Summary of passage: Many Samaritans were converted due to the woman’s testimony at first and then because of Jesus himself.
7) Part personal Question. My answer: 1) Because of the woman’s testimony. 2) They came with an open heart and mind and listened. 3) Because of Jesus’ words many more became believers. Family and friends.
8 ) Part personal Question. My answer: John the Baptist testified to what he saw. He told Andrew and John the Apostle to come and see and hear for themselves. They did. They believed. Just like the Samaritans. Come with an open heart and mind and God can do anything.
9a) Very similar. Philip went to Samaria, proclaimed Christ, performed miraculous signs which got the people’s attention, believed and were baptized. Same thing in this passage.
b) Personal Question. My answer: As the days pass and trials and joys come and go, I think our faith grows as well. My family’s has grown significantly.
Conclusions: Amazing how belief is entered into! It’s a very simple process and has been since Abraham. Someone testifies or encounters Jesus, they come with open hearts and minds, they listen and see miracles, and then they believe and commit their lives to Christ. We must remember this as we’re inviting others to church and to events that have Jesus as the center. It’s easy on our part. God does the rest.
End Notes: It’s important to note that Jesus loved the Samaritan woman despite everything she did. He chose her to reveal the secret to eternal life! Can you imagine?
It’s remarkable at this time in history that Jesus stayed two days with the Samaritans. Samaria remember was a place to avoid by Jews at all cost and to enter and exit as quickly as possible. That the people wanted a Jew to stay and that Jesus agreed broke all social bounds! This shows just what an impression Jesus made on people. Oh, to have been there!
Listening to Jesus deepened their faith. We can do the same thing through reading the Word, praying, and listening for God to speak to us.
Note John records Jesus as the Savior of the world. Jews, Samaritans, Gentiles, everyone!