River Rock Baptist Church
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
All To The Glory of God

John Lesson #12

John Lesson #12

 

John 4:3-14

 
 

You've heard of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help a man in need. In our text, Jesus confronts a bad Samaritan, a sinful woman, and God's grace worked in her life wonderfully.

 

These two are so different, and yet so similar. For they were both encouraged to put their faith and trust in the same Savior. Rich people get saved the same way poor people get saved. Men get saved the same way women get saved. And 'good' people get saved the same way 'bad' people do. 

 

If a rich man dies without Christ and a poor man dies without Christ, they both go to the same hell. There are no class systems in hell. These two stories are quite different, and yet they are the same.

 
 
1.     A momentous confrontation.
        a.     A willing servant.

vv. 3-4    'must needs' = 'had to'. There was a divine plan He was following. He was on His Father's timetable. He said, "My will is to do the will of Him that sent me." We should want to say, "My will is to do the will of Him that saved me."

        And just as Jesus reached this woman for heaven because He was a willing servant, there is someone God wants for you to reach if you will live each day following His divine plan. He has made some appointments for each of us if we would consult His calendar and follow His leading.

 
 
        b.     A weary Savior.

v. 6         Jacob's well still exists in the holy land, and is one of the few Biblical sites about which there is no dispute of its authenticity. 

 

Jesus arrives at the well hot, tired, dusty, and thirsty. He is God, but in human form, and He is weary. "Sometimes we grow weary IN the work of God, but we must never grow weary OF the work of God."

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

He is God, so He could just teleport all those many miles, but I'm glad Jesus was willing to become weary in order to win souls. Are you willing to work at it, even 'til worn out? We all want souls to be saved...but what if it meant we had to be inconvenienced? We feel noble for clicking 'Like' on a spiritual online post, but that's kind of akin to holding up a John 3:16 sign between the goal posts. God's way requires work...God rewards work, and there's no easy way around it.

 

"Lord, I want to be used, even if it costs me a lot."

 
willing servant, weary Savior...
 
 
        c.     A wayward sinner.

v. 7a        Her face shows traces of her fading beauty. More obvious is her disillusionment, disappointment, pain, and emptiness. She is the town outcast. In a culture which rarely saw divorce, she had been divorced five times, and now is living with a man. What a momentous confrontation this is, because what she needs is to meet Jesus Christ! Only Jesus can forgive her sins, erase her guilt, and give her a brand new life worth living, and at the very moment she comes to draw water, there sits Jesus.

 
Jesus sought her out.

We call the day of salvation 'When I found Jesus.' Technically, theologically, we don't find Him...He finds us!

 

 

1.     A momentous confrontation...

 
 
2.     A marvelous conversation.

v. 7         Jesus started the conversation. She's not gonna talk to a stranger, who is a man, and a Jew. She probably approached quietly and made no eye contact. Jesus takes the initiative, and like a skilled surgeon with a spiritual scalpel He lays bare her heart. He takes a bitter, hateful, prejudiced, disillusioned woman and in a matter of minutes she is spilling her guts.

        This woman had two things which are dangerous when mixed: A quick wit and a sharp tongue. She was a bundle of shame and prejudice and it boils over.

 
 
        a.     A liberating word.

v. 7b        Here's the man who just days earlier turned water into wine, and he's asking this woman for a drink. He created all the water there is, and He's asking her for some of it. She gives a hateful, snappy answer.

v. 9         Samaritans were despised by the Jews, and they knew it. They were a mixed a race...part Gentile, as a result of the Assyrian captivity. So, the Samaritans established their own temple on Mt. Gerizim. The Jews' hatred for the Samaritans was so intense that the Pharisees used to pray that no Samaritan would be raised in the resurrection!

 

What a momentous confrontation. "I MUST NEEDS go thru Samaria." That's not the normal route a Jew would take. Jesus is on foot, heading due north, which is the shortest route. But usually a Jew would go far out of his way to avoid Samaria. East across the Jordan, up thru Perea, then back over to Galilee. 

 

        Prejudice is an ugly thing...and is not becoming of a child of God!  If you think you are superior or they are inferior because of skin color, you need to read the Bible and get right with God! There is one race...the human race, God is no respecter of persons, nor should we be! We cannot educate people out of prejudice, only Jesus can break down those barriers! Only Jesus can change hearts like yours and mine, and allow us to see in love the people for whom Christ died!

 

Jesus speaking to this woman was a liberating word. And that word is for someone listening right now, still bound by chains of prejudice. 

 
 
        b.     An invigorating word.
v. 10        Jesus shifts gears here. He transitions the conversation to a spiritual level. But she doesn't get it yet.

v. 11-14   Know why this world is so miserable? Because they keep drawing from the well of the world and not getting what really satisfies. They are trying to get more out of the well of the world than it has to offer. There's no peace, joy, fulfillment, or contentment in the well of the world. We live in America, the most prosperous well on the planet, and inside it looks wet, but it is empty!

Jeremiah 2:13
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Our society today is educated beyond good sense, and thinks they have life all figured out, but it doesn't hold water!

 

Man needs air, food, and water to live. And Jesus is the breath of life, the bread of life, and the water of life...He's all we need!

 

v. 10        'the gift of God' = salvation is free! You cannot pay for the water of life. "The gift of God is eternal life thru Jesus Christ our Lord!"

"...that not of yourself, it is the gift of God."

"Jesus paid it all!"

 

"Like the woman at the well, I was seeking..." [Hymn 398]