Lesson for the Lord’sDay

Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He. John 4:26

Did you ever notice how anxious children are to grow up? As adults, we can’t understand their desire to dash through their years. But to a child, the rush to grow up is so intense that they invent fraction birthdays: ‘Now I’m six and a half!’ Why do they want to grow up? Because of the things they believe they can do and have when they are adults. Teenagers can’t wait to turn 16 so they can get a driver’s license. There’s a big push on to get out of school, into a job, and so on. Young adults look forward to marriage, buying a home, raising children, going on dream vacations, even though there’s no money yet to get started on those things. As we get older, we still look for those things we’d like to have and hope to obtain. Even the regrets over failures don’t stop us from hoping for the big events, the big money, the big opportunity. It’s called hope. Few of us realize all our hopes. But there is one area in which everything comes together in the Lord Jesus.

The woman at the well at Sychar spoke of the coming Messiah. All her hopes and expectations for the future lay in that great event. All questions would be answered when He came. Suddenly, He was there! And just as suddenly He was there when He saved us. But even more profound is the wonderful truth that suddenly, He is here now in all the unveiling of his fulfillment of everything that we need today and hope for tomorrow.

Jesus is the fulfillment of all that God had promised during the history of mankind, including the very first promise in the Bible, of the Seed of the woman Who would bruise the serpent’s head. All of the types and illustrations found in the offers, the tabernacle and its furnishings, the words of all the prophets, and the hopes and aspirations of Israel and all true seekers after God have their fulfillment in the Lord Jesus. This the woman of Samaria grasped as she stared at the Stranger at the well. And this you and I have grasped as we came to Him in faith for His salvation. Today, He is still the fulfillment of all those things, and He is everything that God promises and offers us.

Delve into the Scriptures today to find Him to fulfill the dreams of yesterday, to meet the needs of today, and to satisfy the hopes for tomorrow. It pleases the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell. – Jim MacIntosh

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