"An Hour is Coming, and Now Is..."
“An Hour is Coming, and Now Is…”
Now, we get to the heart of the encounter in John 4.
The woman acknowledged that Jesus is a Prophet.
The woman inquired as to the proper mode/place of worship.
Hear the Word of the Lord…
21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
22 "You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
There is so much here.
The Lord tells her/us that it is not the mountain or location that is the issue.
The Lord tells her/us that she did not know what she was worshipping.
The Lord tells her/us that the Jews worshipped what they knew.
The Lord tells her/us that salvation if from the Jews.
But, and hour is coming...a time is coming…
The time now is!
True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.
Not in the rituals and mechanizations of man.
Not even in the feasts and festivals of God.
In Spirit and Truth.
God is spirit.
Those who worship him must worship Him in spirit and truth.
Note this profound truth.
Such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
Father seeks for folk to worship Him.
Father is active.
In this verse we see Him searching for those to support...
2 Chronicles 16
9 "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
We hear so much in the modern church about “seekers”...those who are “spiritually aware”, “seeking God”, “sensitive”, etc.
Rarely do we hear that God is seeking worshippers.
Not a good show.
Not good programs.
Not slick presentations.
Not soulish-stirrings of man’s creativity.
He is looking for those who will worship Him in Spirit and Truth.
Do you worship in this manner?
What do you consider to be worship?
If we examine ourselves I suspect that we will find that much of what we do in the name of “worshipping the Lord” falls short of the Word of the Lord.
Let’s adjust to what God says.