“Come and see!”

John 4:27-42

In the Gospel of John, three different women make significant confessions about Jesus. In the garden of the resurrection (John 20), Mary Magdalene recognizes the risen Jesus. She runs to tell the disciples the good news. Just before Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead in John 11, the dead man’s sister, Martha, confesses that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. And in today’s text, the Samaritan woman, who gives Jesus a drink of water, runs to tell others what he said and did. In her excitement, she poses the question, “He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”

You bet he can! Others went to hear Jesus because the Samaritan woman challenged them to “Come and see.” That invitation is at the heart of evangelism. We ask others to come and see because, at the invitation of someone, we once went and saw. What we saw—and still see—is the one who gives the water of life. He cannot be the Messiah, can he? What do you think?

Giver of the water of life, we ask you to fill us so that we will never be thirsty again. Help us to spread the good news by asking others to come, see and drink. Amen.
 
“Let Us Hold Fast” is a publication of Luther Seminary.2481 Como Ave. | St. Paul, MN 55108, 651-641-3456 | 888-358-8437 www.luthersem.edu