What Jesus Did! 'Reversal of Influence' — John 4:28-30

Friday, March 16, 2018

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, "Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?" So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
— John 4:28-30 NLT

Key Thought

How does a spurned woman who came to Jacob's well in isolation and shame lead a whole village of people to come and discover their Messiah? The answer is simple: Jesus has the power to change people. That change is noticeable. That change is influential. So you are left with three questions from the reactions of the women and the people from the village. First, have you been changed by Jesus? Second, who have you influenced to come and meet Jesus? Third, who have you not told about Jesus because you weren't sure they would change?

Today's Prayer

Father of mercies, God of infinite love, Almighty Yahweh of transformation, please help me lead others to Jesus so their lives can be changed by his grace. Jesus, thank you for changing me and thank you for interceding for me at the Father's right hand when I don't know how to pray. All praise and glory to the Father who sits on the throne and to the Lord Jesus, my redeemer and transformer. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
  • Mark 5:1-17
  • Acts 9:17-21


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Illustration of John 4:28-30 NLT — "Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.