When God celebrates

John 4 tells the story of Jesus' conversation with the woman at the well. After he astounds her with his knowledge of her past sins; after his disciples are scandalized by the scene, Jesus begins to say some amazing things. 

See the scene in your mind.  Jesus and the disciples are still at the well just outside the city while the woman runs into the city to tell everyone she knows about Jesus. John 4:30 records the response of the people: "They went out of the town and were coming to him."

The disciples ask Jesus to eat something and I can see his response. He smiles and says, "I have food you don't know about." As Jesus watches the people come out to him, he feasts on the scene of the wonderful harvest about to be gathered. "My food is to do God's will and accomplish his work." 

Then he says it. As the crowd continues to come out to him, ready to meet the one who will save them, he says, "Lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest."  He describes those who reap from the harvest, "Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life." But watch this! Jesus says, "So that the sower and reaper may rejoice together." Amazing.

For full impact, below are tweetable reflections of this story.

  • The most promiscuous can become the greatest evangelist #John4 #lovethelost #whoscandalizesyou
  • Her sins were bad and many, but his fountain is pure and cleansing. #John4 #badnewsgoodnews #gospelmustalwayshavegoodnews
  • A crowd coming to see Jesus is a crowd worth gathering #John4 #Heknowswhoarehis #hisfood
  • Who will worship because you spoke? Labor for what lasts. #John4 #eternalfruit
  • The one who gathers gets to celebrate with the own who sows. #John4 #evangelismmakesGodcheer #justtellthem!