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|Now We Believe
And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man
said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come,
see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. In the mean while his disciples prayed him,
saying, Master, eat.
But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say
not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up
your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth
receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that
reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another
reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye
are entered into their labours.
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which
testified, He told me all that ever I did.
So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with
them: and he abode there two days.
And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we
believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is
indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (KJV)
The disciples were surprised that Jesus spoke to the woman. After all, she was a Samaritan. But
they did not ask Him about it.
The woman then went into the city to tell the men about Jesus, saying Come, see a man, which
told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? She was so excited that she left her
waterpot. She had come to the well to get water, and Jesus caused her to forget what she had
come to the well for.
How excited are we about Jesus? How important is it to us to get the message of who Jesus is to
those we know? Who are we willing to declare to that Jesus is the Christ?
(Matthew 28:18-20) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me
in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the
world. Amen. (KJV)
(Mark 16:15-16) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall
be damned. (KJV)
The results of her enthusiasm, or zeal, was that they went out of the city, and came unto Him.
Meanwhile His disciples were pleading with Him to eat. But He turns the conversation to spiritual
matters. I have meat to eat that ye know not of. There were things that He had to do that they did
not yet realize. They did not yet comprehend His trials, crucifixion, and resurrection. But, His
disciples could not wrap their minds the spiritualization of His words, and wondered if anyone had
brought Him something to eat.
Again, Jesus tries to direct their minds from physical food. My meat is to do the will of Him that
sent me, and to finish His work. Obedience to His Father, and to do the work that God had given
Him was more important to Jesus than eating.
(Luke 2:46-52) And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting
in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard
him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were
amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy
father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?
wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the saying
which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was
subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in
wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (KJV)
How important is it to you?
It was four months until harvest of the crops; but, Jesus said, behold I say unto you, Lift up your
eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. They were looking at the physical
harvest, but Jesus looked to the spiritual harvest. The time had come, and now is, when the
proclamation of the gospel needs to be presented to the world, and souls harvested. We are
talking about gathering fruit unto life eternal. Moses, the prophets, and John had prepared the
people. Now they would reap the benefits.
The Samaritans asked Jesus to stay with them for a while, because many believed on Him for the
saying of the woman. Therefore, He stayed for two days. And many more believed because of His
own word; saying, Now we believe, … for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is
indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.
(Acts 17:11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the
word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were
(Philippians 2:12) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and