Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24
This chapter in John’s Gospel is the account of Jesus conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He was tired and thirsty from his journey, probably hungry too, for his disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
“Will you give me a drink?” asked Jesus of the Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well. And so began a conversation that would ultimately lead to many in the town believing in Jesus because of the testimony of the woman, “He told me everything I ever did.”
Sandwiched between (no pun intended) the conversation starter and Samaritans flocking to meet Jesus was an in-depth back-and-forth involving differences of opinion on religious beliefs, a promise of living water, matters of eternal life and five husbands!
To which the Samaritan woman endeavored to change the conversation away from Jesus’ personal and penetrating insight to something, she thought, less revealing: the place of true worship.
And even after Jesus set her straight on the essence of true worship, and declared to her he was the Messiah, the thing that mattered most was the personal revelation that not only was she with a guy who wasn’t her husband (a big no-no back then), but she had five previous husbands – a considerable number even in today’s day and age!
Sure, she exaggerated. Jesus didn’t exactly tell her everything she ever did. He knew and told her enough though.
And it was because of that that she was open to consider more.
Isn’t it this that brings us to worship the Father in the Spirit and in the truth?