Jesus went to Samaria:
(Read John 4:1-4)
The story of the conversion of the Samaritan woman and the healing of the nobleman’s son are described in this chapter. This shows that none of us are beyond the reach of God's grace. Christ is the master soul winner. Jesus helped this woman to see the realities of salvation despite her sin and shame. His compelling compassion drove him to Samaria. He knew the need of the people living in everyday situations. The woman was shocked that a Jewish man would speak openly to a Samaritan woman. Here Jesus confronts racism and sexism. He did not come to condemn the world but to save sinners. Unlike the moral Nicodemus, the woman of Samaria was a pagan, ill reputed, despised, and confused person. She was from a mixed race and Jews had no dealing with Samaritans. They worshiped Jehovah God along with heathen gods. They believed only the first five books of the Old Testament. Jews hated them because they were not full-blooded Jews. But Jesus saw the value of their souls and crossed the barriers of race to save them. Are we willing to cross all man -made barriers to proclaim the gospel of grace?
Jesus gives Living Water:
(Read John 4:5-19)
Jesus met the woman who came to draw water from the well in the noontime. He was tired and weary due to long journey. Jesus was human and experienced hunger and tiredness like all of us while on earth. Here Jesus took the initiative to make contact with the woman who was broken and powerless in the society. He said to the woman "Give me a drink”. This request surprised her because Jews refused to have any relationship with Samaritans. No Jewish rabbi ever spoke to a woman in public. Jesus knew her spiritual need and sought to win her soul. Jesus' request won her confidence and instilled in her heart a desire for the living water. Jesus offered to her the gift of living water and said “One who drinks the water He gives will never thirst”. She failed to understand the spiritual meaning of living water Jesus gives. She was going to broken cisterns to quench her thirst (Jeremiah 2:13). She said "Are you grater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well?" (4:12). She raised many questions to Jesus. He explained to her that he was not speaking of spring water that may quench her thirst. Jesus said to her “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again but whoever drinks of the water I give will never be thirty” (John 4:13,14). The woman wanted the living water Jesus was offering. She was ready for salvation but her heart should be prepared for that. By nature we resist grace like this woman. We want to do something to get saved. Jesus told her to call her husband. She said I don’t have a husband. There can be no conversion without conviction of sin and repentance. Repentance is more than feeling sorry for sin, it is turning from our old ways to God. She admitted her sin and acknowledged that Jesus is a prophet.
What is True Worship:4:20-29.
But she wanted to shift the discussion from moral sin to religion and worship. Jesus understood her spiritual poverty and explained to her about true worship. Samaritans worshiped on Mount Gerizim and Jews on Mount Zion. Jesus promised that the time was coming for true worshipers to worship in spirit and truth (4:24). Jesus was referring to His crucifixion and his resurrection. Worship should rise from our spirit that is controlled by the Holy Spirit and the word of God. It is the missing jewel in the church today. Arch Bishop William Temple defines worship as the submission of all our being to God. "It is the quickening of conscious by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of our imagination by His beauty, opening of our heart to His love and submission of our will to His purpose". Worship is an attitude of reverence and submission to God. It is affirming the worthiness of God. God is not indifferent toward the object and the manner of worship. The end of witnessing is worship of God. Worship is the highest exercise of human soul and the chief occupation of the church. It is the constant activity in heaven. Only the saved, separated, Spirit filled and prepared people can worship God. Our worship must be sincere and truthful. The New Testament worship is spiritual in nature and Christ entered. The believers are holy priesthood to offer sacrifice of praise continually to God (Heb 13:15; 1 Per 2:9). The woman attempted to stop the conversation by saying "When Messiah comes he will tell us all things". Jesus replied, "I am the Messiah “. He pursued her even when she was resistant to him. This filled her with hope and confidence in Christ. She left her water pot, went to her city and introduced Jesus to others. Her understanding increased about Jesus from a Jew to a prophet and to Messiah. Only the gospel can bring spiritual transformation in life.
Jesus is the Savior of the world:
(Read John 4:30-44)
Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman were in need of salvation. The living water is sweet only to those who know the bitter taste of their sins. Understanding is never a requirement for salvation. Only faith in Jesus Christ saves sinners. To understand Christ one must desire to do His will (John 7:17). The Samaritan woman became a witness for Christ. She rushed to her village and told them about Jesus who saved her. They came to see Jesus and requested Him to stay with them. Jesus stayed with them for two days. Many believed in Him and acknowledged that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Here we see how the testimony of an unnamed woman could impact the whole village. Personal testimony is one of the effective methods of witnessing. Let us not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the disciples returned, they saw their Master speaking to Samaritan woman. They wanted Him to eat. Christ replied that His food is to do the will of Father who sent me. Jesus reminded them of the urgency of witnessing. He said "Do you not say, there are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the field, they are ready for harvest” (4:35). Philip saw that the Samaritans were ready to get saved and preached the gospel. He reaped the harvest that was already ready and there was great joy (Acts 8:5-8). We are entrusted with the gospel to share with others. In the spiritual harvest one sows and another reaps. Here Christ had planted the seed and disciples were to reap. The gospel comes to us in order that it might spread from us to our family and friends (Acts 1:8). We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20). We are engaged in a rescue mission. Souls are perishing, time is short and opportunity will be lost. Pray for opportunities to tell others about Jesus. May God give you a passion for souls to share the gospel of grace. Pray that God may enable us to lead many people to the saving grace of God.
Jesus Heals an Official's Son:
(Read John 4:45-54)
The healing of official's son has happened in Cana in Galilee. This Roman official came from Capernaum and requested Jesus to come down and heal his son. He thought that Jesus had to come to Capernaum to heal his son. Jesus said to him "Go, your son will live". The official believed Jesus and went home. While on his way he met his servants with the good news that his son is healed. The healing was instantaneous and his whole family believed in Jesus. Faith means to act upon God's promise. This was the second miracle Jesus did in Cana. Thus Jesus proved that He is the all-powerful God and nothing is impossible to him.