May 24, 2017: Jesus Meets a Woman in her Dorm Room
John 4:9-14 (NIV)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Before her, there was Mark, Nathan, Peter, Julie, Susan, Barry, and John. Suddenly fear hit her and she wanted to run, but she was frozen. “Wow, we certainly did not expect to see you here tonight.” The others all chimed in, Mark offered.
Ruth entered the room, found a chair, and sat down.
“I think I know why you are here Mrs. Wilson. Could I take a guess and see if I am right?” Peter asked with a quiet confidence.
“I too am interested to see if you know my reason for being here, Peter. Go ahead and tell me why you think I am here.”
“We have been here with Becki for the past two hours. She has been mortified by what she has done. It all came to a head when that random student interrupted your visit at the coffee shop this morning.” Peter began.
Ruth looked at Becki and she could see she was visibly trembling. Becki caught Ruth’s glance but instantly looked away.
“Becki has been here for the past two hours asking us how you could ever forgive her for what she did to you and your husbands’ reputation. I told her that you would find a way to forgive her. I have been explaining to all of us how the forgiveness that Christ offered each of us allows us to forgive others who have hurt us. We have all sinned in many ways, and some sin we do not even know of. Our sin has separated us from God. Far too many people who have sinned against God reach the wrong conclusion about Him. They think he is coming to condemn them and send them off to prison or hell, so they try their best to hide from God and from others. Then one day comes and they can no longer keep up the façade and everything falls down and they are left completely open to God with all their sin and yes sometimes even to others.
“God knew that we needed forgiveness and grace in order to start over and rebuild our relationship with him that was lost at the fall. Mrs. Wilson, I am guessing the reason you are here is to let Becki know that she is forgiven. Is that the reason you have made your way here tonight?”
“Yes, Peter it is. That is not the only reason I am here. I wanted to meet with you this morning to share my story with you so you could see what God has done with my life. You see only what Christ has done with me since I trusted him; you did not see me before I knew Christ.”
“Before I begin my story let me say to you in front of these here in this room. Becky, I forgive you. I forgave you the minute I knew you were the one who was spreading all those rumors. I know the pain and the heartache you have felt over these past four years since your mother and brother were killed.”
“I want so share with you how I found Christ in the midst of my despair when I was just a little younger than you are today.”