Thursday, April 29, 2010

Go Tell It on the Mountain…

Most of you probably began to sing the famous Christmas song that begins with these words. This song is famous during Christmas, not only because of its lyrics but for its message during a season filled with joy and praise. Christmas was months ago……why bring up a Christmas song?

In the Gospel of Saint John (John 4.5-42) we read the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, known in the Orthodox Church as Saint Photini. Her joy after encountering Jesus Christ could not be contained. She dropped everything and ran to town and proclaimed, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4.29) Because of her joy and public witness of Christ, many from her town believed in Him.

But not all believed solely based upon the public confession of Saint Photini so the people went to encounter Jesus Christ themselves. “So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word.” (John 4.40)

By our witness people will believe in Jesus Christ and by our witness others will come to the Church to encounter Jesus Christ themselves and believe in Him. Either way….if we don’t share our witness with others they may never know that Christ is Risen from the dead so that we may live forever with Him. So Go…..tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere. It doesn’t matter where we tell it, just tell it!

Christ is Risen!

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