Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then coves the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. – John 4:35
This is one of the pinnacles of Chapter 4 in the book of John. He just got done talking with the Samaritan woman. That conversation was awesome to see how Jesus would bring anyone to the kingdom and not just the “Chosen” people of Israel.
Jesus came to turn this world up-side-down, and He did. Here we see him fly in the face of all kinds of social norms. First, He is speaking to a woman alone and not just a woman but a Samaritan woman. These cultures were at odds with one another. The Jews viewed themselves as above these people and so He would not dare be caught talking to her. Yet Jesus throws out what men think and uses the opportunity to glorify the Gospel.
He also pulls no punches with this woman, telling her where she falls short, talking about her 5 husbands. You see Jesus wasn’t looking at what she was, a Samaritan, He was looking to who she was, a sinner in need of saving. Do we see past what a person does or is to see the creation inside that God loves?
When Jesus states the fields are ready for harvest, He was telling his disciples that the Gospel can go anywhere and to anyone who will listen. This message is not just for the Jew but also for the Gentile. Today, I must look past what I see to who the person truly is. I must recognize that all are worthy of the love of God and of His saving grace.
God Bless and Peace be with You,