In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the true gift of God, the Lord offers humankind life, forgiveness, and blessing for all who believe in him for salvation. As Jesus promises, he offers to all who hear that living water which becomes, within each one who believes, a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Those Samaritans who heard Jesus came to personal conviction about him because of what they heard and saw, and not because of the Samaritan woman’s testimony. They heard and testified, “We have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Jesus, we who believe understand who you truly are; you are the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Help us share this Good News with those in our life circles where we live, work, and play. Amen.
On the hymn, Amazing Grace: “At the level of imagery, the poem is built around a great contrast that puts two worlds on a collision course. One is a world of sin and fallenness—not just spiritually in a sinner’s personal life, but in the whole earthly order. The vocabulary continually keeps this world of decay and misery alive in our awareness, with words like wretch, lost, blind, dangers, toils, snares, fail, cease, dissolve like snow, and refuse to shine. Set over against this lower world of unideal experience is an upper world of ideal experience, portrayed with words like grace, found, good, hope, shield and portion, joy and peace, shining as the sun. The poem thus roots us in the fallen earthly order but promises us the best that can be imagined. It is a song of hope, comfort, and confidence, with misery functioning as a foil to heighten the vision of bliss.”
~ Leland Ryken, 40 Favorite Hymns on the Christian Life: A Closer Look at Their Spiritual and Poetic Meaning. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2019. pp. 22-23.
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