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Come see a man

'Come see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?'

John 4:29

I love the poetry in these words. No other translation comes near to affecting my soul like this one does. The joy of the new birth is beyond words. Old things have passed away behold all things have become new, even our language. I wonder what kind of thoughts were going through this woman’s mind as she got out of her bed that particular morning?

Would she have been like many today, rushing to get things done having little or no time for prayer or reading. Perhaps some burden lay heavy upon her, a burden that no one knew about but herself. Did she think in her heart as many of us do, all these things are against me!

Did she dread the morning light and the start of another new day? Was a particular sin gnawing away at her conscience, depriving her of peace? Well things were about to change, and if this woman lived to lay her head on her pillow that same night she would have nothing but praise in her heart for the wondrous workings of God in her life that day.

'He must needs go through Samaria.'

It had been planned from all eternity that our Lord should meet face to face with this woman at this particular well, in this town, and at that exact time! Nothing in heaven above nor on the earth beneath could have prevented this meeting.

Perhaps you have been waiting many days, months or even many years for such a meeting with the Lord. Are you still a stranger to grace and to God? Are you living without Christ and without hope in this world? Or are you a child of God awaiting a renewing and revival in your soul?

Daily we are ask ourselves, where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord? Our prayer is 'restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.'

Whatever our condition may you and I meet face to face with this same Jesus. His timing is always perfect. How will we see Him? By faith! Will we recognise Him? Be sure of it. Today may be the day when salvation comes to our home. Would to God we would hear our loved ones crying today, ‘Come see a man who told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ?’

We may think He delays in His dealings with us. Not so my friend. Let patience have her perfect work. Do not get in the way of a work of grace in the soul. Allow God free reign to do business with our souls, and the blessings shall descend upon us as surely as the dew that fell on Hermon.

The fool doth in his heart conclude that there is no God! You my friend are not a fool. You know full well that there is a God and that one day soon you must meet Him face to face, either as Saviour or as Judge. What will it be? Dare you put your salvation off for one more hour? Can you honestly promise yourself one more breath?

Believe me my friend I have had the feeling recently that my next breath would be my last, and I can assure you that it is not a pleasant feeling, even although I am a Christian and my salvation sure. I am prepared to meet my God.

Are you truly satisfied with your life today? Do you have everything that you need or are you yearning still for material gain? If and when you get what you long for, what then?

Perhaps there is a great dissatisfaction and a restlessness in your life at present? Things are not going wrong, it's just that something is missing! There is a drought in your soul and nothing but drinking the Living Waters will quench that thirst.

I tell you my friend, I am praying for you as I write this. Try as you may, nothing can satisfy the longing soul but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Both Christ and this woman had come to Jacob's well on a mission. Only one mission was accomplished. We are told that the woman returned to her city leaving her water pot behind. She had met face to face with Jesus and she left that well a new person.

The joy of sins forgiven, the vision of an eternity with Christ fills the soul with rapture. She could not wait to tell all around her what she had seen and heard. Her faithful witness bore much fruit.

All who know the Lord as their Messiah have a message of Good News to proclaim. Are you faint in your witness? Are you content to leave speaking about Christ to others? Do you view it as a task for Pastors and Elders but not for you?

Remember my friend you also have to give an account on the last day, and that will include your witnessing to others. Are you ashamed to have Christ as your Saviour? If not, then prove it!

Be encouraged by the words written in this same chapter. 'Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.' Drink deeply today and satisfy your thirst, then tell others that they need not perish in a lost eternity!

Whatever your situation, I pray this day that you will be able to sing a new song.  ‘Come see a man who told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ?’

I love you, but Christ loves you even more!