Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: John 4:5-30

In spite of the awkward situation, a Samaritan woman encountering a Jewish man at a well, Jesus was not bothered in the least.  He opened the conversation, and the woman found Jesus to be amazing. Not just because He was reaching out to a social outcast like herself, but also because He was reaching out to a sinner outcast like herself.

Who is this Man who brazenly asks for a drink of water and then graciously offers living water?  Who is this Man who knows everything about this woman’s dark past and yet offers the gift of eternal life?  This is Jesus!  This is the Christ who is come to seek and to save sinners!

Jesus is the Christ who is come to seek and to save us all.  Jesus knows our sin-checkered past.  He knows the total depravity of our sinful hearts and lives.  Jesus is come to seek you out and to invite you to drink deeply from the wells of salvation that spring from His blood-soaked cross, whereon He has paid the price for all your trespasses and sins with the sacrifice of His own sinless life.

The woman asked the townspeople, “Can this be the Christ?”  By the grace of God, we know that “these things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)

Prayer: Lord, Your words are waters living When my thirsting spirit pleads.  Lord, Your words are bread life-giving; On Your words my spirit feeds.  Lord, Your words will be my light Through death’s cold and dreary night; Yes, they are my sword prevailing And my cup of joy unfailing! (Speak, O Lord Your Servant Listens, LSB 589:3)

This devotion was written by Rev. Carl Cloeter – Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Williamsburg, IA.

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