31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

43 After the two days he departed for Galilee. 44 (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) 45 So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast.

I love it when Jesus goes in to these teaching moments with the disciples. They always revolve around these moments when he has done something incredibly earth shattering and they can’t believe their eyes or make sense of things. These are great moments because Jesus uses these opportunities to teach both them and us.

The disciples are also constantly thinking about earthly concerns like food and water and where to sleep. Here they are in verse 31 urging Jesus to eat. But Jesus responds that food for the body pales in comparison to his mission. If he’s about the Father’s mission then food is not his main concern. What is this mission? It’s the harvest! It’s a harvest that many are involved in – some are reapers and others are sowers, but if you are a disciple of Christ then you are employed in the harvest.

This is very important. Christ does not call us into his kingdom to hang out and enjoy all his benefits, but he calls us in and then sends us out. You see this over and over and over in the story of the Bible – a true encounter with God results in him sending that person out – Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jesus! And this is the gospel – Jesus was sent out of the Kingdom that we might be brought it. But we are brought in that we might be sent back out because the harvest is near.

I also love how John concludes this story of the woman. Many believed because of her testimony. She wasn’t this great evangelist who was very articulate and elegant in speech. She was ordinary – screwed up and broken – but many believed because of her simple testimony and they came to see the one she spoke about it. Then they believed because they had gotten a taste of the king.

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