October 19, 2009

Jesus says, "Come."

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."- Matthew 11:28
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’" - John 7:37-38
There is never a bad time to come to Jesus. No matter what you've done or haven't done. No matter how young or old you may be. No matter where you come from or where you live. No matter what your circumstances are, Jesus says, "Come." Let's learn from the story of the Samaritan woman at the well.
Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John(though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did).So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!” Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him. John 7:1-30
Notice that Jesus didn't say to the woman, "If only you had met me sooner, I could have saved you a lot of trouble." Nor did he say, "I wish you would have come to me before you got married 5 times, you're too far gone now for me to help you." He didn't say, "I could have given you living water if you hadn't messed things up so bad, now you're too unclean." He also didn't say, "Too bad you're a Samaritan, you know Samaritan's just don't measure up." He didn't even say, "I have living water, but it's only for men. I shouldn't even be talking to you." Jesus looks at each person as an eternal soul that he created and loves and he always says, "Come," no matter what he sees. All we have to do is say "Yes" and then follow him. The only time it is too late to say yes to Jesus is after you have died or he has returned to earth to take his own home. We don't know when either of these will happen. Could it be today, next week, next year? Only God knows. Don't wait until it's too late. Answer his call today. "Come."

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! I hate that I have to put moderation on, but if I don't I get bombarded with spam emails! Hate that! But love that you visited so let me know you were here!