Week Two - Day Three
Worship Jesus in truth
John 4:23-26 - “...But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
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.
What’s in a name? There are at least 16 different names for God in the Old Testament. In these writings, God reveals himself to us as our provider, shepherd, healer, etc. In biblical times, a name carried a great explanation of its owner; it carried significance and power. The names of God are revealed in the Scriptures and embody depictions and promises. God ultimately chose to display himself in a particular time in history, in the person of Jesus. Paul wrote in Colossians 1:19 that “all the fullness in God was pleased to dwell” in Jesus. God came in fleshly form and walked among us (John 1:14). This God-man sat down at a well in Samaria and explained to the Samaritan woman how authentic worship of God must be done “in truth.” Ironically, God’s revealed truth wasn’t a fact or written statement, but rather a person standing directly in front of the woman. God had come to his people. The divinity and power of Jesus glanced upon the woman in his knowledge of her past. This seemed to evoke in the woman a longing for her Savior, “When he comes, he will tell us all things.” The compassion and tenderness of God becomes apparent when Jesus gently replied, “I who speak to you am he.” When she understood the “truth” with whom she was speaking, her only possible response was worship!
• Why do you believe that Jesus is God?
• List instances in your life where Jesus has shown you who he is.
• Jesus revealed himself as “the truth” and the woman’s response was worship by sharing with others. How can you live in light of “the truth” of Jesus today?
• Record your responses and share them with someone in your discipleship group or family.