Good afternoon to all, grace and peace in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have been reflecting on what a lot of people talk about being a Christian writer, and wanting very much to understand others on their journey as he does his work in me. Christ has given me a mind to judge all things as I grow in him. The golden rule is a big topic in many circles today, including my own circles "Treat others as we would treat ourselves", but first shouldn't we test, and see who we are before we can treat others as ourselves? If we are in Christ as this golden rule was written by and to follow, and we say Christ is in us because we say we have given ourselves to him, should we first not look how he treated people before we can test, and see if we are as he was? This would be a good test to test ourselves if he is truly working in us, and through us for others? He tells us we should be loving others as he loved others, but are we truly loving others has he did?
The question, "How did Jesus treat people?", will have a different response from the people he treated. We are going to look intently at each group and see how he treated each group and their response will tell us what they would say when you ask them as if they were living today. Today the same response will be the same from each of these groups that are living today. I can tell you how he treated me when he found me, and I wanted to be found by him. I was a sinner lost, and confused most of my life. His grace, and love had a huge effect on me, and changed me forever. For someone else they may have a different answer, and be forming a different Jesus has a result without realizing it. There are many "Christians" today that take a part of Jesus they like, and discard the rest they don't like because that part of him does not suit them, or that part of God does not suit them as a result they are forming their own god, and calling him Jesus. They are claiming he is in them, and blessing all they do when in fact he is not. We have found some of our great leaders of our nation have marked out part of the Bible because it did not suit their needs as if they are taking parts of Jesus and marking him out. This study of our Lord Jesus, and how he treated people opened my eyes brighter, gave me more wisdom, and ears to hear his voice more clearly as he reveals his Spirit is truly working in, and through me for others. For that I am so very thankful to God for this study he lead me to, and now want to share with you hoping it will have the same effect on you as it did on me.
Before we begin we know Jesus knew who was going to betray him and who was not, but that never stopped him from telling his truth to all people. He never stopped telling them the truth over and over again during the first encounter that he met them through the last encounter with each of these groups during his three year ministry, and he does the same within in and through us today. "Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and GO AFTER the lost sheep UNTIL he finds it?""
We will begin with his disciples because that is who he began with after he defeated Satan through the Power of the Spirit, the person of God in him, which he had to do to prove his power over Satan in the beginning as we also do with sin and it's temptations in the beginning after we receive the Spirit of God. If you do not have the power in you to defeat Satan and his temptations of sin in your body, mind and soul I am not sure you are going to treat people right as he does during our study. You first have to have the Holy Spirit in you to defeat Satan, and his temptations before any of us can treat people has he did. If you do not have the Holy Spirit you will have the wrong temperament, either to soft, or to hard.
He first saw the disciples through Matthew's account in Matthew 18-22. He said, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
These were not highly educated rulers, or scholars. They were honest hard working family men taking care of their families by a trade they had learned that was low in the pay scale, low in wisdom of the world, low in accomplishments, and low in the professional world. They might not have dressed right, held the right office, or appeared to have the right wisdom for someone else to listen to. At once these smelly, dirty, common fishermen followed him, and they left nets, boats, and fathers. There were no questions. They did not ask, "Who are you to tell me where to go?" "Who are you to ask me to leave my father, my fishing life that provides for my family, and who are you to tell me where to go, what to think, how to live?" Why do you suppose they followed a man they knew nothing about personally? It was his authority, his presence, his holiness, and truth that lead them to follow. They were his people looking for him even though they did not know him, and who he truly was at the time, but God knew 11 of them would be his "fishers of men", the other one had a different purpose, a betrayer, and God knew who he was as well.
If you were to ask the disciples how Jesus treated them their response would be "He rebuked us when we were thinking of things of men instead of things of God."
Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men. 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for ME will find it.
We often get in God's way when we put things of men in front of God, and this Jesus tells us is the deception of Satan and not the work of God. We often think we are doing a godly work when we keep the suffering of God's purpose away from people when we all have to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him daily. We do not lose our life for others, we lose our life for God, and through us he will guide others to him. Jesus gave himself to the Father for his purpose, so his Father could work in and through him for his plan for his Son's life as the Son of Man and him being the Son of God made him the only one that could do it. Jesus did not lay down his life for people, but for God willingly so people would benefit from it, and he would prove the purpose for his life, and we follow his footsteps by His Spirit guiding us as it lived in and guided him.
