Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Woman's Testimony

John 4:28-30
The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

Yes: the woman at the well. The Samaritan. We looked at Jesus’ words to the disciples while she was going to her village before. Now we’re looking at her story.

John 4:39-42
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.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word.
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.”

Some of the people were able to just hear what she told them and believed in Jesus, but others had to see Him themselves, just like today. Some people can just listen and believe, while others have to ‘see the nails’.

But ‘seeing the nails’ could be just having some experience where they saw a miracle. (Or it could be that they see the nails when they meet Jesus in heaven, but we hope that they realize the truth before they get there.).

Those people could also need to read God’s Word and read Jesus’ story. What we say can only go so far (human error got us into this mess, and it probably won’t get us out). Our minds can change, but the Bible is concrete words on a page. Every time they go to it, it will be the same words.

People may hear our testimonies, and then are saved because of something they read in the Bible. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t tell our testimonies! Maybe they wouldn’t have read the Bible if it hadn’t been for our testimony, like the people wouldn’t have heard Jesus talk if it hadn’t been for the woman’s testimony.

Have a great day in Christ!
In His Service,

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