Jesus at His Best
A number of years ago, our men went to a Men's Conference over in Birmingham. The speaker for the weekend was a man named ''Steve Farrar.'' Steve is from Texas, a nationally recognized speaker and author who has an incredible ministry to men. As he was walking us through the letter of 2 Corinthians, he shared with us his life statement. That statement was ''Don't screw up.'' We laughed, but as a matter of fact, this is very simple, to the part, and it gives clear direction.
This story we call 'The woman at the well' is very interesting to me. One reason is that it offers hope and help to those who have messed up (which is really all of us, although some like to put on the air of never really messing up). We are a bunch of broken humans. (Look at your neighbor -)
The Bible tells us this truth in dozens of different ways; ''There is none who is righteous'', ''All have sinned'', ''From within the heart of man comes'' followed by a laundry list of things (I.E. slander, theft, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, false witness, and evil thoughts), ''No one is good'', and the list goes on. For those who have trusted in Christ (and who may have forgotten from where God saved you), the scripture reminds us that ''In all these things, you once walked.'' In fact, you WERE dead in trespasses and sin until our Lord, raised you up. This is the incredible work of Jesus. Jesus does His best work on broken people. It is His work that we clearly see in our story.
No work can ever be greater than the work Jesus did at the cross. In the cross, He died for sin, He rose for our justification, He ascended to make intercession, and He'll return to take us home. His work of redemption is found in the cross. This is why we must see our sin, we must figuratively knee at the cross to repent of our sin (allowing His blood to cleanse you), and we must allow Him to transform our lives into what HE wants us to be. It happens at the cross.
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