Today’s Reading: John 4:39-42
The Samaritan woman simply could not help but speak of the things she had seen and heard. She had seen Jesus, the Christ. She had heard from Him Good News of “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Keeping it all to herself was not an option. She had to go and tell the Good News about Jesus.
And as a result of her testimony, many in the town of Sychar believed. For two days Jesus stayed with them, and those people themselves saw with their eyes and they heard with their ears the truth that Jesus is indeed the Savior of the world.
How and where might we, too, go to see and hear the Good News that this Jesus is indeed the Savior of the world? In the Divine Service, Jesus Himself comes to us and He speaks His Word, into our ears, “I am He!” In the words of Absolution, spoken by your pastor, He declares, “You are forgiven!” In His Holy Supper, there is Jesus, really and truly present, granting you life and salvation.
Thanks be to God who has gifted us with the very means by which we too may see and hear, and go and tell, that Jesus “is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Prayer: Give us lips to sing Thy glory, Tongues Thy mercy to proclaim, Throats that shout the hope that fills us, Mouths to speak Thy holy name. (Thy Strong Word, LSB 578:5).
This devotion was written by Rev. Carl Cloeter – Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Williamsburg, IA.