Jn.4:23,24 – But a time is coming, and even now has arrived, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
I love the ministry of Jesus. Leave it to Him to transform the most humiliated and miserable person in town to be the very tool he used to change a region. This passage was directed toward the woman at the well in Samaria who had gone through five husbands and was living with number six. Her redemption story turned Samaria on its ear. The Lord has been doing things like this for a long time. The beginning of the Great Awakening that birthed our nation started in a small town, Northampton, on the edge of the American frontier. A woman who was described as the “greatest company keeper in town” got radically saved and became the catalyst that began revival in that community which ultimately effected the thirteen colonies. Jesus turns the most pathetic into worshippers in Spirit and in truth.
First we become worshippers in Spirit. Our eyes are opened to Christ and the spiritual world. We are filled with the Spirit and we become worshippers. Worship is no longer a ritual or a routine, it is an awakened heart drinking in living water and pouring their love back to the Lord in worship. Next, the Lord said we would become worshippers in truth. I love this. the Greek word for truth is aleitheia. It means reality or worshipping the Lord out of revelation. The Louw and Nida word book define it like this.
“Aleitheia – is used to refer to the revelation of God that Jesus brings or, perhaps, to Jesus himself for what he actually is as the revelation of God.”
So what this means is that Jesus becomes real to us by the Spirit, out of that reality we worship Him in truth. To say it another way our worship becomes real or authentic. This is what our hearts are longing for and when we come into the atmosphere of worship “in Spirit and in truth” we taste the authenticity of this worship.
The woman at the well in Samaria was no longer ashamed of her life. She had met her Savior and discovered what it means to worship God. All that mattered to her now was to help others find their way to the Lord.