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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 5, 2021

Daily Reading: John 3-4


John 4:42

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.


Jesus revealed His Messiahship unto a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria. Upon engaging her in conversation she said to Him: …I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. (4:25). To which He responded in John 4:26: …I that speak unto thee am he.


There is no clearer statement in all of Scripture proving the Lord Jesus’ Messiahship than this one statement.


This dear, sinful, woman believed this so much that she returned to the men of her city and said: …Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? (4:29) The men then came to Jesus, heard Him for themselves, and said to the woman that which is recorded in today’s verse. …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.


Here is the lesson. A preacher, a soul winner, a teacher, a friend, a parent, an evangelist, or a missionary can tell another about Jesus all day long, but until that person hears Jesus for themselves, proves Him to themselves, they will never believe. Oh, at first they may believe on a superficial level the story and truth of Christ, but once they truly hear it for themselves, then they will know that He is indeed Christ, the Savior.


How does one hear? They do the same thing the men of Samaria did, they come to Him and hear Him. Today this is accomplished through reading the Bible, hearing the Bible preached and taught, and through the influence of the Holy Spirit of God giving them faith to believe.


The long and short of it is this, until a person hears the voice of the Lord on their own, they will never believe. Many times, though they hear Him, they reject that which they heard. There are numerous reasons for this, but the love and desire for sin over righteousness is the root. This proves once again that which John wrote in 3:19 is true: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Jesus is the Light of the world, as you will read a few days hence.


Nonetheless, the men heard and believed. I pray the same is real for you. Not because of my saying, but rather because you have heard Him yourselves and know that He is Messiah, the Savior, Immanuel, the Christ, Lord, King, and God in the flesh. For there are many today who do not have that faith.


Until tomorrow, live for the Word today.

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