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;
and they were saying to the woman,
“It is no longer because of what you said that we believe,
for we have heard for ourselves and know that
this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
– John 4:39-42 NASB
In this passage from John’s Gospel, we read that a woman from Samaria has been sharing with the townsfolk about her experience with Jesus. They were impressed enough by her testimony to check Jesus out for themselves. As a result, they came to believe in Him as strongly as she did – so much so that they wanted her to know that she was no longer a middleman for their faith. They had heard Jesus for themselves and made up their own minds about Him: that “this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
The last couple of days we’ve been focusing on the topic of salvation – both from Acts 4:11-12 (“no other name…by which we must be saved“) and 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (“obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”). Today’s verse – with its reference to “the Savior of the world” – continues that focus. It’s a focus worth continuing because salvation is the necessary antidote to the corruption of our souls that living in this world so easily brings.
Jesus Christ is indeed “the Savior of the world.” That is, He personally is the one who does the saving – the restoring, the redeeming, the making whole again. And He does it for the whole world – not just those who call themselves Christians. Just as no human being is exempt from the lordship of Christ, so also no human being is exempt from His saving influence.
Though Jesus is Savior of the whole world, salvation for us is a very personal…and daily…experience. Each day, we confess our sins before Him and seek His forgiveness. We do our best to learn from our mistakes. This is genuine repentance. And it leads to salvation.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let me recount my shortcomings to you now that you can show me how to handle situations more as You would. And show me how I can avoid temptations…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.