Week Two - Day One
Jesus is God and man
John 4:7-15 - A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Colossians 1:15-20 - He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
The woman at the well needed Jesus. Her life was littered with broken relationships. Although she may not have recognized it at first, the love and acceptance for which she was longing stood before her in the person of Jesus. As a Samaritan, she was separated from the worship of God at the temple in Jerusalem. She knew that the Messiah had been promised, but she did not know he had come and was speaking to her. Jesus was likely not what she had expected. Samaritans only accepted the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) as Scripture, and she knew Moses’ prophecy in Deuteronomy 18:18-19:
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
Maybe she was looking specifically for a prophet like Moses who would boldly speak on behalf of the Lord and call the people back to God. Maybe she was looking for a priestly figure who would intercede, as Moses had, for the people and offer sacrifices for the forgiveness for their sins. Maybe she was looking for a kingly leader who would boldly lead God’s people out from under the rule of the Roman empire. The thirsty traveler at the well did not fit into any of these categories; he seemed a man, weary and dusty from the road. Jesus was a man who looked like other Jewish men. He had no special form or majesty that would set him apart (Isa 53:2). But, Jesus was more than a mere traveler. Jesus was all that she could look for: prophet, priest and king. The one true God in the flesh as prophesied by Moses and the prophets. He offered this Samaritan woman eternal life! How could he do this? Only God holds eternity. Jesus could make this astounding offer because he is fully God. Paul writes to the Colossian church, “all things were created through him and for him.”
Jesus can offer eternal life because he is the God who controls eternity. All the fullness of God came to Earth in human form with one objective: to rescue his people who have gone astray in sin (v. 20). He has come to make peace between God and man through his sacrificial death on the cross. Jesus knew why he was here. He offers a thirsty world a never ending fountain that brings eternal life.
It is easy for us to think of Jesus in finite terms. He can be a good teacher, a moral leader, a buddy, or a disapproving judge. Jesus is the compassionate man exhibited in the gospels, but he is also the eternal God of the universe. Our understanding of Jesus directly affects how we relate to and worship him.
• Pray and ask God to give you a clearer picture of who Jesus is. Spend 5 minutes thanking and praising him for his attributes.
• Do you tend to relate to Jesus’ humanity or divinity more? What errors might you make when focusing on Jesus only in this aspect?
• What blessing exists when you worship Jesus holistically?
• Record your responses and share what God is revealing to someone in your family or discipleship group.