The Light of Jesus
"And he must needs go through Samaria." (John 4:4)
The Jews would not go through Samaria. 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 through Samaria.' Why? God wanted to put a light in Sychar. It was not easy.
Jesus 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 here 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 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 prayed.
"He must needs go through Samaria." Jesus put light into this woman's heart and it lighted the town.