The Christ, the Savior of the world…

In John 4:1-42, we are given the account of Jesus conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. It is a spiritual conversation. Jesus offers her Living Water. This woman was drawing water in the heat of the day, this is because she had a reputation in town… and because of that… she isn’t accepted at the well in the cool of the day. And Jesus meets her in the heat of the day… and offers her something she could relate to- Living Water. Jesus was speaking spiritually concerning salvation and eternal life… but she was slow to understand this… and then Jesus lovingly, but directly addresses her sin… we are told in John 4:16-18… He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” 

After dealing with the sin issue, in Vs. 25-26 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

And trusting and believing this… she runs into city proclaiming that they need to hear this Jesus… and we are told… in Vs. 39-41 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. Many more believed because of His word… 

Here is the point of this post. When we are born-again, accepting that Jesus is the Messiah, and being forgiven our sin, we are then called to share our testimony. The Lord wants us to share with the world the change in our lives that the Savior has made. Sharing our testimony is not optional. Then after sharing our testimony, we need to bring that person to the place of getting into His word- the Scriptures, where the Holy Spirit can and will convict and lead to repentance.

But, how many Christians even know where to start biblically to do that? Here is a road that can be used. It is called the Romans Road. You can begin by:

  1. Show the human problem. That we are all sinners, and that is death. We find that in Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23.
  2. Show them Humanities hope in Christ. We find that in Romans 5:8.
  3.  Then we need to show them the sinner’s response to that truth. That is found in Romans 10:9-10, 13
  4.  Then we show them the result of salvation. That is eternal freedom, found in Romans5:1-2 and Romans 8:1

There is Living Water available to everyone on this planet, there needs to be no spiritual thirst in this world. But, like the Samaritan woman at the well… that needs to be shared with them and God has chosen to use you and I to do that. So, share your testimony and lead people to the words of Jesus.

A New Heaven and a New Earth…

In studying the Book of Revelation, it is always wonderful to get near the end of the book… because as we enter chapters 21 and chapters 22… we see that one day sin will be eliminated and the Saints in Christ Jesus will have eternal peace and joy with our Savior… and we see that pictured for us in Revelation 21:1 which reads:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. A new heaven and a new earth… and as you read on, a new Jerusalem… all things made new.

However, prior to getting to those chapters, one needs to progress through the chapters before them to get a true appreciation of how terrible it is going to get and what we have been redeemed from.

For example, it is going to get so bad in the “latter days” in heaven and on earth that we read in Revelation 12:7… And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war… probably at about the middle of the tribulation time… around the time of the “Abomination of Desolations” spoken of by Daniel the prophet and Jesus our Lord… there is going to be an actual war in heaven! Incredible!

But, Satan and his minions are no match for Michael and his angels… and then we read one of my favorite verses in the bible… Revelation 12:9… And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  Satan will once and for all be cast eternally out from heaven. That is very encouraging to me.

I do not know why God allows Satan access into heaven today… but from Job 1 and we know that he does have access… not unlimited access, but access nonetheless… and he gives reports and accusations to God about us. But, his days are numbered and he is quickly running out of time… and I am so grateful that we have our advocate, the Lord Jesus in our corner to counter Satan’s accusations.

As I stated, I do not know why precisely, God allows that old dragon access into heaven… but this I absolutely do know: wherever that old serpent goes, he makes a mess… he is a mess maker, that’s what he does.

So, I began wondering one day about Revelation 21… I understand why God needs to create a new earth and a new Jerusalem… Satan has made a truly awful mess of things down here… but why does God create a new heaven? And I think the answer is found in Revelation 21:7 which reads, concerning the new Jerusalem, but I believe can and should be applied to the new earth and heaven as well… God says, through John the Revelator:

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

You see, when all that redeemable on earth have been born-again into eternity with God through the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross… and God is going to restore things to their Garden of Eden state for eternity… He has to do that with heaven as well… because Satan has been allowed access to heaven… sin entered into heaven and made a mess of things… and that has to be cleaned up just as the earth and Jerusalem needs to be made new. Nothing unclean or abominable will be allowed there.

And that is wonderful news… because at that time… the Lord tells us in Revelation21:4:

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.

And that is truly something to rejoice about. One day, this worlds sorrow and pain will be eternally replaced! Keep looking up Saints!!