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)

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." So the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him something to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 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. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor." Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. 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."

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