In the book of John, chapter 7, verse 7, Jesus answers the disciples’ request that He go to Judea to “show off” with His miracles. In verse 6 Jesus said the timing wasn’t right for Him to go. And in verse 7 He explains further by saying that the world hates Him because He accuses the world of doing evil.
Earlier in John, Jesus confronts a Samaritan woman and tells her “everything she’s ever done”. He also offers her the hope of “living water”. Initially, she has only two choices. She can either accept or reject His assessment.
Rejecting His assessment would give her two options:
- She might likely become angry, call Him a judgemental hater, and go rile up the crowds to come after Him to ridicule Him or even do Him harm.
- She might just laugh Him off as a crazy buffoon.
Accepting His assessment would give her three options:
- Like number 1 above, she could become angry, call Him a judgemental hater, and go rile up the crowds to come after Him to ridicule Him or even do Him harm.
- She could leave sad (see rich, young ruler in Matthew 19:16-22).
- She could accept the “living water” which would “become in her a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
She obviously chose #3 and went and told others and they believed and accepted the living water as well.
When it comes to the Word of God telling you you’re a sinner, where do you fall on the above? Accept or reject? Does it make you angry or are you thankful or have you walked away sad? I’m grateful that His Spirit pointed out my evil heart and my sin. It means He cares about me. If He pointed out my sin and offered no remedy, that would just be cruel. And if He failed to point it out, that would be unloving. But He loves you enough to point out your sin and to offer you forgiveness through His shed blood on the cross. To the woman at the well, He called it “living water”. Today we call it salvation. Don’t be mad. Don’t be sad. Be glad.