Sunday, October 12, 2008

Meditate Upon What is True

(As a follow up exercise to a talk I gave at Meadowbrook on October 12, this is Part 1 of 7 meditations.)

Read John 4:16-26

In the famous story of Jesus with the woman at the well we are reminded of the importance of truth. Jesus had engaged in spiritual conversation with the Samaritan woman while she was drawing water. When the woman reached a point of thirst for the life that Christ can give He curiously said to her, “Go and get your husband.”

Jesus was not yielding to some ancient custom where men only talked with men. Rather, Jesus was inviting the woman to look at and acknowledge what was true about her life. The woman had been looking for love in all the wrong places having married five times and now lived with a man to whom she was not married. There was no pretending with Jesus that she had her life together. Truthfully her life was a mess. She was a sinner who needed a savior.

A final instructive word was “You must worship God in spirit and in truth.” The woman in essence said, “I will worship in spirit and truth when the Messiah comes. He will explain everything to us.” Jesus declared, “I am the Messiah.”

In this passage of scripture there is not only a moment of truthfully looking at one’s own life but also looking at who Jesus is.

Take a few minutes and meditate upon this text with these two questions:
1. Who am I?
2. Who is Jesus?

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