The disciples would also tell us "He questioned our lack of faith in him, and our lack of understanding of him, ourselves, Satan and our Heavenly Father often. He told us things that would would understand and remember later through His Spirit. He loved us with all wisdom and truth of God our Father for his purpose of making him, and his love known for His Father and the Father's love for him he only knew. So we could be saved by Him and their love for each other, not to condemn us, but to save us and reveal who we truly are."
Matthew 6:30 "O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink? or 'What shall we wear?' Mathew 8:26 He replied, "You of little faith." Matthew 14:31 " You of little faith, why did you doubt?" Mathew 16:8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, "You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?" Matthew 16:16 "Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked. Matthew 17:17 "O unbelieving and perverse generation, "Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Matthew 17:20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 24:10 At that time (signs of the last days) many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
They would also reply when asked how Jesus treated them, "Jesus loved us more rightly than any other person did in the world, he taught us if we have faith in him we would not fear, or worry but have true peace and joy in Him. He said through having faith in him we would gain God's wisdom, confidence, and authority to do all the Father was asking us to do because of all the grace and power we would receive from the Holy Spirit. He taught us without faith in him we could not please God, we could do nothing worthwhile, or be nothing worthwhile for the true reality of the Kingdom of God he was creating for His reborn children. He told us his word would continue to wash us clean if we remained in him and his love. He treated us with all truth in who he was, and if we had faith in him we could receive within ourselves who we truly are, and by asking him through his name by His power and presence living within us we could have all we wish and desire.
John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father's glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be MY disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
Another large group of disciples left him, and what would they say if we ask them how Jesus treated them? What was Jesus's response to them leaving? They would tell us, "His teachings were to hard to understand, and were offensive to us that is why we left him.
His response to them leaving was this:
John 6:60-66 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it.? Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said, to them, "Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe, For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him." Form this time on many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
We notice we see MANY of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching" but not ALL of them. These words, "No one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him." This means we can never get to God or Jesus by our own understanding of him, or our own belief in who he is. He gives us all we need to be able to come by His Spirit. His words are created through His Spirit and they open up a whole new world for us in our body, spirit and soul. His Spirit gives life to the flesh, the flesh by itself counts for nothing, and they that live by their own flesh will always leave him and give up, not understand, or create a false god and Jesus making them a false prophet or the anti-Christ because he is not enabling them to come from their lack of unbelief in who he truly is.
There is another group that wanted to follow him but they were not willing to put him above all others, and possessions in their life. How would they respond if we traveled back in time, and asked them how Jesus treated them? They would probably say, "He was too hard on us, I could not put him him above myself, family, friends, and all I have worked for in my life. I wanted to follow him, but he asked me to leave my community, and I couldn't. He told me, 'Foxes have wholes, birds of the air have nest but the Son of Man has no where to lay his head.' Why could he not let me follow him on my terms; why did I have to follow him on his terms?"
Luke 9:57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go. 58 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
Luke 9:59 He sad to another man, follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, firs let me go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Luke 9:61 Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord: but firs let me go back and say good by to my family. 62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God"
Another group that he visited we can ask how they were treated by him was the group he visited from his home town. How did they view him, and how would they say he treated them? When we look at Matthew's account, Matthew 13:53-58 of the encounter we see they all were amazed at him at first. They said, "Where did this man get this wisdom, and these miraculous powers." Then they begin recognizing him, and took offense at him because he was only a carpenter's son, as if they were saying, "Who was he that could do all this?" Jesus response to this group was, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor." In Luke's account it gets more harsh for Jesus. Jesus makes them even more offensive by what Luke records of Jesus' response to them. In Luke's account, Luke 4:24-27 Jesus tells them about Elijah the prophet was not sent to any of them in his time because of their lack of faith, but to widow in the region of Sidon, and he tells them there were many who had Leprosy in Israel in Elijah's time but none of them were cleansed either because they had no faith only Naaman the Syrian was cleansed. How did they respond and how would many today respond if one of his prophets was to tell other Christians many are not healed or cleansed today because of their lack of faith? They were furious when they heard this, and they got up through him out of town and tried to throw him off a cliff, but being the person he was, he walked through the crowd and went on his way. How many churches today would run a prophet off if he told them they were lacking faith is why many are sick, not cleansed and receiving miracles? We are very quick in beleiving people by their words, and their own works have faith in Jesus. Jesus always says we can recognize all false prophets by their fruit of the Spirit, and we ourselves have to have the fruit of the Spirit in us before we can recognize it, or the lack of it in someone else. This judgement he gave us for ourselves through his Spirit and then recognizing it in others was not only for our own protection of staying away from them if they do not repent and received forgiveness, but also for us to have mercy, and grace to share his truth to bring those who are being deceived on the right path. Of course it is up to them if they are willing to listen to God's truth or not, and we always will keep drooping seeds or water drops of his word, praying for them through his love ,and our love he has for them.
