Full Explanation

“The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will explain everything to us'” (John 4:25, HCSB).
The Samaritan woman was more right than she could have imagined.
First, without realizing it, she was standing before the Messiah as he explained it all to her.
She may have been exasperated at his explanation, since her question about the right place to worship may have been a strategic change of subject to get away from the painful topic of her immoral life.
Or she may have sincerely been interested in getting to the bottom of the issue, but may not have liked the answer he gave.
However that may be, she was counting on the coming Messiah for a full explanation of all things divine.
Her reaction to Jesus’ words serves as a warning. When we would prefer to put off belief until a future moment, Jesus reminds us, “I who speak to you am he” (John 4:26, ESV). He’s the Messiah, telling us like it is.
Second, the woman was more right than she imagined because Jesus came and revealed the fullness of God. He opened to man all God’s will and transferred him from the power of darkness into the kingdom of light.
In Christ we “may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19), “[f]or in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:19; cf. 2:9).
Through the Holy Spirit, the apostles were taught all things (John 14:26). We are the fortunate benefactors of the content of what they received in Holy Scripture.
Like the Samaritan woman, we look to Messiah who provides the full explanation.
Yes, Jesus explains it all. About God, about man, about this life, about eternity.
What he doesn’t explain isn’t worth knowing.
When was the last time you listened to his explanation?


As the Christ, Jesus explains everything.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet. His microblog is randal.us.

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