3rd Sunday in Lent

S. Lent 3.20 “True Worshipers” John 4:5-26

True worshipers. That’s what the Father through Jesus is seeking to worship Him. So what does a true worshiper look like?

Well, in true Seinfeld “Opposite Land” style, he or she would be the opposite of the Samaritan woman we meet this morning with Jesus at Jacob’s well. [Maybe the whole purpose of her life was to serve as a warning for others?]. It’s high noon, on a hot day in Samaria. Jesus is not Superman. He’s weary (and thirsty!) from His journey—because He allows Himself to experience in His Body our weakness and woes in order to heal them all. He says to the Samaritan woman with that divine authority that brought everyone up short: “Give Me a drink.” No “please, if you may,” with Jesus. God commands and we ought simply to obey.

But the woman… argues with Jesus. This is not the Way! She marks Him as an Israelite prophet, and after a brief exchange, senses this might be the Christ, in Person. But instead of eagerly serving Him, she never does wet His whistle. Jesus never gets His drink. This is important, as we’ll see in a bit.

She uses religion as an excuse not to give Jesus a cup of cold water on a hot day. “Jews don’t mix with Samaritans, right?” She says sarcastically—suggesting Jesus isn’t practicing His religion properly by even speaking with her much less asking her a favor (sarcasm is such a terrible thing. I’m glad it so rarely issues from this pulpit!). Jesus gives as good as He gets (which is my excuse for sometimes practicing the art

About Pastor Martin

Pastor Kevin Martin has served six Lutheran congregations, beginning in 1986 as a field-worker in Trumbull, Connecticut, and vicarages in Arlington, Massachusetts and Belleville, Illinois. He has been pastor of congregations in Pembroke, Ontario and Akron, Ohio. Since 2000, he has served as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Raleigh. Pastor Martin is a lifelong (confessional!) Lutheran (even though) he holds degrees from Valparaiso, Yale, and Concordia Seminary St. Louis. He and his wife Bonnie have been (happily) married since 1988, and have two (awesome!) adult children, Bethany and Christopher. Bonnie is an elementary school teacher. The Martin family enjoy music festivals, travel, golf, and swimming. They are also avid readers and movie-goers.

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