From the need for spirit to worship the Spirit, the woman at the well turns to the promise of a Messiah that will help us all. It is always easier if one descends from heaven to help than if we are asked to lift our minds and hearts up to heaven to receive help. Therefore, many we waiting for a special one to descend from heaven, even this Samaritan:
25 The woman saith unto him, “I know that Messiah comes (he that is called Christ): when that One comes, he will declare all things to us.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I that speak to you am he.”
This ordinary woman, not of the chosen people, draws more out of Jesus than many others who asked questions of him. In her discussion with Jesus we learn of the water of life, of the nature of God, the way to worship God, and that the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel is Jesus of Nazareth. In a rare self-testimonial, Jesus acknowledges to the woman that he is indeed the prophesied Christ. “Christ” is a transliteration of the Greek word “christos,” which literally means “anointed one,” a stage in the preparation of the high priest to enter the Holy of Holies to meet God directly. The priest’s head was to be anointed with oil, usually olive oil: Exodus 29:7, “Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his head, and anoint him.” This process may also have been experienced by ordinary people, as written in the Psalms; one good example is Psalm 23:5, “Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup runneth over.” A better translation of this term might be “a consecrated one,” as in Exodus 29:29, “And the holy garments of Aaron shall be for his sons after him, to be anointed in them, and to be consecrated in them.” The anointing was to consecrate one for a special service. The corresponding word for christos in Hebrew is “mashiyach,” which we transliterate to messiah. This very specific term is only found in Daniel 9:25-26. Messiah means exactly what christos means, just two different languages. There are several scriptural references to the coming of a special one to help the people. The first and most important one is directly from the Lord; as His creation falls from grace in the Garden, He prophesies that the woman’s seed will become the redeemer of this situation and will subdue the influence of the serpent and the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:15). The Samaritan woman was obviously familiar with the prophecies and looking for the messiah to come in her lifetime. John’s use of Logos lends support to the Messiah-Christ nature of this one.
Many prophets had come and gone, and many roamed the Holy Land in the days of this Samaritan woman. But the truth had gotten lost in the troubles and confusions of the times.
2012 Understanding the Prophecy of
December 21, 2012: A Mayan Age Ends
By John Van Auken
At present, the year 2012 is only of interest to those of us who believe in the wisdom of ancient cultures. But soon, very soon, everyone is going to be looking for more information about this Mayan prophesied year of destiny, which many believe to be the end of the Mayan calendar and thus the end of time, as we have known it. Let’s look at this calendar and this specific date more closely.
Choro da Saudade, composed by the gifted Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios-Mangore, performed by Alexander-sergei Ramirez. My favorite interpretation of this sad piece. From ‘Confesión’ – an album of Barrios music.