No-Names of the World

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” John 4:19-26

The Woman at the Well is having a once in a lifetime encounter with the Son of God. He had just reminded her of her marriage history, even though the two had never met before. She called Him a prophet but he builds on that thought.

We don’t know at all her reaction to his statement “I, the one speaking to you, I am he [the Messiah],” but it must have shocked her (1) that someone would claim to be that Messiah, and (2) if he was telling the truth, that he would even be speaking to someone like her.

But as we’ve been seeing all along, Jesus made it a point to approach and interact with the “no names,” the little people, like you and me.

I am encouraged by that because we are the no names of the world. We are but one out of six billion people in the world. I don’t know about you, but it’s comforting to know that the Son of God has time for me.


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