What is true worship? Starting in verse 23, Jesus begins to explain positively what is true worship. In this sermon, we cover 1) the contrast (“But”) of this worship from the Jewish temple form of worship, 2) the current aspect of this worship (“now is”), and 3) the actuality of this worship (“true worshippers” really do “worship”).
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”