John 4:43-45 – Lesson #46

Jesus had finished His ministry in Samaria – a ministry which was certainly successful. The woman at the well and many in the nearby town did not just believe in a good teacher, or prophet, or worker of wonders, they listened intently to Jesus and proclaimed He was “the Christ, the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

His ministry in Samaria was no slight detour from His path. This time of ministry WAS the path! Recall that when Jesus departed Judea, “He needed to go through Samaria” (John 4:4). The true need is now clear. In these few days, Jesus taught that God truly loved the whole world. His sacrifice would not just be for a select group, but for the world. And now it was time for His journey to continue.

John 4:43-45
“Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.”

Jesus continued the journey to Galilee which began several days earlier. The statement about a prophet having no honor in his own country is saying Jesus expected a difficult time of ministry in Galilee. These words are also recorded in the other gospels and each time they reference those who would not believe because they thought Jesus was just a man who lived among them: “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary?” (Matthew 13:54-55).

But in spite of the difficulty He knew lie ahead, and in spite of the wonderful reception He was presently receiving in Samaria, He also knew His own country needed to hear His message. The ministry of Jesus was focused on accomplishing the will of God. He would not be deterred because of possible difficulty nor influenced by the actual praise from men. Each step would be directed by God for the purpose of glorifying Him and proclaiming His Name.

The Galileans “received” Jesus, but they did not honor Him. They wanted to be near Him, not because of who He was but because of what they had seen Him do. The Pharisees looked down on the Galileans, and they had witnessed Jesus triumph over the Pharisees while in Jerusalem. Jesus was their hero, their champion, their hometown boy made good, but He was not their Savior.

We are all aware of the fear of failure. This must be given to God and overcome. There should never be anywhere we cannot follow. But we would also be wise to cultivate a healthy fear of success. We must never allow apparent success to keep us from moving out when our Father calls; for this is always a failure in the eyes of God. Let’s continue to live a focused life where our only desire is to glorify God in ALL we do. And let’s believe He came to save the world – came to save us – and truly receive Him with honor.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries