The Living Water
Jn. 4:5- 30
Jesus love sinners, and all of us are sinners. He died for us even we are worthless, damaged merchandize. He talked to sinners and outcasts of society, healed the sick, put back to life those who are dead. The price He paid to redeem us and save us from the fires of hell is His own precious blood. Today we will be talking about how our Lord led one of the sinner like us to salvation.
I. Historical Background
A. Samaritans are the people who inhabited the region of Samaria in central Palestine.
B. Samaritans were a mixed race of Jews and foreigners (2 Kings 17:24-41). They are remnants of the northern tribes who had been taken captive when Israel fell in 722 B.C.
C. They use the Pentateuch and worship the Lord.
D. They are expecting the Messiah to make Samaria not Jerusalem, to be His seat of government.
E. For this reason, the Samaritans were despised by the Jews (Jn. 4:9).
II. The Barriers which the Lord has to face:
A. Racial – Jews are odds with the Samaritans
B. Social – Christ is looked upon as a prophet, while the woman was adulterous
C. Religious- Jews and Samaritans have different beliefs
Illustration: No difference
The phrase “no difference” occurs twice in the book of Romans. It is used first with reference to our human sinfulness. “… for there is no difference: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:22-23). Second, it is used with reference to God’s grace extended to all who will call on Him. “For there is no difference between Jew and the Greek for the same Lord is Lord over all is rich unto all that call on him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’ (10:12-13).
Until now racial, social, as well as religious prejudice is rampant. A religion who claims to be a religion of peace is the one murdering people who doesn’t share the same faith as them. As Christian have you done something to stop these barriers in winning souls for the Lord and with dealing with other people?
III. The Living Water (v. 10 – 20)
A. Christ is the source of Living Water. John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
1. Man drink water to quench his physical thirst.
2. People usually “thirst” for money, power, fame, material things, influence, friends, etc.
B. Christ Satisfies the Deepest Needs. Jn. 7:37 – 38
1. Man is never satisfied. After he gets what he wants, he want another.
2. There is a void space in our hearts. We know and we feel it. Some thinks it can be filled up with money, education, fame, power, etc., so men tries to have them by any means whether it is good or bad.
3. But after having these, they still feel that their need has not been satisfied. So, a number of people whom we think have everything committed suicide.
4. Man cannot really be satisfied until he finds God.
5. When man sinned, he was separated from God (and become enemy of God). He becomes spiritually dead
6. Remedy: The Living Water (to be reconciled to God through Jesus and be saved)
C. Christ knows us, our secrets and our sins. Jn. 4:16
1. Why did Jesus bring up issue about the 5 husbands? Because before a person can drink of the Living water, his sins had to be acknowledged and repented.
2. Why does the woman has 5 husbands? She has needs that cannot be satisfied. She thought it was physical or fleshy needs. What she really need was the Living Water, the Lord Jesus Christ.
D. Spiritual Worship Required: Jn. 4:21-24
1. True worship no longer needs physical aids such as pictures or graven images.
Illustration: Bible truths about worship:
Only the Lord God of the Bible is to be worshipped (Ex. 20:1-6; 34:14; 2Kings 17:36; Mt. 4:10; Acts 10:25-26). Jesus Christ is to be worshipped (Mt. 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 18:26; 20:20; 28:9,17; Ph. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:6). Worship is in vain if based on the traditions of man instead of the Word of God (Mt. 15:9; Mk. 7:7). Not even angels are to be worshipped (Rev. 22:8-9).
2. The woman seems to know much about religious matter. Many of us know many things about religion but do we really know Jesus? Have we partaken of the Living Water? Can we share Jesus with others?
3. It’s strange for a woman of bad refutation to go to the city and declare” come, see a man who told me everything I ever did”. Why did she do it? – Her experience of meeting Jesus was of such importance that she could not keep herself. Her natural desire was to share it with others.
E. Testimony after Salvation. Jn. 4:28 -30
1. The Samaritans came out to see Jesus. (v. 30).
2. Many believed because of her testimony. (v. 39).
3. Many more believed because of Jesus own words. They could not have heard it if the woman had not aroused their interest. (v. 40).
4. Are we bearing witness to Christ?
The Samaritan woman no doubt believed in Christ and got saved and so are her fellow Samaritans. Have you received Christ as your personal Saviour? For those who are already saved, do you share your faith to others?