On 8th March 2013, Friday, 7:30 PM, I attended the Malayalam Fellowship at the Emmanuel Assemblies of God Church. The service was led by Pastor Tinu George from El-Shaddai Ministries, Kottarakara.
After my work, I took the MRT to Bedok, and then boarded bus# 16 to the Emmanuel Assemblies of God, Upper East Coast Road. There were about 150 people on the second day. The service started at 7:30 pm with prayers followed by beautiful praise and worship by Anil Adoor and Sham Siva from the El-Shaddai Ministries, Kottarakara.
Pastor Tinu George then shared the message by quoting John 4:3-29
4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for water, she was surprised because Jews have no dealings with Samaritans and likewise Samaritans have no dealings with Jews. She started rambling about her tradition and her customs. She had married many times but was never happy with her marriage. When Jesus revealed her personal life and failed relationships, she acknowledged He was a Prophet.
God sees your personal life. Daniel 2:28 says
But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Only Jesus can give the Living Water regardless of your culture or denomination. Jesus is the one waiting for you even before you come to Jesus.
In John 4:24, Jesus taught the Samaritan woman, secret of Worship. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
3 keys to receive the revelation of Jesus Christ:
- You should know who you are. You should know your identity. You should know, you’re the the gift of God. This life, this day, the air you breathe, the children you have, your health, everything that you have, are God’s gift.
- You must know who is Jesus.
Matthew 16:13-1613 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.For some, Jesus is the healer, for some Jesus is the miracle worker, for some, He’s the debt remover. But we need Jesus because we can approach God only through Jesus. God is Holy and Perfect. But we are born in sin. To approach God, we must be Holy. It’s only the blood of Jesus that can wash away our sins. Jesus said, I am the way the truth and life, nobody can come to Father except through Me. The only medicine for our sin is the sacrifice of Jesus. We must receive this revelation of Jesus. The Samaritan woman perceived Jesus as the Jew first, then as a Prophet, then as a Teacher and finally as the Messiah. As you come closer to Jesus, you get the greater revelation.
- You must know your greatest need.
After the sermon, he led the people in to worship and invited people who wanted to accept Jesus as their Savior to come forward. The anointing was awesome during that time. The service ended at 10:15 PM. Praise God for an awesome time 🙂