03-11-18 – “What’s in Your Water?” – John 4:1-18 (Bill Johnson)

What’s In Your Water?

The Woman at the Well

John 4:1-18

Purpose of John ~ John 20:31 ~ But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Last week: John 3:22-36 ~ How to be great in God’s eyes.

  • We have to spend time with Jesus
  • Complimenting instead of Competing, Comparing & Complaining
  • Who are we really Following?
  • Who are we Elevating?

 

John 4:1-18 ~ The Woman at the Well

What’s in Your Water?

 

When we ‘go’ with intentionality ~

God creates opportunities that result in eternal impact!

  • Jesus was always about His Father’s business.  ~ So should we!
  • Jesus had a Divine Appointment!  ~ So do we!
  • Jesus met her need, right at the well. ~ So will we!

 

Background:

Geography: Judea (south), Samaria (middle), Galilee (north)

Most direct route is through Samaria ~

But most devout Jews avoided Samaria.

The Samaritans were ok with that!

 

Bitter hatred between Jews and Samaritans.

Started 722bc Northern kingdom defeated by Assyria.

They carried off the brightest into captivity and brought in foreigners to settle in the Northern kingdom.

The Jews left behind intermarried and were considered ethnically impure.

The Southern kingdom remained pure even during their captivity to the Babylonians in 586bc.

 

The Samaritans:

Developed their own religion: part pagan, part Jewish.

Built their own temple at Mt Gerizim

Developed their own language and own version of the Pentateuch.

Samaritans were viewed as religious and ethnic half-breed heretics!

 

John 4:1-18niv ~ Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

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 livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them 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.”

 

Simple conversation: Thirsty guy at a well, woman coming to get some water… or is it?

This is the longest recorded conversation Jesus had with another person!

 

 

  • Jesus was always about His Father’s business.  (So should we!)

 

John 6:38niv~ For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

 

John 4:1-6 ~ Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

 

V1-2 ~ 1Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.

 

The word was getting out and it was getting the attention of the Pharisees!

 

Even John the Baptist’s disciples complained about this!

He answered:  John 3:30 “I much decrease and He (Jesus) must increase!

John the Baptist’s roll was to proclaim Jesus!!!

 

Why did John (the writer) mention that it wasn’t in fact Jesus baptizing, but was his disciples?

Continuing to baptize demonstrated unity with John the Baptist.

Jesus disciples doing the baptizing showed Jesus superiority to John the Baptist.

Unity, but not the same…

 

Over and over John said “I am not the Messiah”.

Jesus was the was the one John the Baptist was proclaiming!

Not just a prophet or rabbi… But the Messiah…. The Christ… The Lord… He is God!

They Each had a roll / purpose to fulfill.

 

We each have a roll to play / purpose to fulfill in God the Father’s plan of redeeming the world!  

Are you doing yours?  Do you know what it even is?

Head, Heart, Hands….

We’ve been on it!

 

V 3-6 ~ So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

 

Did Jesus just take the short way home?  v4 He had to go through Samaria.

He didn’t HAVE TO… There were other routes…

Most devout Jews went through Jordan to avoid the Samaritans. Just being around the Samaritans would make them “unclean”.

 

Jesus had a purpose in everything he did!

The Gk word ‘dei’, translated ‘HAD TO’ literally means “to be necessary”.

Used 7 times in the Gospel of John.

Everywhere else it’s used it refers to divine necessity or requirement!

He had to go through Samaria because it was the will of his Father in heaven!

 

Jesus was in the country outside of Jerusalem

Walks to Jacob’s Well, by Sychar, about 40 miles from Jerusalem arrives @ Noon!

Have you ever be inconvenienced by God’s plans?

 

Don’t miss the significance of Jacob’s Well:

Where God first appeared to Abram

Where Abram built an alter a called upon the name of the Lord.

Where Jacob returned after his time spent with Labon to get a wife.

Where Jacob built an alter to the Lord.

Where Joshua made a covenant with Israel, renewing their commitment to God.

Joshua 24:15niv ~ But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

 

I’ve gotta ask you: Who are you serving today?

JD was all over it last Sunday ~

Who are you really following?

Who are we elevating?

Jesus was about His Father’s business….

Are you?  Am I??? ….really following, HIM…

Or do we find ourselves getting distracted by our wants and desires?

 

Jesus and his disciples get there hot & tired, hungry & thirsty

It’s lunch time…

 

Jesus waits by the well…

The Disciples head off to Harris Teeter.

 

Jesus was about His Father’s business

  1. Jesus had a Divine Appointment!  (So do we!)

Eph 2:10nlt ~ You are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do the good works that HE prepared in advance for you to do!

 

John 4:7-9niv ~When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

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.)

 

Are you ever so focused on your own needs that you miss out on the opportunity to fulfill the spiritual needs of those around you?

 

Jesus waited by the well. He was: At the right place – At the right time – For the right person.

 

He wasn’t waiting for the disciples… He waited for the woman…

Jesus had a divine appointment!

 

The disciples are searching for their supper.

 

It was an peculiar time for the woman to be coming to the well….

(typlically morning or evening)

It was peculiar for a woman to come to the well alone….

(in groups for safety)

It was peculiar for a Jew to even speak to a Samaritan…

much less a woman, at that time, alone… scandalous!

 

She was an outcast to her own people due to her lifestyle and hated by the Jews…

 

BUT SHE WAS LOVED BY GOD…

Jesus walked 40 miles for that Divine Appointment ~

YOU ARE NEVER TO FAR GONE FOR GOD TO REACH!

 

Jesus starts a conversation by asking her to fulfill his need for a drink of water.

Shaking up her expectations

And setting up an opportunity to tell her about the living water that HE has for HER!

