GODâ€™S CHARACTER - Week of February 7th
By Judy NicholsFebruary 7, 2016
Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus is the exact representation of God’s nature. Everything Jesus said and did, then, should show us something about God’s character.
The story of the woman at the well in John 4 is a good example. It shows that God is no respecter of persons. Jews, and especially Jewish rabbis, had no dealings with Samaritans (v.9). A Jew would have considered drinking from a Samaritan’s water pot something that would make him unclean.
Jesus’ offering to give the woman living water (v. 10) shows us that God is generous. Moreover, this living water would forever quench her thirst and spring up to eternal life (v.14). This is clearly another whole dimension. It shows us that God imparts life. Jesus reiterated this at the Passover feast when He said, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water’" (John 7:37-38).
His interaction with her about her husband – or lack thereof (v. 16-18) – tells us that God is omniscient. He knows everything about us; He knows everything about everyone, everywhere throughout all time.
That Jesus invited the woman into fellowship with God (v.23) in spite of her obvious sinful lifestyle speaks of God’s great mercy. In Christ, sin will no longer be the barrier between mankind and God. Even though His death and resurrection have not yet been accomplished, Jesus still demonstrates God’s infinite mercy toward sinners.
Another thing this story illustrates is the fact that an encounter with God changes the person. The woman went immediately to tell others about what Jesus had said to her and brought them to Him (v. 29-30).
What about your story? How have your encounters with Christ demonstrated to you the character of God? It probably won’t be all from one episode, like the Samaritan woman’s was, but over the course of months and years. How have you been changed by them?
I can remember times from my life when God made it clear to me that He knew right where I was, even when I thought I was in the wrong place. And He let me know that He knew what I needed before I even thought to ask.
Even now, all that Jesus -- through the Holy Spirit -- does for and in and through us is a demonstration of the character and glory of God. This is why our testimony is so important. When others see that God can do things no one else can do in a life, they are drawn to Him. And coming to Him, they hear and believe that He is indeed the Savior of the world (v.42).
© Judy Nichols 2016