Ministry in Samaria: The City

John 4:27–42 (NKJV)

27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

John 4:27-30

The disciples came back to Jesus from looking for food, and were shocked that He spoke to the Samaritan woman. She took the opportunity to leave her waterpot and go spread the word about the amazing abilities oF Jesus to see her past and help her with her present. The Samaritans came to meet Jesus.

31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

John 4:31-38

The disciples encouraged Jesus to eat, and He began to discuss the food that He had to offer, that is, to finish the work to which He was called. He then coined the iconic words relating to the harvest that was ripe. He inspired generations to witness and lead others to Christ. Work in the harvest whether you plant, water, or reap, for we are all laborers together.

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

John 4:39-42

The testimony of an unscrupulous woman reached a community in the city of Sychar. The people of the city believed, and Jesus stayed with them for two days, and many others believed. Jesus reached out beyond societal boundaries and bridged the gap between Jews and Samaritans and won souls. He was teaching His disciples not to be prejudiced or limited by the norms of their culture when it comes to reaching the lost. We can learn those same lessons. Witness to other races. Witness regardless of gender. Witness when culture frowns. Witness, for the Spirit of the Lord sees no distinction except lose or saved. Change that narrative and lead the lost to salvation, just like Jesus in Samaria. To this we are called!

Artwork from https://biblia.com/bible/esv/John%204.34 and http://sharpeningcharacter.com/img_2954/

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