“I AM”…The Source

Jesus had a purpose on earth. If you haven’t noticed yet through the first three chapters of John, He has used every circumstance that He encounters as a way to show who He is and what He is on earth to accomplish. This time he had sat down at a Samaritan well for water because He was thirsty from walking through the desert. The woman, surprised that a Jew would speak with a Samaritan, inquired of Him. He used this moment to tell her the real reason He was sitting here beside her. As she scooped up some water for Him to drink, “Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Water is vital for life. Without water we become dehydrated and unable to function and this is what the world has become without Jesus intervening. Jesus used this time when the woman was at the well feeling parched, to explain the spiritual aspect that He had to offer. Jesus still does this today as we are feeling defeated or unable to handle aspects of our life. He reminds us that He is the eternal “I AM”, the everything. As Jesus was speaking to the woman at the well and sharing with her that He was the source of the true spring, the spring of living water, the woman wanted what He had. 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”The woman didn’t understand that Jesus was speaking in spiritual terms. I’ve noticed the same with myself. Although Jesus could provide water for the woman like He did for the Israelites in the desert from a rock, often what He is trying to get us to understand is that He is our source and we can trust Him. As the Psalms says, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” It is interesting though to notice that He didn’t just give it to her when she asked…He went on to prophecy to her about the life she was living. “Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband, and come here. The woman answered him, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, you are right in saying, I have no husband, for you had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true” (v.16-18). What is Jesus doing here? Why is he bringing this to her attention? “The woman said to him, ‘Sir I perceive you are a prophet.’ Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is where people ought to worship.” The woman’s response here is stating that she now knows Jesus is a prophet and understands that where they are is where their fathers worshiped. This seems a random turn in conversation from Jesus prophesying to her that He knew her life, but it shows that now the woman knows she is standing in the presence of God who is worthy of all worship yet she believes she isn’t able to worship him here and Jesus’ response is significant. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. Wow this is a bold statement from Jesus. What is He saying? “Salvation is from the Jews”, and only through Jesus, a Jew by blood can it be made available for all who “call upon the name of the Lord”. We were grafted in by His grace. “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him”(v23). Now go back to their conversation just previously where Jesus is making known to the woman the life she is living. He takes this and uses it as an opportunity to bring truth to light. Now He is saying that the Father is seeking those to worship Him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”This caught me, “I know that Messiah is coming”, these people were expectant and truly lived aware of the Spiritual aspect of life, the true core of their existence. Have we gotten away from this as a culture? Have we put our hope in things on earth and not on our “I AM”. She goes on to say, “When he comes, he will tell us all things.” She not only believed He was coming she believed He would give them direction and truth.

After this encounter Jesus meets up with His disciples and they want to get something to eat, seems reasonable? Well listen to Jesus’ response. 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Wow, food wasn’t a concern to Jesus, “don’t worry about what you will eat or what you will drink or about your body, is not life more than food and the body more than clothing”(Matthew 6:31). This hit me real hard. I spend so much time concerned and caught up in picking out good foods to eat that are healthy and for clothes that are in style yet so much less time is spent worrying about “the harvest”. Jesus didn’t spend His time worrying about these things but trusted the Father for them and worried about bringing in “the harvest”.  35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”Basically what Jesus is saying here is that there is no excuse to not be out reaping the harvest. The Israelites(Jews) sowed the truth for thousands of years and God was faithful and is now through Jesus bringing in the harvest, we have to spread the gospel in order to reap the harvest, sharing the good news is our life purpose! “He will abandon it all for the sake of the call, wholly devoted to live or to die for the sake of the call”(For the Sake of The Call, Steven Curtis Chapman). Wow this was just playing as I put my headphones on while writing this, powerful! “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”(Matthew 9:37). After Jesus leaves this town and goes into Galilee he meets a man who’s son is dying and seeks Jesus to heal His son.  48 So Jesus said to him, “Unless you[c] see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.” It’s clear here that Jesus is healing so that the family would believe that Jesus is the true Savior. Jesus’ eyes were set on the goal, being that ALL would know the love and grace of the Savior to inherit eternal life. His focus wasn’t on this world but the world to come.  53 The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.” It’s when we set our eyes on the world to come that we aren’t caught up in the world were in. From the woman at the well seeking water for her thirst to the man who’s son is dying, Jesus is using these opportunities to show them that He is the “I AM”, the source of life for all.

 

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