Read: John 3-4
Consider: John 3:16 must be one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. It encapsulates the essence of the gospel in just 26 words. The verse reveals to us that God sent his Son into the world for a specific purpose. This is to provide a means of forgiveness and that through believing in Jesus a person can inherit eternal life.
Looking at John 3-4 it is clear that the chapters contain details of two major interactions Jesus had with people. Firstly, his conversation with Nicodemus. Secondly, his interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well and the community from the village where she lived.
Both incidents contain major spiritual truths. In the case of Nicodemus it is what Jesus says in John 3:3 –
Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
Nicodemus couldn’t understand this at the time, but it is likely that he came to understand the life-changing nature of the gospel (see John 19:38-42).
In his conversation with the Samaritan woman Jesus broke many of the social conventions of the time and, as a result, introduced the gospel to those generally considered to be beyond God’s redemption. Remember that in Jesus’ day the religious leaders would not have believed that John 3:16 is true. They would have restricted God’s salvation to the Jews. Jesus demonstrated clearly that the good news of the gospel is for the whole world.
The villagers initially went to hear Jesus because of the woman’s testimony, but after hearing him for themselves they were able to say:
‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.’ (John 4:42).
Pray: Father, thank you that you allowed your Son to come into the world to provide the means for our redemption. We praise you that the good news of the gospel is freely available to everyone, irrespective of nationality or ethnic origin. Amen