Vs. 23, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” This section of Scripture is often preached and rightly so. Jesus crosses paths with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in Sychar. Now remember, a Samaritan was mix of Jew & Gentile…(I think it’s safe to say the ramifications of that is obvious). Yet, Jesus would show us that there is no favoritism with God. Though the woman did not initially know who Jesus was, He would reveal Himself to her. And this woman, would bring many others to Christ that day (Vs. 39)! We also read of Jesus’ second miraculous event in the healing of the Official’s son, showing us that salvation is by faith!
Regarding application…Miracles. Vs. 48, “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” Jesus did not have to do one miracle to prove He was the Son of God, but He did it because of our lack of faith. And don’t ever forget, the enemy (satan) can also do miraculous signs as well. If our salvation is based off of miracles or the supernatural, than we are walking on shaky ground. An unbelieving people demand signs and wonders…that is why we must be very careful about such things. We are saved by faith not by signs or wonders. It is faith in Jesus (the Word) that brings us salvation and all the credentials we need to know that He is the Lord!