Luke 17:1-6 Jesus said to his disciples; "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, "I repent; forgive him. The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
How many of us today are loving God enough to rebuke someone else for his purpose and his benefit of forgiveness, and mercy in knowing his truth will convict them for their benefit. Repentance means they have a change of heart, and if they continue to want to change we must forgive as God forgave us through his Spirit. Many people today are mistaking conviction from the Holy Spirit for condemnation from Satan. Godly sorrow will lead you to repentance. The conviction from the Spirit of God within us, and living for us, will always create in us a Godly sorrow but will provide for us a way out with His love, peace, and hope through his true forgiveness. We will always follow his forgiving presence as a true child of God and as Him being a true Father willing to always be lead by Him. Satan's condemnation will make us carry our guilt, and shame when we believe in our minds by his deception there is no way out. We need to watch our hearts and minds within ourselves and others, so we do not give the devil an inch, and receive what God has for us through his life giving Spirit from the cross; He died for us so Satan could be defeated and only by the grace he gives us he truly can as we keep close to the Son and Father. We need to set our minds on the Spirit and use what he gives us to defeat the doubt, self-pity, or pride that Satan tries to keep us tied up in. We are not worthy, but the Spirit of God in us is. We need to receive as we believe in his redeeming power of grace from his blood on the cross that was shed for us
If we were to travel back in time, and ask his home town how he treated them, what would their reply be from the evidence of this story told to us? They would say, "He treated us terrible, he performed only a few miracles because he claimed we had no faith. We were furious with this impostor claiming to be something he was not, and we tried our best to throw him off a cliff but he got away!"
There were some single relationships that were recorded that Jesus worked in, and by his relationship with these women he worked through many others. As we know a man can easily commit sexual immorality or many other sins and this one sin through these woman can reveal another in someone else as these relationships with these women did. All these people in turn can repent and begin again. Let us look at all three of these different relationships he had with these women and see how they responded and the others around them.
The first relationship we are going to investigate, meditate and ponder is recorded by John, in John 8:1-11. It is a woman adulterer that the teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought to the temple courts where Jesus was sitting teaching the people all around him. They made her stand in front of the crowd, hoping that they could trap Jesus, and have a reason to accuse him so many would quit following him. The Pharisees said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women, now what do you say?" Not in a hurry we see he bent down and began writing in the dirt with his finger. (No one knows what he wrote in the dirt, but many have different opinions.) They kept on questioning him, and finally he sat up straight and said, "If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." They all end up leaving because all have sinned, and Jesus is alone with her, and he says to her, "Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you?" "No Sir" she said. "Then neither do I condemn you", he declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
We can see Jesus treated this woman with truth, he did not ask her about her adultery because she did not deny it, and more importantly he knew she had, but forgave her, showed her mercy, and told her to leave her life of sin. He knew what was in her heart. She could leave her life of sin because God forgave her. Through his forgiveness we can turn our life of sin into a life of thankfulness and praise. No one on earth had that power before he came or ever can have that power but Him, and through him we are given that power of forgiveness lifting our shame and guilt for all to see so others will turn to him. He is the only one that can see our hearts, and for this purpose we also are given his Spirit that reveals the hearts of others. Her response matched what was in her heart. She responded as a person wanting to be saved, wanting to be forgiven, and wanting to be taught by him.
