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Woman at the Well

Woman at the Well

Sep 08, 2019

Preacher: Michael Grigsby

Series: Encounters

Category: Identifying God, Freedom, Grace

Detail:

Title:Woman at the Well

Text:John 4:4-42 NLT

 

            Good morning RSCC! I am extremely excited about the series we are starting this morning, because I believe whole-heartedly that the best way for us to learn how to live and love like Jesus is to look at the life of Jesus.

 

            That is exactly what we are going to be doing over the next 4 weeks. We are going to be looking at 4 of my favorite personal encounters Jesus had with individuals throughout his earthly ministry. WK-1 Woman at the well, WK-2 Man with leprosy, WK-3 Roman centurion, and WK-4 Woman caught in adultery.

 

            There have been times when I would say something along the lines of “that’s a sermon for another day.” Well, today is that day for the woman at the well.  We are going to take a 35,000ft look at this encounter with Jesus to see how it impacted the woman at the wells life, but more importantly for us; how that interaction SHOULDaffect our lives today.

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

 

 

Question: "What should we learn from the woman at the well?"

            The answer is as simple as it is complicated. Don’t you love how the Bible is full of these kinds of stories? This story is about a nameless Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at the village’s water well. Side note; this is recorded only in the Gospel of John. This encounter is a revealing one, full of many truths and powerful lessons for us today.

 

            The story of the woman at the well follows on the heels of the account of Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee and prominent member of the Jewish Sanhedrin in John 3:1-21. In John 4:4–42we read about Jesus’ conversation with a lone Samaritan woman who had come to get water from a well (known as Jacob’s well) located about a half mile from the city of Sychar in Samaria.

            This was an extraordinary woman. First and foremost as the name of this story says she was a Samaritan, a race of people that the Jews utterly despised as having no claim on their God, and she was an outcast and looked down upon by her own people.

 

            This is evidenced by the fact that she came alone to draw water from the community well when, during biblical times, drawing water and chatting at the well was the social highpoint of a woman’s day. However, this woman was ostracized and marked as immoral, an unmarried woman living openly with the sixth in a series of men.

 

            The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives. God values us enough to actively seek us, to welcome us to intimacy, and to rejoice in our worship.As a result of Jesus’ conversation, only a person like the Samaritan woman, an outcast from her own people, could understand what this means. To be wanted, to be cared for when no one, not even herself, could see anything of value in her—this is God’s grace.

But there are many other valuable truths we glean from this story. We learn that:

1) Only through Jesus can we obtain and receive eternal life: John 4:13–14, “13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” NLTand John 14:6, “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” NLT.

2) Jesus’ ministering to those outcasts of the Jewish society (the Samaritans) reveals that all people are valuable to God, and that Jesus desires that we demonstrate love to everyone . . . including even our enemies: John 4:7–9, “Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” NLTand Matthew 5:44, “44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” NLT.

3) Jesus is the Messiah: John 1:41, “41 Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”).” NLT; John 4:25–26, “25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” NLT; Matthew 27:22, “22 Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” NLTLuke 2:11, “11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” NLT.

4) Those who worship God, worship Him in spirit and truth: John 4:23–24, “23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” NLTPsalm 145:18, “18 The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” NLT.

5) Our testimony about Jesus is a powerful tool in leading others to believe in Him. Look at what happened when the Samaritan woman shared her testimony in John 4:39-42, “39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” NLT.

            What else do we learn from this encounter with Jesus? We learn from Jesus’ dialogue with the woman at the well three absolute truths about salvation:

1) Salvation comes only to those who recognize their desperate need for the spiritual life they do not have. Only those who recognize that they are spiritually thirsty can obtain living water.

2) Salvation comes only to those who confess and repent of their sin and desire forgiveness. Before this immoral woman could embrace the Savior, she had to concede the full burden of her sins. She had to lay it all out before God.

3) Salvation comes only to those who take hold of Jesus as their Messiah. For the absolute truth is that salvation is found in no one else; John 14:6, “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” NLTActs 4:12, “12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” NLT.

 

CLOSING PRAYER