Jesus had just told the woman this…
24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us."
She knew the truth of Messiah.
She knew the One was coming.
She probably expected Him soon.
There was a tremendous sense of expectation of Messiah.
But, I do not believe she expected to hear the next Word of the Lord.
26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."
Nothing verbal at this moment.
She had to be dumbfounded.
The Moment was “interrupted” by the return of the disciples (they had been in the city fetching victuals).
27 At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or, "Why do You speak with her?"
The disciples were amazed that Jesus was speaking with a woman.
But, we do the same.
We often betray a subtle lack of belief that the Lord truly came for all mankind.
What did the woman do?
28 So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and said to the men,
29 "Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?"
30 They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.
She went straight to the city...even leaving her waterpot.
Here she was, simply expecting another lonely trip to the well in the heat of the day.
Now she is returning with the news that she had encountered Messiah - face-to-face.
She reported to the men.
Likely, the women would have nothing to do with her.
The men knew her...some better than others.
They were curious.
So, what was the response of the woman to Jesus’ statement that “I Who speak to you am He”?
Her deeds reveal that she believed.
She went and told the good news.
We are to do likewise.
Speak the Good News.
Has not Messiah come?
Rejoice with us in the birth of Elizabeth “Ellie” Grace Ostberg, 12/23/10, 7lbs, 2oz, 21 in. All are well.