Perhaps the Old Testament prophets or the Father, who prepared them for this hour. In the West, we have a similar metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants, meaning that we discover new truths by building on previous discoveries. Jesus' own ministry built on that of John the Baptist, who stood in a long line of prophets who had preached repentance and faith even before him.
To the Corinthian church that was denigrating one preacher and exalting another, the Apostle Paul used a similar analogy:. And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe -- as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
Whether your ministry is primarily to sow share your faith, testify, preach , to water discipleship , or to reap lead people to Christ , all are important -- and when the harvest comes in, everyone will "get paid. But, Paul, reminds us, as he shifts his analogy from sowing and reaping to building:.
Each of us is responsible for the quality of our work. We can't be lazy or sloppy! That dishonors the "Lord of the harvest" who calls us Matthew 9: According to this analogy, what will Christian workers receive at the end of the age when the final harvest takes place and Christ comes? Notice the remarkable result of one woman's testimony -- and a despised woman at that! The progression is clear. Many believed because of the woman's testimony -- that is, they believed enough to seek out Jesus themselves and came to a greater, more complete faith.
Others who didn't come out initially became believers when Jesus and his disciples stayed in the village for two additional days!
It's our job to bring people to a place where they can listen to Jesus for themselves. Ultimately, it is Jesus' own words that they will believe or disbelieve. It is quite remarkable that Jesus stayed in this Samaritan town for two days. Many strict Jews would have considered him disgusting, unclean by his voluntary social contact with the Samaritans.
I expect that it was difficult for the disciples themselves to adapt this way. It went against everything they had always believed and all their prejudices. Indeed, on other occasions Jesus hesitated to preach outside of Israel Mark 7: Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. But this was a special case, an exception to the rule.
As you know, I pastored in the Panhandle of Texas for 3 years. Many believed because of the woman's testimony -- that is, they believed enough to seek out Jesus themselves and came to a greater, more complete faith. Perhaps the Old Testament prophets or the Father, who prepared them for this hour. Ripe for Harvest World Outreach. Behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes and behold the fields, for they are already white to harvest.
We know that Jesus didn't let men's traditions keep him from his ministry -- even though it upset the Pharisees. Here, he didn't let his own "rules" prevent him from ministering to the Samaritans, even though that wasn't the main focus of his ministry. This extended section on Jesus' ministry in Samaria concludes with the Samaritans' words:.
Though this story isn't included by the other Gospel writers, John includes it to underscore Jesus' ministry outside of Israel, such as the Gentiles the Apostle John is ministering to in Ephesus and elsewhere. A number of verses in John's writings allude to Christ being Savior of the World:. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Jesus is not a Jewish Messiah only -- or a Messiah to twenty-first century Americans.
He is the Savior of the whole world. And because this is true, his commission to us is to take the gospel to the whole world. What began in Israel, spread to Samaria. When Philip came to Samaria a decade or so later, many people responded to his ministry there -- Jesus had sown the seed.
And the gospel spread to Asia Minor and to Europe. Our prayer is that someday:. Why do you think Jesus stayed two days in Samaria, when elsewhere he instructed his disciples not to preach in Samaritan villages?
What does it mean that Jesus is the Savior of the whole world? What are its implications for our lives? For your church's mission?
At the end of this period, God will turn back to Israel and gather His final harvest of them. Many have gone before us in America planting the seeds of the Gospel. We have the tendency to think of witnessing as being something for another day, but Jesus told the disciples to look around them TODAY. Harvest time is always a busy time. As you know, I pastored in the Panhandle of Texas for 3 years.
While there I watched, first hand, as all the workmen in the Panhandle stopped their regular jobs and worked around the clock — for weeks — until the harvests were gathered in. All night long you could great combines harvesting the various grains and huge trucks driving beside them to receive the grain. It was a sober environment.
The whole community was united in one purpose — to gather the harvest while they could. Evangelism , Woman At Well , Soulwinning.
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