An open invitation Rev. Steve Sirmons
by Emanuel County Live | April 13, 2005 12:00 am
The Bible records for us in the fourth chapter of John’s Gospel the story of a woman who was so changed after she meet Jesus she went back and invited everyone in her hometown to come and meet Him.
The story happened in this way. Jesus and His disciples were traveling through Samaria. It was about noontime when they came near the town of Sy-char. Jesus was tired from the long journey so He stopped to rest beside Jacob’s well. While He was there, a Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink, which surprised the woman because Jews did not associate with Samaritans. She replied to Jesus’ request in this way, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift of God and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” The woman responds, “You don’t have a rope, or a bucket, and this well is deep. Where would you get this living water? Do you think you are greater than our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well?” Jesus replies, “Everyone who drinks the water of this well will thirst again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will not thirst again.” “Give me this living water,” she says, “so I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Jesus tells the woman to go get her husband and come back. The woman tells him she has no husband. Jesus tells her He knows she has no husband. He tells her she has had five husbands and is now living with a man she has not married. The woman tells Jesus, “Sir, I can see you are a prophet.” She then asks Jesus a theological question about the proper place of worship. Jesus tells the woman it does not matter where a person worships, but whom a person worships. He tells her that those who truly worship God worship Him in spirit and truth, and those who worship in this way are the ones God seeks. The woman then replies to Jesus that she knows the Messiah, the Christ, will come one day and explain everything. Jesus then tells her, “I am the Messiah!” The woman leaves her water jars, runs to town and tells everyone, “Come, and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Christ?”
This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible, for the simple reason I know the truth of it. You see the same man who changed this woman’s life also changed my life. In fact, this man has changed the lives of numerous people. Changing lives is His business. It is the very reason He lived, died, and was resurrected. Jesus wants to change your life.
There may be sins in your life that have caused you to be ashamed. These sins may still be active in your life and because of them; you are trying desperately to avoid people because you feel they will ridicule you. Well friend let me tell you, there is one who does know all about your sins, past, present and even those you will commit in the future. He can tell you all about them, nevertheless, He has promised to forgive those sins if you will simply ask Him.
However, you do not have to take my word for it. You can come and meet this man beginning Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Tiger field. He will be there for He has promised where two or three gather in His name there He will be in the midst. No, He will not be the one speaking on stage from the podium. He will be the one whispering in your heart. He will be the one saying I love you, I know you have done wrong, turn to me for I do not hold these things against you. Call on me I will forgive you! Yes friend I invite you to come. Come, and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! I do promise you that He is Jesus the Christ! In His name, I invite you to come, Amen.—Rev. Steve Sirmons is pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church.