Text: John 4:1-42
The Lord be with you. We hope this finds you well; we are truly living in uncertain times, but God remains on the throne-He will continue to guide us.We continue to encourage all our members to remain focused on God and at the same time ensure you observe all the directives that have been given by the ministry of health. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you soon! Our reflection this morning is from the gospel of John 4:1-42(kindly find time to read).From the text, you will see that opposition against Jesus from the Pharisees was already rising. They resented Jesus popularity as well as his message which challenged much of their teachings. Because Jesus was just beginning his ministry, it wasn’t yet time to confront these leaders openly; so He left Jerusalem and travelled north toward Galilee.
To go from the territory of Judea to Galilee meant passing through a central territory called Samaria. Most Jews did everything they could to avoid travelling through Samaria .The reason goes way back into their history. When Jesus eventually came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph, He met a Samaritan woman and engaged her in what is believed to be one of the longest conversations that Jesus had with an individual. It’s important to note that the woman had her reservations as she engaged Jesus; she was a Samaritan-she was surprised that Jesus was asking her for a drink, that was weird!
As you continue reading the story, you will realize that the woman discovered that Jesus knew all about her private life-Jesus knew her story! He is all knowing (omniscient God).Today, I pray that we will be encouraged by that the fact that God knows our stories; some of us may be having very painful stories, other have shameful stories.Everytime you think of what you are going through, especially in this season that we are in, it leaves you in bad shape. This morning we have good news for you-irrespective of the story you have had all through, Jesus knows all about it, and He is willing and ready to change it-the same way He did for the Samaritan woman.
He knows that you are sickly, that your business is not doing well, that your son or daughter is struggling to quit drugs and alcohol addiction, He knows all about COVID-19 and the challenges it has brought to us as a nation. Let’s remain hopeful that the Lord who knows what we are going through will in His time change the situation just like He did to the Samaritan woman. Johnson Oatman in his hymn ‘there’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus’ encourages us that ‘’Jesus knows all about our struggles, He will guide till the day is done; there’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus-No, not one! No, not one! Jesus Christ, our Saviour and friend knows your story, and He will change it. Every blessing-Pastoral team