Finishing the work…

John 4:27-38

 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”

The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,  “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”

 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”

 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”

 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” 

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”  Later, on the cross he said, “It is finished.”  He was promised, he came, he told of the way to God for us all, he paid for our sins by giving his life, he rose again to conquer death for us and he sent the Holy Spirit to help us all on our life’s walk here.  God’s gift to mankind went beyond creation to redemption and on to keep us in a relationship with him to eternal life with him, not apart from him. 

And now we share, sow, and continue to reap the harvest.  Of all the ones who could have spread God’s Word to this town, it was a woman of ill-repute who went into town to bring others to Christ.  The amazing part of that is they listened to her and responded.  Another example of one despised bringing salvation to others – God’s ways are not our ways, for sure!!

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