Many of us are familiar with the passage recorded in John 4 where Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well. Not many, however, would associate this passage with the revelation of worshipping God in Spirit and in truth. At this well encounter, Jesus not only displayed compassion to the Samaritan woman, He broke down social norms and partnered with the Holy Spirit to provide her with a word of knowledge that would cut through a lifetime of lies to reveal the truth.
In cutting through those lies, Jesus also revealed to her that He was the one that the world had been waiting for, the Messiah. In the most unlikely place, with the most unlikely candidate Jesus revealed Himself as King. Not only did Jesus reveal something of the nature of God, but He revealed to that Samaritan woman, and now all of us, just how we need to relate to Him. God, unlike a physical person, is not bound by time and space. He is spirit and does not need to be worshipped in a particular location – a synagogue, church or specific mountain. Neither is relationship with Him determined by being a Jew or Gentile, religious or non-religious. Relationship with God, Creator of the Universe and Christ, the Saviour of the world, has nothing to do with anything of this world, or anything external. It is built upon our faith in Jesus as the Messiah and upon the spiritual rebirth that He makes possible through His death and resurrection. Born again in Him, worship becomes our spiritual expression of that relationship, and deepens as the unfolding understanding of the Word of God, which is the truth, becomes real in our hearts and minds. Kudzai Zvenyika