 

There is no impact, without contact!

 

Theologian Louis Godet (1800) noted that Jesus “was not unaware that the way to gain a soul is often to ask a service of it.”

 

By doing so he ascribed value to her as a person.

Jesus was breaking down the barriers of sex, ethnicity & cultural division.

 

Barriers not only separate us from each other, but they separate us from God!

 

Mission & Vision Statement:  We will be visible, involved, available & a friend in our community; we will introduce people to Jesus Christ because we want them to belong, to believe & become all that God wants them to become.”

 

We’re to tear down barriers / shake up expectations that get in the way of our being able to share what Jesus has done in our lives and what He wants to do in theirs!

 

Those barriers will fall when we walk in obedience to Christ.

 

Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and they follow me. (go where I go)

He said if you love me you will obey my commandments.(do what I do)

 

It’s in that, that we place our ‘head’, ‘heart’ & ‘hands’ in motion to have an eternal impact on the lives of those God has placed in our path!

No Impact ~ Without Contact

 

   Jesus was about His Father’s business and so should we!

   Jesus had a Divine Appointment and so do we!

  1. Jesus met her greatest need, right at the well. ~ So will we!

 

2Cor 5:19b-21nlt ~ And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,e so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

 

Meeting other’s greatest need is what Divine Appointments do…

It’s what you and I are called to do…

 

They:

Share the knowledge of the Truth

Display God’s glory ~ JD put it another way last week, We live a life of WORSHIP!

Fulfill God’s plan for us and

Reveal God’s plan for them

 

John 4:10-17niv ~ 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.”

The Gift of God ~ Salvation

Who it is that asks you for a drink ~ The Savior

He would have given you living water ~ The Spirit of God that:

Satisfies our spiritual thirst with the presence of God.

Enables our transformation into the likeness of Christ

Empowers us to fulfill the mission God has called us too…

 

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 livestock?”

 

She responded with a worldly answer to a spiritual truth…. She was blind!

 

She may have recognized the Jewish requirement to be ceremonially clean that they had to bath in water from a moving source which they called living water.

Jacob’s well filled at the bottom from rain seeping down, not a spring.

 

Jesus was certainly playing on that when he answered her in v13.

 

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

The water He gives does more that quench ones thirst, it creates something good and life giving in the heart of the one who drinks it!

It doesn’t run out!  

Drink your fill!  

It is in the abiding in Christ that our living water stays full and overflowing…

 

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.”

 

She wants it, even though she’s still not getting what this living water is…

She knows she doesn’t want to thirst anymore

She knows she doesn’t want to keep running back to the well every day!

 

In Jesus our living water never runs dry!

In Jesus our living water burst forth to impact the world around us for Him!

In Jesus our sins are forgiven and by sharing what that living water is doing in us and through us, lives are transformed   ~ including our own!

 

Do you see what Jesus does next?

 

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.”

 

Jesus confronts her with her sin; with all the mud and garbage that was her life.…

 

It wasn’t that she ‘had sinned’ ~ it’s that sin was the most defining thing about her.

 

**That was true for her and it’s been true for every one of us**

   If Jesus is your LORD then HE defines you, not your sin!

 

With the recognition of her sin, her eyes were being opened and the reality of who Jesus IS was about to become a reality for her…

 

With the recognition of our sin comes the revelation of the Truth!

Paul said it in 2 Timothy 2 that when we share, we have a hope that God would grant repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth!  (truly recognizing our sin will lead to repentance)

 

Don’t miss this church ~

When we ‘go’ (Hands) with intentionality ~ about our Father’s business

God creates opportunities ~ Divine Appointments

that result in eternal impact ~ Right at the well ~ Right where God has us in our day to day lives!

It’s why we’re here!

 

She’s not quite there yet in v18…. but she will be.  

 

You see, this appointment was FOR HER & those she would tell….

But it’s been recorded FOR US!

Jesus was DEMONSTRATING FOR US what being a DISCIPLE OF HIS is all about.

 

It’s What “Discipleship” is all about.

It’s What “Missions” is all about.

It’s What our lives should be all about!

 

It’s a lifestyle of worship and abiding in Jesus that results in transformation in us; and through us with those God places within our circle of influence.

 

The reality is ~ we’re all full of something….

 

So I’ve gotta ask you: What’s In Your Water?

(We’ve all got something bubbling up out of us!)

 

Living Water that is Life giving and Pure and welling up into Eternal Life

 

Dead Water  ~ Dirty, Stagnate & Soaked in Sin ~

…welling up into Death and Eternal Separation from God.  

 

…not only for us, but for those within our circle of influence.  

We’re either pointing people toward Jesus or away from Him…

 

Moses spoke to the Jewish people just before his death /40yrs in the wilderness:

Deut 30:19-20a nkjv ~ 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days;

 

There’s no middle ground.

What are you setting before your circle of influence?

 

If Jesus is you LORD ~ you have within you LIVING WATER!!   Speak LIFE!

Open the spigot wide ~ let it flow out and bring true life ~ eternal life ~ to those around you!!

IF YOU KNOW JESUS in your heart, don’t try to keep Him for yourself!

He’s to big ~ let Him stick out all over!!

 

If you don’t JESUS AS LORD, but you know there’s got something better~

There is a God that loves you just where you’re at…

 

In fact, He loves you too much to just leave you there…  

 

He would love to clean out that sin soaked water of death inside you and replace it with the living water of His Spirit.

Reach out to Him ~ He’s already reaching out to you!

 

The LORD Jesus has paid the penalty for your sins ~ all of them.

You have to trust in HIM for your salvation.

No thing or No one else. Just JESUS

HE is THE way!