“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain: and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, woman believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the father.
Yet worship ye know not what we know what we worship: For salvation is of the Jews. 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.” John 4:20-24.
These statements coming from the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ to this Samaritan woman are probably some of the most powerful statements made by our Lord in the Bible. These statements were meant to set the tone for the new Testament Church. They were meant to be foundation upon which the church of Christ ought to build. In these verses the focus and the vision of the New Testament church is clearly defined. Jesus saith to the woman of Samaritan: 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 worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: For the father seeketh such to worship him.
Our Lord Jesus made it abundantly clear that all types and shadows have been fulfilled in him. We no longer need a “holy place” such as the Jews had. We don’t need an altar of incense or a laver. We don’t need the shadows, for we have the substance in Jesus. Jesus made it clear that from this time on, Jerusalem was no more holy a place than Samaria. This is because Jesus had come. In His coming, Jesus has forever brought to an end the idea of Holy places. God’s people ought to know that they have been released from all bondages concerning a place where they can worship. We have been freed from all legalism. God’s people are free to worship Him when they are alone or together with others. We are free to worship anytime, day or night, in any place we choose.
PROF. FRED ADEGOKE