What would she say to us if we were to go back in time, and ask her how he treated her? She would say, "He treated me fairly, he did not try to sympathize with my sin or try to cover it up; he knew and helped me face it. More importantly somehow I knew he knew the truth, but he forgave me, and told me to leave that life. Through his words, and presence I received his grace and faith in him that would enable me to walk away from my life of sin, and I am able to praise him and hold on to his love for the rest of my life!" She could have retaliated against him, and told him it was not any of his business how she lived her life. Then she would of told us he was bossy, and arrogant thinking he could boss her around telling her what to do, but she didn't. She repented, and we can tell by the way she spoke to him with no guilt shame, anger or malice thoughts.
Another relationship with a woman we are going to investigate takes place at a Pharisees house. It is recorded in Luke 7:36-50. Jesus was invited to have dinner at a Pharisees house, he went, and reclined at the table. A sinful woman who lived a sinful life heard about him coming to dine with the Pharisee at his house. She went to the house, brought a jar of perfume with her, stood behind him at his feet weeping, and she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. The Pharisee saw this and said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him, and what kind of woman she is-that she is a sinner." Jesus answered him, "Simon I have something to tell you."
Before we go on let us discuss what is happening so far, this woman is a sinner but she obviously has a deep love for him for some reason. The Pharisee talks to himself, thinking this woman is not good enough to touch this prophet if he is one, this prophet should know this,and Jesus answers him. This tells us Jesus knows everything we are thinking and what our motives are. Jesus knew the Pharisee's thoughts to himself, Jesus addresses the Pharisee by his name, Simon, to call attention to him so he would know Jesus knew his thoughts, as well as the thoughts of the woman. Her name is not mentioned. He gave Simon the Pharisee a parable that should have clearly opened his eyes to see he was needing to receive forgiveness and mercy for his sins as much as the sinful woman had.
The Pharisee should not have seen any difference between the woman and himself. Jesus shows no favoritism, and he clearly is teaching this lesson to Simon and we should learn from his Spirit within ourselves and his word as well. The woman obviously was not afraid of what the Pharisee may do to her in his own house. In this age this is a big bold move this woman makes. Letting her hair down is a action not many approved of in their culture. People were not suppose to see a woman's hair in public much less at a Pharisee's house of integrity, and with high culture status. Today this is practiced still among the Jews. She had been given all freedom to praise him, thank him, and love him for all her sins he was able to forgive her for and all the rules of the law and the world she lived in had been shattered by his truth, joy, peace, grace, and love. That love she had for him no one could take away, and not even this Pharisee in his own house could keep her away from showing Jesus what he meant to her.
The Pharisee had the same debt of sin or maybe even bigger debt because he denied Jesus, but he did not see his, he only saw hers, and condemned her for it. "Who has been forgiven little loves little, who has been forgiven for much loves much." Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." Of course the other prominent guest could not believe any man could ever forgive sins, but this woman had faith in who Jesus was, and where he came from. Jesus at one point told the Pharisee's they had a different father they were following and he clearly was not our Father in Heaven and Jesus had no fear in telling them their father was the devil. These were "religious" people and yet he was clear who they were and he did not hesitate to tell them his truth, there was no sugar coating it, and I am sure they would have said something about his tone, confidence and authority they did not like.
John 8:43 "Why is my language not clear to you.? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding on to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
This is one of my favorite stories of how Jesus related to people because this woman like me, was forgiven much, and I like her love him much! This is how he wants to relate to all of us. The Pharisee and their pride in their own righteousness kept their eyes closed from seeing who Jesus truly was, they thought he was the devil and he knew they were listening to the devil and following him and not our true Father in Heaven. In front of everyone Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
If we were to ask the Pharisee Simon how he was treated by Jesus he probably would say, "How dare he come into my house and compare me with a sinner. He disrespected me in my own house by allowing this sinner pour perfume on him, wipe his feet with her hair, and kiss his feet. Then in front of everyone he told me what I did not do for him, who does he think he is, treating me this way, and a common man cannot forgive sins. He is of the devil and no truth of God is in him. No man can forgive sins, only God can"
If we were to ask the woman, what would she say when we ask her how did he treat her? She would say, "He treated me more graciously than I deserved for all the sins I committed but that is because of who he is, and his love for me was given freely without Him not wanting anything in return but for me to remain in him and his love, which was very easy since he had forgiven me for so much. His love for me changed my life, and how could I not give all of my love to him any way he wanted me to show it for him?
