They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:42
Can we just pause and let those last few words of the verse sink in.
Savior. Of. The. World.
I love the first few words too, they aren’t taking what others said at face-value, instead they are experiencing the goodness of God for themselves. Let’s back up a minute so we know who they are talking to and talking about.
In John 4:1-24 we see the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, In verse 25 she is acknowledging that there is a messiah and he will be coming.
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Jesus then gets to tell her that he is the Messiah (more on this a little later!)
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
That’s kind of exciting, at least it seems exciting to me. It’s reminds me of those TV shows where long lost family members get to reunite, or even have a casual conversation before one of them says, “by the way I am your father, or long lost brother”.
Just then the disciples come back and them seem to “ruin” the moment, they don’t say anything (even though scripture says they are very surprised to find Jesus talking to her v. 27) But the intimate moment that the Samaritan woman and Jesus shared was gone, so was it is enough to convince her that Jesus was in fact, the Messiah?
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
*As an aside I feel like I need to point out that she completely left her water jar (what she went to the well seeking) because she had found something so much better! Jesus even tells her this when he calls himself the living water.
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.” John 4:13-14
She abandons what temporarily satisfies and chooses what will eternally satisfy, are you willing to do the same?
Will you truly and completely abandon your comforts of this earth and pursue what Jesus has for you?
For fun, let’s see what happens as a result of sharing her testimony.
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
It was her testimony to others that got them there, but it was their intimate encounter with Jesus that made them believe.
That’s what Jesus as our savior in this passage shows us, he is both our personal savior in which we have a deep relationship with him, and the savior of the world.
Pretty neat, huh?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. Revelations 22:1-2