“God’s Light” Late Mr. N. Daniel
John 4:4 “He must needs go through Samaria.”
The Jews would not go through Samaria. The Samaritans had a different belief
and teaching mixed with heathen thoughts. Therefore the Jews had no dealings
with them. There was always rivalry between them about the worshipping place.
Was it Samaria or Jerusalem? Each claimed their
own city was the place of worship. The Samaritans are a mixed race. No respectable
Jew would go there. No prophet would go there. The light was never taken to that
part of the land. The Jews who had to go to Galilee from
Jerusalem used to cross the river Jordan, go 80 miles north and cross the river
again and go to Galilee. That was the usual route
for Christ. But the Bible says, ‘He must needs go
Why? God wanted to put a light in Sychar. It was not easy. You can’t create light in a
village. Unless electric-power connection is given to a village, you cannot see
the village well lighted. For that you need wires from the power house and it
will cost a great deal. There must be a power house or power produced from
falling water. From there, power must be taken and the village lighted.
than 120 years ago, there was no mission in Masulipatnam. No church and no Word
of God. There was a good collector, a British official who felt sad about the
condition of the people. There was an army stationed there and some of them
wanted a place of worship. The collector was praying. He was praying for light.
He wanted some missionaries to go there. In Guntur he had started a Sunday school and taught
children. The light of God began to shine there. Now he sent an appeal to England. At
that time there was a Bishop in Madras.
Nobody felt equal to sending a missionary to Masulipatnam. There was no money.
Money sometimes becomes a great hindrance. If you pray, something will happen. When
the appeal was read in England,
two young graduates – Fox, and Noble - felt they should go. The collector
collected money from Christians and himself contributed.
They built a house. Mr. Fox reached Masulipatnam. The mission was started. At that
time, the collector was transferred. But his interest to establish the kingdom of God never waned. Mr. Noble started a college.
For the first time the light came to that town.
‘He must needs go
There was no light in Sychar. They were proud that Jacob's well was there.
There was a woman there, living in sin. Jesus knew she would become a
missionary. She was living a totally sinful life. Isaiah 9:2 It
was the darkness of death. India
has death-dealing darkness. When I remember my childhood days, I remember the
wicked temples and the wicked language around there. Only where there was a
group of Christians there was light. Our church was full of light, because they
were a praying people. God preserved me and protected me. When I look at
churches now, such light is not there.
sat there tired. The disciples were hungry too and they went away to buy
something. Jesus is the light of this world. A man who prays has light in him.
Wherever he goes, he carries this light. He brings about a sense of sin in the
hearts of men. Who will acknowledge that he is a sinner unless you carry light
into his heart? Jesus brought that light there to Samaria. He asked for water. She replied, “I
am a Samaritan. You do not receive drink at our hands." "O woman, you
are blind. You don't know who is asking you for water. If you knew it, you would
have asked from him living water and if you drink it you would become a well of
living water,” said Jesus. There was no light in her; so she could not understand
the things of God. Many don't understand the Bible. One man came to Billy
Sunday and said, “I prayed very much but nothing happened.” Billy said, “There
must be sin in you.” That man first denied it, but later he said, “Twelve years
ago, in my company while I was balancing the budget, I pocketed the excess.
Here it is.” “This has caused you darkness,” said Billy. If you hide sin, there
is darkness. You do not understand the Bible without repentance and without confession
of sin. You can never understand the high purposes of God. The Bible becomes a new
book when you repent. Who produced it? No college professor did it but simple
men. They were instructed by the Holy Spirit. Some of us try to subdue the
voice of God in our heart. God sees in you a prophet. God sees in you a missionary.
He sees you can be a light to many towns and cities. But where are you? Billy
asked this man to return the money. He said, “I am getting a salary of 20,000.
They always trusted me. Now, how can I go and confess this and return the
money? I may lose my job." "You must take the consequences,” said
Billy. The man obeyed. The manager put his hand around him, knelt down and
must needs go through Samaria." Jesus put light into this
woman’s heart and it lighted the town.