The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” John 1:25-26 (NIV)
The woman expresses the fact that she has been informed. Does she speak for all of us? Have we heard that He would come to us? Do we know that the Messiah was to come from God? Did we understand that the Father in Heaven intended to pave a path for us to return to Him? Has this news reached even us? Were we told that Christ would come and teach us? Did it come to our attention that He would care about us and explain to us what we need to know about God? This woman who spoke with Jesus received this response from Him. He testifies about Himself. He admits that this job is His. As the realization dawns upon this blessed woman, can we too receive a gift of awareness? She met Jesus at a well. Can we still meet Him today?
There has been a lot of talk of finding Jesus. It has been the cry of many a revivalists. But is it just a neat catch-phrase used by Christians? Is it just a sweet sounding blend of words? Or is there something more that may need to occur? Should we think that there is a process and an actual encounter that should take place? Would all the hype be over coming to terms with a mental concept? Do we need to try to convince our logic that Jesus was the Christ? Is this what all the fuss is about? Or could there be something more meaningful that takes place? Is it possible that instead of rational thinking and mere convincing of the mind, each person could actually meet Jesus? If there is a chance that some have truly come to know Him, would we like to be one of those people? If we were talking about a normal human being, what would we do? If someone said, “you just have to meet Joe,” what would we do? If our interest was sufficiently sparked, we might get up and go find this, Joe so that we could find out what the fuss is all about. We could meet him and get to know him for ourselves. But what about the Son of God? Scriptures say He did His work here and returned to the Father. If we want to meet Him, what do we do?
The standard replies may direct us to this building or that group of believers. Some may try to sell us a set of rules or traditions to follow. But can Jesus be found in a system? They may help, but do we think the actual encounter will need to be sought? We can learn all we need to know of Christ´s teachings in the Holy Bible. We will find written there His promised explanations from Heaven. But until we actually sit down with the Messiah, what will we gain? Until we truly know Him, how can we understand His teachings? Are we interested enough in this Messiah? Do we really want to know what He is about? If so, then shall we each throw off any notion to dissuade us? Shall we all begin a determined search within the deepest and most sincere part of us? Shall we lift up our very heart up in prayer? Shall we ask the Holy Spirit to bring us into an encounter with Christ? Shall we resist anyone´s attempt to sell us anything less than a deep and meaningful relationship with the Son of God? Shall we not rest until we find ourselves in His Presence?
Dear Lord, those of us who have tasted an encounter with Jesus will understand that our experience has only sharpened our desire and yearning to know You more. We pray for those who have never made the experience of meeting You important enough to seek. Along with them we pray now for further outpouring of Your Spirit. Lead us and guide us all closer to You in truth and in actual living experience today!