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these beautiful words Jesus promises to satisfy this thirst of our souls by the teaching of the Holy Ghost. If we follow Him, He will open in our hearts a fountain of truth, holiness, and happiness. What can we wish for more than this!
Jesus now shewed this woman that He knew the secrets of her heart; she was very much afraid when she found that a stranger knew all her sins. Filled with
shame, she said, Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." Jesus then said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour cometh when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth : for the Father seeketh such to worship
Him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
What an important lesson is this for us! The soul of man is the true temple of God. We must worship God from the very bottom of our hearts, for He is present every where. We must be sincere in what we say in our prayers; for God hears all we say: our words must come from the heart, and we must try to live as we pray. All other worship is hypocrisy.
The woman told Jesus that she knew the Messiah was to come, and that He would teach all things.
Jesus replied, "I that speak unto thee am He." Just at this moment the disciples came with the food they had bought, and they wondered to see Jesus talking with this woman.
The poor woman was full of joy at what Jesus had told her. She put down
her water-pot, and ran as fast as she could to the town to tell her neighbours what she had heard. She was the first person who had the happiness of hearing from the lips of Jesus Himself that He was the Messiah. God always teaches the truth to those who seek it sincerely.
The disciples now offered some food to Jesus; but He said, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of. My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work."
Jesus gave up all to do the will of His heavenly Father. If we would be His disciples, we must follow His example and do so too.
When the people of the town heard what the woman said, they went out and begged the Saviour to come into the city and stop with them. Our Saviour was
always wishing to do men good; so He went and stayed with them two days. He spent this time in teaching them divine truth; and many of them believed Him to be the Saviour.
Happy are all those who believe, love, and obey Jesus, without having seen Him.
17. JESUS PREACHES FOR THE FIRST TIME AT NAZARETH.
THE Saviour went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. On the Sabbath-day He went into the synagogue and stood up to read. They gave Him the book of Isaiah the prophet. opened it and read these beautiful words: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath appointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He hath sent