September 14, 2020

John 4:19, 20 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

This is spoken by a Samaritan woman Jesus encounters at a well and the mountain she speaks of is Mount Gerizim. Wikipedia tells us “The mountain is sacred to the Samaritans who regard it, rather than Jerusalem‘s Temple Mount, as having been the location chosen by God for a holy temple. The mountain continues to be the center of Samaritan religion to this day, and most of the worldwide population of Samaritans live in very close proximity to Gerizim” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Gerizim). Every religion has its holy sites and many individuals have sacred places where they find God to be more present in some way shape or form. Jesus makes the claim that worship that matters happens “in Spirit and Truth.” God’s primary residence, claims Christianity, is not in any particular building on any particular piece of land. Rather it is in the lives of God’s people. Where do you worship in Spirit and Truth?

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