The next relationship is taking place at a well while Jesus was traveling through Samaria. It was a small town called Sychar which was near a plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It is recorded by John in John 4:1-42.
The Samaritans were a race of people the Jews did not get along with, nor did they get along with the Jews. They worshiped differently, but they too believed in the same God. They had some Pagan beliefs mixed in with Mosaic law. Because of their imperfect reference to Judaism, and their mix of pagan ancestry the Samaritans were despised by ordinary Jews. Rather than "contaminate" their ancestry blood line the "ordinary" Jews stayed away from Samaria and went all the way around Samari if they were traveling from Judea to Galilee has Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee at this time. He however wanted to prove a point to the Jews, and his other Gentile followers that would come later; Jesus went straight through Samari with no fear.
Jesus stopped at the well to rest, and a Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, " Will you give me a drink?" Her first response was, "You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman, How can you ask me for a drink?" The way each of them dressed would tell them who they were. One of my favorite words from Jesus is his response to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you wold have asked him and he would have given you living water." "If she knew the gift of God" These words say so much for us, if we know the gift of God, "Jesus" then we need no other gift!
Of course the conversation leads to him proving to her who he is because he knows everything about her, as he knows everything there is to know about us, and through us he will disclose all we need to know about ourselves and others for his purpose. She wants the water he is offering but does not understand the kind of water he is offering which is the Spirit of God. He tells her something that he knows is not true to lead her into seeing who he is. ""Go, call your husband and come back." "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said, is quite true."
Let us step back and look at this encounter. She just met this man, he is someone she is not suppose to associate with, he ask her to give him some water, then tells her to get her husband which he knows she doesn't have, tells her she has had 5 and the one she is with now is not her husband. I know a lot of woman that would ask a lot of questions, and tell him to mind his own business, get his own water, and walk away. Before I knew my Lord I would not tell anyone of my divorces, and sins out of shame and guilt. It was not because I offended God, I did not know him, how could I offend him. It was because the sins I committed gave me despair in myself. When you sin against the Spirit of God it is another story all together you not only hurt yourself but you hurt Him! I have never been one to deny my divorces, or sins, when asked, but I am not one to tell everyone about them especially a perfect stranger. Now through the cross and the gift of the Holy Spirit there is no guilt and shame at all about my past, and future sins. There is pure forgiveness, peace and grace that keeps me from continuing in it has he molds me and shapes me everyday. I do tell of my past sins, guilt and shame to show his power of love and forgiveness that changed me from a a sinner lost and confused to his reborn child but they have no power over me any longer!! Instead of getting offensive she recognizes him as a prophet and receives what he has for her with out any questions, and this again I think shows his authority, and his presence being something she saw, and others clearly do not see because of their lack of unbelief and putting themselves before him.
Jesus lead me to a woman that helped me face my truths in who I was, and she also had this authority, boldness, and confidence he had because he was speaking through her by his Spirit. She had no fear of how I would respond, and all she cared about was telling me about him, and his saving grace for my benefit. She at the time was a stranger at a woman's retreat I had just met, and clearly I felt within myself Jesus saying, "If you knew the gift of God you could face all truth, be healed, and never need anything but him again." Much like this woman must of felt when Jesus made her face her truths by his authority, boldness and confidence through His Spirit. He was not hateful, or harsh, he spoke the truth out of love for her, and she responded to him as a humble child, wanting to be taught and saved by him. Much like I responded to the woman he sent me to meet. Not one person had truly sat down with me to tell me about him, the cross, and who he truly was.
He went on and told this woman it is not about worshiping on this mountain or that mountain. This building or that building. He said, "You Samaritans worship what you do not know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come where the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth.
This again could have offended her, here this man is telling her the way she worships gives her no true knowledge, and through a race she is suppose to despise salvation is offered first from God. Instead she says what a lot of people say when they don't want to get mad or face his truth when it is right in front of them, "I know the Messiah called Christ is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us." This to him sounded like she would wait on him and he will explain everything to her when he gets here.
For most people my response to them is the same as Jesus was to her. He already shares with us so much through his word that tells us so much about him, of course we will not know all, but he died so we could know him, and just as he said to her I say to many today. "He speaks to you today just has he spoke to her then through his Spirit, you do not have to wait until you die to here his truth and wisdom of who he is, he talks to you now!" Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." He is saying to her, you don't have to wait any longer, I am here, I am he!!! We do not have to wait any longer either, he speaks to us now through his Spirit, and his words by his gift of sacrifice from the cross when we have faith in who he is. He is here to speak to us through his Spirit!!!
