The Harvest is Ready

A traveler knows he is approaching a town by the increasing number of road signs, billboards, houses, businesses and other indications of habitation. Similarly, the Great Tribulation contains multiplied signs that ultimately point to the coming great Tribulation and Christ’s retu … More

Harvest

After the woman had left the people urged Jesus to eat with them for they knew He must be hungry (v. 31). However, He told them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing  about” (v.32).  They thought he was talking about literal food and they wondered where he had gotten it (v.33).  Then He told  them, “My food .. . is to do the  will of Him  who sent  me” (v. 34).  This did not mean that He did not need physical food but rather that His great desire and passion was to do God’s will. When the disciples returned from obtaining food, they were shocked that Jesus was talking to a woman, and especially a Samaritan.

All of what was happening in Samaria had given Jesus a vision of a world to be harvested for God. Throughout this section of Scripture Jesus says, “Do you not say, there are still four months and then comes the harvest” (vv. 35-39)? Did you notice that Jesus had been in Jerusalem (2:23), then in Judea (3:22), Samaria (4:3,4) and now He is saying, “Now lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are already white unto harvest!” Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Our Jerusalem is our town or city, Judea is our state, and Samaria our country (vv. 40-42). Then our uttermost part of the world would include such places as Asia. Keep in mind that 61% of the world’s population is in Asia. However only 10% of our present missionary force is there. Do I need to lift up my eyes and see the uttermost part of the world? The big question is what am I going to do about that need?

Application

If I see ten men trying to move a log and nine of the men are on one end of the log and only one on the other end, which end should I go to in order to be the most help? Of course, the best way to move the log is to distribute the load. Since Asia is where the most people live and where the fewest missionaries are this is where I need to go.

John 4:31-42 (English Standard Version)


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