November 14, 2021 SUMC 9am Worship Service

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Nov. 14, 2021

"The Chosen: I Am He"

John 4:1-26, 39-42

1.  Introduction: 

     a.  Film & Faith

     b.  Is there anyone you will simply not associate with or try your hardest to avoid?

     c.  An appointment with Jesus…

2.  Jesus, The Samaritan Woman, and Jacob’s Well (John 4:1-15): 

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John”—although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized—he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

     a.  Jacob dug the well in Canaan (Samaria) roughly 2000 years before this encounter.

     b.  The Samaritans…

          i.  They were known as “half-breeds” or “dogs” to the Jews. 

          ii.  The Assyrians (Gentiles) married the Israelites (Jews) after the Assyrians defeated them.

          iii.  These Samaritans created their own version of “Judaism” mixed with idol worship. 

          iv.  Samaria and its people were to be avoided at all costs. (Map)

But he had to go through Samaria.  

     c.  Jesus was not moving out of response of human pressure but rather at the direction of the Father.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

     d.  The natural spring wells in the days of Jesus produced what the locals would call “living water.”

     e.  The “Living Water” Jesus offers is eternal life, and Jesus is the source.

3.  Seeing Is Believing (John 4:16-26):

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

     a.  Unlike other occasions, Jesus does not call out a particular sin.

     b.  This woman had been married five times, but we don’t know the circumstances surrounding those marriages; what we do know is Jesus doesn't judge her.

     c.  She knew enough about Judaism to believe that the Messiah was coming and was looking forward to it.

     d.  Jesus sees the real her, just as He sees the real us with an understanding of our experiences, circumstances, and mistakes.

     e.  She sees Jesus as the Messiah.

4.  Having Seen, She Shared (John 4:28-30, 39-42):

Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.

     a.  In her excitement, the Samaritan woman forgets about drawing water and runs back to her town to tell others about Jesus. 

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”

     b.  Her sudden desire to share the Gospel was greater than her desire to hide behind her history. 

     c.  Her trials become her testimony as she proclaims Jesus as the Messiah.

     d.  Jesus honors and validates the woman's proclamation of Him by staying in her city for two days.

5.  Conclusion: One encounter with Jesus can change everything.

If you want to experience God, find out where He is at work and join Him there.

Henry Blackaby

Anything of spiritual significance that happens in your life will be the result of God’s activity in you.

Henry Blackaby