The story continues as the disciples returned with food for him. The woman ran off so fast, and excited that she left her jar to tell her whole town. She was no longer just thinking about drinking water, but she had the living water and it was welling up inside her to share with others. She knew what he meant, and left the drinking jar behind. Jesus stayed with them for a few days, and because of her testimony many believed, and because of his words many more became believers. After they had been with him they told the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world. We now have our own water that you first shared with us! This is the one drop of His presence that grows in us and pours out of us for others through that one on one relationship we share with him.
We know by this story God shares with us what they would have said if we were to go back and ask them how Jesus treated them. Jesus being someone who was suppose to stay away from them showed no fear or malice toward them. He told the truth that was revealed to him about this woman through God, and faced telling her without fear of hurting her feelings about her life, and how they worshiped. He told them all about the new worshipers God was seeking in the future, and they clearly accepted a Jew in their town that changed their world.
They would have said, “He was someone we were supposed to despise but his presence had an authority, and a light that opened our mind and heart of darkness. We felt his gracious pure truth and grace welling up in us, and pouring out of us for others. He treated us as one of his own telling us all truth about the worshipers our Father is seeking. Not from mountain to mountain or building to building but through His Spirit. He told each of us the truth about our sins, and he forgave us as we all faced them. By his acceptance of grace we freely repented, and received faith in Him. Through him we know we could be saved, and begin a new life that changes our world.”
Matthew 7:28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, (The Sermon on the Mountain) the crowds were amazed at his teachings, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
This bring us to the next group the teachers of the law which were the Pharisee's and Sadducee's. Why would Jesus, a mere carpenter's son seam to have more authority then them? They were teachers, scholars and highly respected political people that were wealthy and had power. Jesus was God and spoke through God's wisdom with confidence, boldness and without fear of offending anyone, it did not matter to him who everyone was in the world. He only sees the heart and he was God and was greater than any power on earth and in Heaven. His Heavenly Father gave him the power and confidence to say and act according to his will. What would the Pharisee's say about him if we were to ask them how he treated them?
They would answer, "He is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." They would claim he is the prince of demons that is how he drives out demons. Which Jesus tells them that would make no sense if he is the driving out demons from being the prince of demons. Why would he if he was the prince of demons drive out his demons that he wants to rule in his kingdom? IF that were true his kingdom would fall by his own hand. "If Satan drives out Satan he is divided against himself." How then could this Kingdom stand? He tells them if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. They would tell us he needed to be killed and crucified because he was a false prophet taking away their power in the world they worked very hard to achieve.
Jesus said to them, Matthew 12:34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. He was never afraid to tell anyone no matter how powerful they thought they were His truth.
Most of us know it was because of the Pharisee's, the religious leaders, and the political leaders he was crucified, and today there is not much difference. Many "religious" leaders are putting him down as they did then, this would be the false prophets, and many political leaders and non believers are putting him down as they did then, this would be the Anti-Christ. When you ask them how he treated them you are going to get the wrong view of him, as they saw and gave the wrong view of him then they are going to today.
With all of these relationships and stories revealed to us about our Lord how he treated people with all truth in who they were without any fear, because he knew what was in man, he created man. He also knew no man could ever hurt him without his Father allowing it. He also knew all they needed because he had been one, and he was without sin. All these relationships he had with people should challenge us to be worshipers through His Spirit the Father is seeking in truth, with no fear of the circumstances because God will give us all we need as he did his Son through his Spirit for the same reason he was sent we are sent.
All these people could have changed after the cross. All was revealed about him and his power on earth through the cross and many of these people that opposed him may have changed their minds but we know through out the rest of the New Testament many are persecuted for his name, and truth as they were then, and are today in many ways. In our families, with our friends, in churches, and in the world we live in. As it was then it is now. As many persecuted His name then and now, there is still the chance today as it was then, anyone can begin at the cross, and be reborn into a new life by His Spirit of truth.
John 20:21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you!" As the Father has sent me. I am sending you. 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit."
His peace and love always.