”Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”  John 4:29

Dear Lord Jesus, I wish I could’ve been present to watch this stunned Samaritan woman recount the tale of her collision with the gospel—her story of meeting you and coming alive to the transforming power of grace (John 4:1-42). She came for water from Jacob’s well, but you gave her water from the deep well of your heart—”living water” that, alone, slakes the death-doling thirst of our hearts.

You exposed the sinfulness of her sequential affairs; yet instead of ridiculing her, you redeemed her; instead of condemning her, you cherished her; instead of give her a list of things to do, you presented yourself as a Savior to trust. Indeed, instead of shaming her forever, you saved her to the uttermost.

En route to the nations, you brought the gospel of the kingdom to the dark continent of her heart. As she stood so vulnerable in the public square of her community, she’d never been so free. No more need to pose or pretend, “bob or weave,” hem and haw, blame others or demonize herself. “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” These are words only a heart liberated by grace can proclaim.

Nothing but the gospel can free us for being thoroughly known without fear. Jesus, your love is unlike anything else we can experience in this life. In fact, your love is better than life itself. We adore and praise you this day as the Christ—the Messiah, our Lenten Lord, the heart-knower, our holy lover, our righteousness from God, our only hope of glory!

Jesus, you know every vain, foolish, and evil thought we’ve ever conceived; every lustful, greedy fantasy in which we’ve engaged. Only you hear every grace-robbing, grandstanding, gossipy word we speak. Only you know the broken cisterns of our choices—our idols, the many things to which we turn to find life when you’re “not enough”. Yet you pursue us, welcome us, and love us, and you are changing us.

What a wonderful, merciful Savior you are, Lord Jesus. Life, temporal and eternal, can only be found in you. So very Amen we joyfully pray, in your transcendent and transforming name.