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Tears Of Joy hour is coming, and is already here, when authentic worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth
John 4:5-42 or 4:4-15, 19-26, 39, 40-42

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Sermon Week Third Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 4:23


In order to understand what this verse is about, we have to go back to the time of Christ and realize that one of the most serious problems any sincere, conscientious person faced was the intolerable burden of his religion. There were six hundred and sixty-six laws which all good Hebrews knew and tried to obey to keep right with God. It affected what they ate, what they wore, what they believed, what they did, and how they worshipped. There were a thousand "Thou shalt nots" which grew out of these basic commandments and the writings of the rabbis. Their religion had become a religion of "oughtness!" "You ought to do this; you ought to do that; thou shalt do this; thou shalt not do that." It had become a constricting, confining, heavy burden. It brings to mind the story of the little boy who answered a salesman's ring at the front door. As he opened the door, the caller asked him, "What is your name, little boy?" "My name is Eddie Don't," the boy replied. Little Eddie had been told "Don't!" so many times he thought it was part of his name. This is what it was like to be a sincere worshipper in the time of Jesus: Eddie don't do this! Eddie don't do that! Then Jesus Christ came and issued an invitation to come out from under that load.

"Come to Me all you who labor under heavy burdens and I will give you rest," Jesus said. Come out from under the heavy burden of guilt over not being able to dot every "I" and cross every "T" every time. That is what His conversation with the Samaritan woman in today's Gospel Lesson is all about. Jesus tells her, "An hour is coming, and is already here, when authentic worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth" (Jn.4:23). Jesus invited her and He invites us to come out from under religion of law and to enter into a whole new life: a religion of the spirit; a free, life-giving, spontaneous relationship with God. That's what authentic [...]

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