Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.” (John 4:21-22 NASB)
I don’t know when I first realized what Jesus said here, but I specifically remember laughing out loud – Jesus told this woman He was chatting with – You don’t even know what you are worshiping. [chuckle]
Here He is, speaking to someone who is ready to argue religion – argue religion with Jesus – and He is like – really – that is where you want to go – you want to discuss religion – ok - try this. You don’t have any idea what you are worshiping.
Here is where I get in trouble. I would have tried to get all intellectual on her. “Well, you know – during the reign of King Uaresuchaphony, worship … blah blah blah.”
This kind of dodge (talking about religion) is just the kind of thing that draws me away from the Spirit, and into my flesh and my mind. The battle here was not for the mind of this woman.
It was not her brain that was broken and leaking, it was her soul. What her soul needed was a bit of worship surgery. [Tweet This]
So Jesus takes a scalpel to her worship paradigm and begins with amputation.
Here is a sad fact.
We have made evangelism about getting others to change where or when they do their religious activity.
We Protestants are happy if we get a Catholic to leave his liturgy, or a Jew worship on Sunday, or a Muslim to come out of her burqa.
It is not about where, or when you worship. It is not about hands up, hands down, on your face, or standing on your chairs.
Jesus amputates her religion altogether, and take her to what really matters – the WHO of worship. [Tweet This]
Tomorrow we will look at this WHO of worship.
For the record – once you have the WHO down, there are some HOWs that are important, but that is for another day.
See you tomorrow