Our text describes Jesus’ compassion and ministry to a fallen woman who was living a life of despair.
He crossed racial barriers, national barriers, and traditional barriers to bring God’s blessings into her life.
She was so affected by his ministry that she forgot what she had come to the well for and departed immediately into the city to tell others about the Messiah whom she had come to know.
This experience in a Samaritan city among people despised by the Jews was intended by our Lord to prepare his disciples for a future ministry to those who normally were considered outside the circle of God’s concern.
In the world and our community we are all reminded of the perils to which the lost are exposing themselves, unless they come to Jesus. There are those who face the peril of being lost from God.
Jesus came as the expression of God’s love so that he might rescue people from being lost forever.
‘‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’’
It is sad that one of our greatest failures in this world is failure to come to know God through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
The burden of the words of Jesus in our passage today should impress upon us the privilege that we have as being labourers in the fields that is ready for harvest.
Let us all help each other to know about Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Then, we will all receive spiritual blessings from him, because he is the Lord of harvest.
We will be gathering fruit for the eternal life which is ours through the new birth that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed and wonderful week. Amen.
■ Contributed by Rev Dr Hawea Jackson of the Deniliquin Uniting Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.