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You Have the Words of Life – Part 4

This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “You Have the Words of Life”.

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What I want to do is take some time to look at some of the amazing things that Jesus has said. What do you want? Stop making my Father’s house a market. You must be born again. This week we are going to look at a statement that Jesus makes in John Chapter 4.

Scripture Reading

John 4:4-26 (NIV)
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23 (NIV)
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

Last week we talked about Nicodemus meeting Jesus. This woman is a lot different that Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a religious and political leader of high stature who would have prided himself on his apparent high morals. The woman at the well, was a Samaritan, which was a group of people that had been outcast by the religious community. She was also an outcast in her own community. She came by herself to draw water from the well. In biblical lands drawing water and chatting at the well was considered the social highpoint of a woman’s day. Let’s dig into this encounter:

1. Amazing grace

The amazing grace of God is an incredible display of His love.

John 4:7-10 (NIV)
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

If you only knew the gift of God, (living water, eternal life, grace) and that all you need to do is ask and He will give it. Jesus is telling this woman, just like He did with Nicodemus, that God’s dealings with humanity are on the basis of grace. Our relationship with God is not about what we do, but on what God is willing to do for us.

2. Put away the labels

The amazing grace we just talked about is evidenced even further by what happens here. Jesus sees the beauty of people’s potential and does not treat them according to the labels that society and even the religious community puts on them.

John 4:16-19 (NIV)
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.

According to these verses, there are a lot of different labels that we could hang on this woman. Jesus doesn’t label her, He is saying that He knows about the life she is living and yet He is still offering her the hope of life, just as he had to Nicodemus.

3. In Spirit and Truth

John 4:23-24 (NIV)
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

In His encounter with Nicodemus, Jesus stressed the fact that all stand condemned before God. Nicodemus, a religious man, took pride in his keeping of the Law and did not recognize his need for God’s grace. The woman at the well, however, was well aware that she was a sinner. Jesus didn’t talk to her about condemnation, he talked to her about worshipers. Why?

Nicodemus needed to see himself as a sinner in order to understand grace, the woman who knew she was a sinner needed to see herself as a person of worth and value.

Remember, Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:6, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

As we said last week, when we are born again we become spiritually alive. We have a living spirit. We can worship in spirit; our spirits are alive and we have the Holy Spirit within us, who helps us to see and embrace truth—the Truth, Jesus Christ.

4. The result

John 4:25-26 (NIV)
25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

John 4:28-30 (NIV)
28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

The woman, gets it. She leaves her water jar behind. The living water she had just received in Christ was better than the water in her jar. She heads into town and becomes a very effective evangelist.

John 4:39 (NIV)
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

This woman went from town outcast, to having a significant part in sparking a revival there. That’s a great picture of the life He is calling us all to live. His amazing grace says to each one of us, no matter where we are on the good and bad scale, “You count.” God knows you as you are, and God still cares. He cares enough to send His Son,that we might have eternal life, become His children, and become true worshipers.

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