He Knows

In the story found in John 4: 4 – 30, Jesus has an encounter with a woman who some would consider a sinner beyond redemption.

She came to a well at noon time which was not the usual time for women to come to gather water for the day.  Because of her reputation, she was rejected by the other women and was not welcome to be in their company.

I believe by Divine appointment, Jesus was present one day to bring salvation to this lost sinner.  After a conversation with this woman, Jesus asked her to come back with her husband.  She responded with the truth: she had no husband.  Jesus told her, well said.  He said that because she spoke the truth.

Jesus then said to her, that she has had five husbands and the man she was with wasn’t her husband.  She said that she perceived that he was prophet.

The key issue here is very important.  If you think maybe you could hide what is going on in your life from God, you are wrong.  God knows us better than we know ourselves.  If God knows every time a sparrow falls, He surely knows what is going on in our lives.

Many times people will be afraid to receive Jesus into their hearts because they are afraid He will reject them because of some hidden sin that is going on in their lives or something they did in their past.  God already knows.

This woman was so impressed that Jesus did not reject her or condemn her that she rushed into her town and declared, “come see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”

In the previous verse it says that she went her way into the city and said to the men.  I wonder if some of those men were her previous husbands and the man she was currently sleeping with.  BUSTED!!

You cannot hide anything from God.  He knows.  The good news is that He came to forgive us of our sins.  He came to restore is into a close relationship with Him.

Jesus could have rebuked this woman for her sin, but instead He forgave her.  I am sure her life was changed from that point on.

As humans we don’t always know all the facts why people are doing what they do.  Unless we are filled with the Holy Spirit and have the ability by the Spirit to discern the true motive and facts in a person’s life, we should not judge them.

If Jesus could forgive someone like a woman caught in the very act of adultery, a malefactor on the cross next to Jesus who had no means of turning his life around and this woman who was married and divorced five times and was now living with a man to whom she wasn’t married, do you think Jesus could forgive you?

We cannot hide anything from God.  He knows who you are and what you are doing and what you did.  God knows.  Just repent.  Turn from your sin.  God is waiting with open arms to forgive you and bring you into an intimate relationship with Him.

For His mercy, His forgiveness and His grace endure forever.  Amen.

- Pastor Jim

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