27 March 2011

John 4:5-42

"Jesus said to them, 'My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.'" (v. 34)


This week the readings hover between repentance and obedience: on one hand calling us to obedient living, and on the other remonstrating with us for our inability to follow God's commands. Today's story of the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well fits perfectly within a Gospel written to persuade all who read it that this is the story of Christ, sent from God to complete God's saving work of grace. Here is a life that is irrevocably changed by faith in Jesus.

Jesus came to earth to transform lives. This is grace, freely given and available to everyone, even those who are traditionally seen as outcasts from 'polite society'. Sometimes we find it hard to accept how amazing grace really can be. Even when we have made the worst of mistakes and are scarred from falling, God lifts us up, heals us and leads us forward. The Samaritan woman had lived a life which was utterly unacceptable in her culture, but Jesus still touched her life with love. It is by love that we can be transformed.

To Ponder

How can we share the message of transforming grace to those who feel least welcome in our Church communities?

Do you think that it is possible to share the unconditional love of God if we cannot offer unconditional welcome to those we meet? Why? Or why not?

There are many ways that grace can transform your life. How far are you willing to surrender to grace and allow Jesus to finish God's work in you?

Bible notes author

Mia Briggs

Mia Briggs used to be a local preacher. She is now a member of the student clergy in the Metropolitcan Community Church.