IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH
“The (Samaritan) woman said to him, ‘Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming, he who is called Christ; when he comes, he will show us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he.’” (Jn 4: 19-26)
We “know” what we worship, says our Lord, while you “do not know.” And yet, the Father still seeks “true worshipers,” because those who worship Him must worship not only in truth, but also in Spirit. The “knowledge” of truth is vital, but not enough. Because “God is Spirit.”
Today let me carry this word with me, along with our Lord’s promise to all of us: “Believe Me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.” He makes this emphatic promise to a woman not “orthodox”; to a woman not “right” in so many ways. “The hour is coming, and now is,” He says to me this morning, because “I who speak to you am He.” Let me let Him in today, in His Spirit and His Truth, because the Father “seeks” me to do so. Glory be to Him, and to the Spirit and to the Truth, Who speaks to us so plainly, even when we are yet not “right” in so many ways.