- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 4
Jesus restored life.
John the Gospel writes four key words that characterize the gospel (good news) of Jesus; Logos (Word), Life, Love and Faith. The word Faith appears ninety eight times in the gospel of John.
There are two different kind of life according to the Gospel of John. One is life as bios, biological life, born by parent. The other is life as zoe, born again life from the faith in Jesus Christ. It is the life from God as gift. Chapter 4 writes that Jesus restored life of Samaritan woman and royal official’s son.
A Samaritan woman lived alienated and victimized life, deeply rooted cultural, political, religious, and her personal situation. In a word, there was brokenness in Samaritan woman’s life, invisible person who had always unquenched feeling of life until she was encountered by Jesus.
The living water Jesus offered her is symbol of life( zoe), the life of God that restored her life. Jesus counseled Samaritan woman step by step to know who Jesus was. He taught her to renew her understanding of tradition and worship. And Jesus invited her to accept him as Messiah.
Jesus restored a Samaritan woman and her life. She was changed from alienated to socialized, claiming, “come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
John witnesses that anyone, his/her life, can be restored when they are encountered by Jesus.
Royal official’s son was sick. However, when Jesus proclaimed that he was alive. His word was living word that made the sick alive, restoring life.
John witness that Jesus healed the sick that people would believe in him. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told, “you will never believe.” (v.48). Jesus’ goal is that all who believe in him shall not perish (John 3:16)
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.