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 4:23,24
Jesus spoke these words to the woman he met at Jacob's well. She had come to the well, to draw water for her household and while drawing, Jesus asked her for a drink.
She was taken aback, you see, the woman was a Samaritan woman, and the Jews normally had no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus told her that if she knew whom she was speaking to, she would ask him for living water. She didn't quite understand, but thought he was talking of physical water. She would like water that would leave her never wanting for more, so she wouldn't have to continue to go to the deep well daily for more water. She told him that she knew that when the Messiah came, he would be able to tell them all things. Jesus told her that she was with the one she spoke of. He then went on to ask her, and reveal to her that he knew of her adulterous situation. The man she was living with was not her husband, and yet she had been married 5 times besides. She was so surprised she thought Jesus must be a prophet. Having an audience with a prophet, she wanted to settle a little argument that she had with the Jews. Her people, the Samaritans, believed that in order to worship God, one must go onto a high mountain to worship, but the Jews insisted that all sacrifices be made in Jerusalem. She wanted Jesus to settle this. Who was right? He told her that the Jews had been right to sacrifice in Jerusalem, but that season was almost over.
You see, Jesus had come to fulfill the Old Covenant, and to put it to death and nail it to the cross. The New Covenant, would not center around physical acts of worship and going to certain places to offer atonement. So then he spoke to her the words of our verse.
SPIRIT and in TRUTH
Our worship today is spiritual, no longer physical.
The physical burning of incense is replaced with spiritual prayers
the physical offering of sacrifice is replace with the spiritual acceptance of Jesus sacrifice through baptism
The physical offering of musical instruments, is replaced with the spiritual making melody with the hearts
The physical kingdom of Israel, is replaced with the spiritual kingdom of the church.
and most importantly
the physical promised land is replaced with the non corruptible promised heavenly reward!