24: Harvest in Sychar
The people of Sychar were surprised. The woman who had spoken with Jesus at the well was completely changed. They had never seen her so happy.There was a rich harvest of many thankful souls.
They followed her down the path to the well, back to the place where Jesus was waiting.
Meanwhile, the disciples had surrounded Jesus and laid the bread they had bought before Him.
They had been amazed when they saw Him speaking with a despised Samaritan woman. They did not dare ask what He had said to her. Why wasn't their Master eating? Why did He sit so quietly, obviously happy, staring straight ahead?
"Master, eat some of this food," they urged.
Jesus shook His head. His thoughts were not on eating and drinking. He was thinking only about the work which the Father had given Him to do.
He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you know nothing."
The disciples looked at each other in surprise. "Did someone else bring Him food?" they whispered.
Jesus said, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work."
By then He could see the people of Sychar approaching. He had sowed the seed of His Word in the heart of one woman. Now the seed had already sprouted and borne fruit. It was to bear much fruit here in Sychar.
"Look!" he said. "The fields are white with the harvest."
Then the disciples saw the Samaritans coming. They watched in amazement as the Samaritans crowded around their Master and listened to every word He spoke. The miracle that no one would have thought possible had happened. There was no anger and no contempt in those eyes fixed on Jesus. An age-old enmity had suddenly vanished. The hatred had been overcome by Jesus' love.
The people even asked Jesus and His disciples to remain with them. He stayed in their city for two days.
By the time He continued His journey to Galilee, there were many who knew what the living water was. They would never thirst again.
They said to the woman who had met Jesus at the well, "First we believed because of what you told us. Now we have heard Him ourselves; we know that He is truly the Savior of the world."
The Savior traveled farther through the land, sowing the seed of His holy Word. Wherever He went, He carried on the work to which His Father had called Him.