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Who is God – Day 16
When Jesus identified Himself as the Messiah, the woman at the well immediately ran off to tell her whole village. Messiah means one who liberates from sin, and that woman at the well began that day to understand that Jesus was The One who could liberate her from her past.
Today, in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Three names of God feature in this very short verse, Saviour, Messiah and Lord! It sounds as though the angel was trying to get his message across and avoiding any questions. But is there a difference between these names, or do they mean more or less the same thing?
Saviour is probably the most used of the three names, and is a translation of the Greek word “sōtēr” which just means “saviour”!
As the word suggests it is the name of someone who saves or rescues us from danger whether physical, financial, or any other need we may have.
The angel described the Saviour as Messiah meaning a liberator and redeemer from sin. We have a short description of what the people expected of their Messiah in John 4:25 where we read that the Samaritan woman at the well told Jesus: I know that Messiah is coming, and He will explain everything to us. It seems as though this woman and we can presume many others like her were hoping for an explanation of what was happening in the world around them, not so much a rescue like the Jewish people were waiting for.
What great confidence the woman at the well had. When Jesus identified Himself as that Messiah, she immediately ran off to tell her whole village the good news.
The word Messiah means one who liberates from sin, and that woman at the well began that day to understand that Jesus was The One who could liberate her from her past.
Praise Jesus today that He is The One who liberates you from everything that is bad.
Read John 4 and think today of Jesus as your personal Saviour, and your personal Messiah. Give Him thanks for what He has saved you from.
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