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From Hearing to Faith

John 4:39-42
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged himto stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to 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 Saviour of the world." (NIV)

The woman at the well was convinced about Jesus, because He revealed all her past secrets. The possibility that He could be God's Messiah became a rumour which spread quickly through the town. She had believed in Jesus, and now others wanted to find out if it was all true. They invited Him to stay with them, and He accepted their invitation (although religious Jews would not normally want to eat in the homes of Samaritans).

Although there is no record of any miracles, many believed in Jesus because of what He said. His words had a clear 'ring of truth' and He answered their questions with obvious integrity. When two days had passed, they also believed that Jesus was the Saviour of the world. They had moved from hearing a convincing testimony to being personally convinced as they met the Lord. Personal testimony is very important in drawing people's attention to Jesus. Although everybody's testimony is different the message is always the same. 'Jesus knows everything about me, He is willing to forgive me, He wants me to belong to Him and so I want to invite Him to be my Saviour'.

The woman had already made that journey, talking with Jesus by the well. The others were alerted by her testimony, but needed to hear the authentic truth of His words for themselves. When they did, many believed. It is still the same today. We should not be afraid of testifying that Jesus is our Saviour: but that is just the beginning for our friends and colleagues. They also need to hear Him for themselves; which is why we need to let God speak to them through the Bible. As they do, those who believe will open their hearts and homes to the Saviour of the world.

Loving Lord. Thank You for those people who attracted me to Jesus. I am sorry when I have been shy, embarrassed or even ashamed to tell others what Jesus has done in my life. Please forgive me for dishonouring You and depriving my friends of the opportunity to come to You. Help me to be ready to give an account of what Jesus has done for me. Please provide those opportunities where people want to listen, and then help me to lead them through the Scriptures so that they might meet Jesus, the Saviour of the world. In His Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams