7-19-15 — Part Two: “Christ the Messiah”

Scripture: John 4:1-26

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritanwoman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirstyand have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

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The word ‘Messiah’ is translated as “The Anointed One” and was traditionally used to refer to kings in the Old Testament.

Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ or meshiach or mashiakh or mashiah / Aramaic: מְשִׁיחָא or mshikha

Greek equivalent: Khristos (Christ) –> a title rather than a name. It denotes that He was anointed or consecrated to His great redemptive work as Prophet, Priest, and King of his people. (Source: http://christiananswers.net/dictionary/christ.html)

However, Jesus shattered all traditional expectations of what a Messiah King should be. Where kings entered Jerusalem in splendor, Jesus entered humbly. Where king rules, Jesus served. Where king fought, Jesus forgave.

The title of Christ pointed out Jesus as the man the Jews were expecting, even if He didn’t look like it to them.

In His conversation with the Samaritan woman (a miracle in and of itself), Jesus bridged the gap between physical reality and spiritual fulfillment for her. She spoke in terms of harsh physical reality: “I need water every day; you can give me water so I’ll never be thirsty? You Jews say that the place we can worship/be absolved is Jerusalem. I don’t have a husband.” Jesus spoke in terms of spiritual fulfilment, of worshiping God in spirit and truth, regardless of any physical location.

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”

As the Messiah, Jesus Christ came for all and made Himself a servant rather than ruled through physical strength as the Kings of old. He was, nevertheless, and is the Anointed One.

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