Jesus, Saviour of the World and giver of Eternal Life
John 4:1-42
Jesus knows who you are, he knows your needs, and offers eternal life. Trust Him.
Published February 27th, 2019; Updated February 27th, 2019
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John 4:1-42
Setting the scene
CBI: Listen to Jesus' words - in Him is eternal life found
Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard
that Jesus was making
and baptizing more disciples than John
(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),
he left Judea and departed again for Galilee.
And he had to pass [through Samaria.]
So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
[near the field] that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there;
so Jesus, ... was sitting [beside the well.]
wearied as he was from his journey,
It was about the sixth hour.
Samaritan woman introduced
A woman from Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.”
(For his disciples had gone away [into the city] to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him,
“How is it that you,
a Jew,
ask for a drink [from me],
a woman of Samaria?”
( For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
Jesus offers living water
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 nothing to draw water with,
and the well is deep.
Where do you get that living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob?
He gave us the well
and drank from it himself,
as did his sons and his livestock.”
Jesus said to her,
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.
The water that I will give him will become [in him] a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water,
so that I will not be thirsty
or have to come here
to draw water.”
Jesus knows the woman
Jesus said to her,
“Go, call your husband,
and come here.”
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 now have is not your husband.
What you have said is true.”
The place of worship
The woman said to him,
“Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain,
but you say that in Jerusalem is the place
where people ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her,
“Woman, believe me, the hour is coming
when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
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 is seeking such people
to worship him.
God is spirit,
and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus is the Christ!
The woman said to him,
“I know that Messiah is coming
(he who is called Christ).
When he comes,
he will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her,
“I who speak to you am he.”
Disciples return and the woman proclaims
Just then his disciples came back.
They marveled that he was talking with a woman,
but no one said,
“What do you seek?”
or, “Why are you talking with her?”
So the woman left her water jar
and went away into town
and said to the people,
“Come, see a man
who told me all that I ever did.
Can this be the Christ?”
They went out of the town
and were coming to him.
Jesus explains his mission and talks about the harvest
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying,
“Rabbi, eat.”
But he said to them,
“I have food to eat
that you do not know about.”
So the disciples said to one another,
“Has anyone brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“My food is to do the will of him who sent me
and to accomplish his work.
Do you not say,
‘There are yet four months,
then comes the harvest’?
Look, I tell you,
lift up your eyes,
and see that the fields are white for harvest.
Already the one who reaps is receiving wages
and gathering fruit for eternal life,
so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
For here the saying holds true,
‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor.
Others have labored,
and you have entered into their labor.”
Samaritans believe in Jesus
Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony,
“He told me all that I ever did.”
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 indeed the Savior of the world.”
Why would Jesus leave after learning that the Pharisees had heard that he was of more influence than even John the Baptist?
BI : Jesus offers living water - eternal life - to the Samaritan woman, despite knowing her and declares that he is the Messiah. The woman believes and by her testimony and Jesus' words, many more Samaritans believe.
Worship in spirit and truth? Might have links to Jesus talking to Nicodemus about being born again in spirit (c.f. John 3:5-6)
Jesus can see into the life of this woman!
The response of encountering Jesus is to tell others! (c.f. John 1:41, 45) When we see Jesus for who he really is, do we share him with others?
The harvest is plentiful! Harvest here meaning the people who could be told about Jesus.
Do we see the plentiful opportunities for us to " reap "? How can we be sharing the gospel around us?
Do we trust in Jesus as our Saviour, the one through whom we can receive new life?
Thirsty from what? What is the thirst referring to? God's word? (c.f. Amos 8:11-12)
Jesus pointing backwards to how the prophets pointed forwards to the Christ coming from the line of David - i.e. the Jews (c.f. 2 Samuel 7:12-13)
Notice how people first believe because of the testimony of the woman, but their belief is strengthened through the words of Jesus!
See the northern and southern kingdom schism.
By the word of God, people recognise that Jesus is the Messiah - their Saviour. The question is, have you ? And if not, why not open the Bible and listen to what God is saying to you?
Noon or 6pm? (see NET translation)
In the Greek, this statement is reversed from what the woman said, placing emphasis on "husband". 'A husband , you don't have', as if to emphasise that she has something, but it's definitely not a husband. Οὐκ ἔχω ἄνδρα. vs Ἄνδρα οὐκ ἔχω·
What is this mountain to which she's referring? Apparently, Mt. Gerizim
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