John 4: 27-28
The disciples return from purchasing food in town, nonplussed to find Jesus talking to a local woman.
The woman goes to the town wanting to tell everyone about her talk with Jesus.
She wants to tell them the content of the talk and marvel that such a one as Jesus would talk with her.
The disciples come to Jesus wanting to guard him from talking to certain types of people.
They seem concerned that Jesus has no idea who he’s talking to, or the results that might flow from conversations with the wrong sort of people.
The woman has learned something the disciples have yet to understand.
She is overjoyed.
They are perplexed.
Such is the kingdom of heaven.
Christians Awake, Salute The Happy Morn is my favourite Christmas Day hymn, I think.
Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 52
Q & A 196
Q What does the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
A The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer (which is, For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.), teaches us to enforce our petitions with arguments, which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God; and with our prayers to join praises, ascribing to God alone eternal sovereignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellency; in regard whereof, as he is able and willing to help us, so we by faith are emboldened to plead with him that he would, and quietly to rely upon him, that he will fulfill our requests. And, to testify this our desire and assurance, we say, Amen.