Go and Get Your Husband

John 4:16-26

“Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “But I’m not married,” the woman replied. “All too true!” Jesus said. “For you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. But say, tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”

Jesus replied, “The time is coming, ma’am, when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship—is our worship spiritual and real? Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. The Father wants this kind of worship from us. But you Samaritans know so little about him, worshiping blindly, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes to the world through the Jews.”

The woman said, “Well, at least I know that the Messiah will come—the one they call Christ—and when he does, he will explain everything to us.”

Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”

The woman brought up a popular theological issue—the correct place to worship. But her question was a diversion to keep Jesus away from her deepest need. Jesus directed the conversation to a much more important point: The location of worship is not nearly as important as the attitude of the worshipers.

The Holy Spirit’s Help

“God is Spirit” means he is not a physical being limited to one place. He is present everywhere and he can be worshiped anywhere, at any time. It is not where we worship that counts, but how we worship. Is your worship genuine and true? Do you have the Holy Spirit’s help? How does the Holy Spirit help us worship? The Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26), teaches us the words of Christ (John 14:26), and tells us we are loved (Romans 5:5). Focus your worship on who God is and what he has done for you. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s help.

Published by Intentional Faith

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One thought on “Go and Get Your Husband

  1. It is true that God cannot be limited by space and time. And it is not where we worship that matters, but how we worship. Well said.
    A conversation with Jesus will always address our deepest needs. The woman at the well presents a good example.


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