poetry

Could This Be The Messiah

Are you thirsty?

Jesus first ‘telling’ of His being the Messiah, was to a woman and a Samaritan woman at that.

If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water. The woman said to Him, Sir you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do get that living water? (John 4:10-11)

Could This Be The Messiah

From the Grace Series

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At that very moment
I dropped my empty water pot
My heart had been completely filled
What I imagined not what I thought

When He first began to speak
I could not make sense of His talk
Speaking and asking of me a drink
A Samaritan woman out of wedlock

He continued to teach and explain
He told me all the things I had done
The sins the pain the rejection
While naming them all one by one

Others had simply shunned
Naming and shaming my condition
Maybe He is indeed a prophet
Something about Him seems so different

“If you knew gift of God” He said
You’d ask of Me a Drink
He didn’t even have a dipper
Strange comment what was I to think

How can You give me this water Sir
That I may never thirst again
Oh tell me now I beg
While we talked He began

Asking again personal questions
But I answered honestly never the less
For I perceived this man a prophet
He knew so I didn’t have to guess

I told Him Messiah was coming
And He could explain everything to us
It seemed we didn’t understand
And I really didn’t come to fuss

He opened His mouth declared “I Am He”
At that moment they began to gush
Eternal Springs of Living Water
Oh to tell the others, yes I must

He told me first, a woman
before His trial, Exclaiming I Am He
The eternal well of Salvation has come
to my town through a Samaritan, and a woman, me

When we shall worship in the Spirit and truth
A time is coming and now has, He said
Worshipping the Father in The Spirit and truth
Bringing back to life what was once thought dead

© laurette laster

“The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.”
(John 4:28-30 NKJV)

Reading this account we realize that the men of her city must have believed she was condemned also. Verse 39 says many Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”

On Holy Tuesday, the conspiracies to trap Jesus were heightened. They wanted rid of Jesus, even conspiring with Judas to betray Jesus.

And Jesus was talking with the woman at the well. One we know was shunned by the other women. Most women came to the well with their water pots to draw water in the morning while it was cool. This woman was there at the lunch hour.

What an encounter, what a transformation of an entire town, What A Savior. Jesus seeing her thirst, addressed her thirst. He knew her real thirst was for living water. Are you thirsty? She would never thirst again.

Jesus did not hesitate to tell this woman about living water. Jesus disciples marveled that He talked with a woman.  Yet not one asked why He was talking to her. In Jewish custom  the testimony of a woman was not trustworthy. However Jesus puts this to rest also.

Jesus stepped over customs and boundaries, showing compassion and kindness to women of all walks of life during His earthly ministry.

In all of the Gospels, women disciples are the first witnesses to His Resurrection. Jesus acknowledges the voice and the gift of many women during His earthly ministry. I urge women everywhere to speak up and be bold. We should boldly proclaim what Jesus has done for us. The nameless Samaritan woman becomes the first female evangelist and a town was changed. We are called to be change agents, Jesus saw and acknowledged and sets us free to use the gifts He has given us, still today. I pray we never hide our gifts.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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