once a month where we share in brunch, fellowship and the Bible.  This year we are focusing on women of the Bible and today’s mentor presented the Samaritan woman.

John 4:4-26

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.   Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)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.)  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.”   “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  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.”He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”  “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.”  “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.   Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

I love this passage because Jesus reveals that He will meet us right where we are.  The woman was fetching water and Jesus presents himself as the living water.

Right then, right there.

Jews and Samaritans did not associate.  Jews never interacted with the Samaritans. The Samaritans consisted of a group of people who were relocated to Samaria by the Assyrians after the Assyrians forced the Jews out during the Assyrian occupation. The Samaritans partially adopted Judaism but because their conversion was not complete nor sincere, they weren’t accepted by the Jews. This lack of acceptance resulted in resentment on the Samaritans’ part.

Jesus also presents himself as the gate, the shepard, the bread of life and the light.

John 9:1-6

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Again Jesus meets this man right where he is.  The blind man doesn’t have to do anything, be anyone, doesn’t matter if is young, or old, rich or poor.  The blind man went from darkness to light.

I started thinking,  “how would Jesus meet me”?   He might show up at my house and say “I am the house cleaner.  I clean house.”

That’s where I am at.   I pick up and clean (all sorts of things and people), a lot.

Where are you?  What would Jesus be to you?

That’s what I love.  I don’t know if you, reader, are a believer, but it doesn’t take much.  Just a need.  And God meets us right where we are.  In need.

In need of a savior.  And this is the time that we celebrate that.  That a savior was born.  That He died for me, my sins, on a cross so that I could spend eternity with him.  One of the ladies in my group summed it up beautifully, “Our qualification for salvation is our disqualification from righteousness”.

Merry Christmas.


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