JUST FOR ONE Andy Hollifield 9-19-17
John 4:4&7 And he must needs go through Samaria. (7) There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
John 5:5&6 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. (6) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
John 8:3&4 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, (4) They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Sometimes when I write, my subject may seem a little strange to me and to be honest, it doesn’t always seem encouraging. I often think, “this ain’t all that good”. There are even times that I am almost embarrassed that I have not done any better than what I did and have even thought about trashing it and writing something else. I have learned though, that if God lays it on my heart, it is because someone needs it. I am encouraged when someone comments or messages me and tells me that my post was what they needed and it helped them. That doesn’t make me proud, it just makes me feel honored and humbled. Honored that God would use me to deliver a little bit of encouragement from him to someone who is in a low place in their life for whatever the reason. I have had a couple of those days here lately when I thought “there won’t be anybody that reads this” but if God says write it, I try to be obedient. It was on those days that I would get a response from someone that it was what they needed. I hate that there are people who are hurting but it happens to all of us at times. I am just thankful for the opportunity and ability that God has given me to try to help other people by way of encouragement. Those days got me to thinking about something; although Jesus fed multitudes and lots of people tried to follow him, he wasn’t always concerned with the masses. There were a lot of times, and some of them are the best known stories in the bible, that Jesus came to wherever he was just for the benefit of one. And if that is how the Lord wants to use my post, to help just one, then that is fine by me and I am grateful. You see, I have been the “one” that he came to help or sent help to, many times in my life. So, I thought it would be good to write about some of those times that Jesus didn’t come to “move the masses” but just to move “one”.
If you looked at the three scriptures I used at the beginning they all had one thing in common; they were all situations where he came for “one”. There may have been crowds around but he came for the need of that one person. One of my favorite stories is “the woman at the well”. The fourth verse in particular is the one I like. It says “He must needs go through Samaria”. If you read the story there was only one woman who came to the well while he was there and she came alone. It was the sixth hour, which would have put the time around noon. That was a time when the other women would have already come and got their water and she wouldn’t have to endure the scorn and ridicule and the whispering. She never counted on meeting a man at the well, much less the man she met. Since she was the only one that came to the well at that hour, I am inclined to believe that she alone was the reason that Jesus needed to go through Samaria that day. It was only after they had a one on one conversation together, that she went and got the men of the town. The result of that one on one meeting was that a lot of the people in the city believed on Jesus. Imagine if you will how downtrodden she may have been. Here she had been married 5 times and was apparently shacking up with a man who wasn’t her husband. She had obviously made a lot of mistakes and bad decisions in her life. She probably wondered how it all had happened because it wasn’t what she dreamed of as a little girl. Let me say this, you haven’t ever got so far down that God won’t forgive and you could never do anything to make him not love you. From that day forward after that one on one encounter with Jesus, her life was no longer the same. There will come a day for you that you will have to face him one on one and decide whether to accept his offer of living water or reject it. If you reject him, you will be destined for hell but you will go there knowing that Jesus loves you.
In John 5 we see the man who had been lame for 38 years. I have written on him recently and the thing that stood out to me in this story was not that Jesus healed him but rather that he went there for him. Jesus had probably passed by a multitude of needy folks as he walked through the porches that day. Yet, we don’t read where he stopped and talked to any of them. He came straight to this man. He could have healed everyone and cleared out the porches but we don’t find where he did. All we read of him healing there by the pool was just this one man. Apparently he came there that day for that one man. Thank God for the night when he came where I was for just one little eight year old boy with nothing to offer him and asked if I would be made whole! I haven’t always been what I should have been since that night, but he has always been far more than what I could have ever imagined that he would be. Little did I know that I had just got in on the little end of something big!
Looking now at John chapter 8, we find the story of the adulterous woman. She was caught in the very act so there was no question as to her guilt. There was also no question as to what the law said her judgment would be. I have always wondered where the man was that she was caught with. Why did they just bring her? There was a great crowd gathered around them there in the temple waiting with anticipation to see how Jesus would answer the scribes and Pharisees. The story goes that Jesus did not say one word but rather stooped down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they insisted that he answer, he told them to go ahead and carry out the law. He also told them “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then he stooped down and wrote on the ground again. All of her accusers “Being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last.” The bible doesn’t say what he wrote but we like to think along the lines of “Justice called but mercy answered”. That’s as good of an answer as I can come up with. My point though is this: that one woman was the one that had the greatest immediate need and I believe Christ was in the temple just waiting for them to bring her to him. The story in the temple ended with Jesus telling her that he didn’t condemn her and to go and sin no more. The story of her life though would never end. I am sure that after that one encounter when Jesus was in the temple for just her, her life was never the same again.
Well, I have went long again but it is hard not to when the Lord puts it in your soul as a burning fire. I have made the statement many times that if I had of been the only one that needed salvation, Jesus would have still came and went through everything he did just for me. I believe that because he told in the story of the lost sheep that the good shepherd would leave the 99 sheep and go search for the one lost sheep until he found it. Don’t ever think that you are not a big enough deal or not important enough that God wouldn’t do the same for you. He would bankrupt heaven if it were necessary, to meet your needs. He is the good shepherd and you are the lost or injured sheep. He’s coming to your rescue. Why? Because he is “Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!