“‘I know that Messiah is coming. When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.'” (John 4:25-26)
You were discussing God to someone casually, in theory, having a nice little conversation. Then all of a sudden you realize the Person you are talking with is the Lord Himself.
Nothing prepares you for such a moment.
1st instance in Scripture. John 4 where Jesus informs the “woman at the well” of His true identity. Give her credit, because she hastened back into her village and told everyone. “Is not this the Christ?” The Lord and HIs disciples ended up conducting a two day crusade (of a sort) there, with many more people believing on Jesus.
I imagine she never talked to a stranger in the same way again.
You never know. Hebrews 13:2 tells us not to forget to entertain strangers since some who did ended up giving hospitality to angels. That may be a reference to Genesis 18-19. But who’s to say it couldn’t happen to us, today, right here?
2nd instance in Scripture. Matthew 26 where our Lord is on trial before the Sanhedrin, the high priest, Pilate, Herod, and Pilate again.
The high priest was irritable at having been called out of bed so early. He lost his patience with this Man who stood before him refusing to answer even the first question.
The religious leader bellowed at Jesus standing there in silence. “Do you answer nothing? Aren’t you going to respond to what these men are saying against you?”
And once again, Jesus kept silent.