Behold the Lamb of God
4/2 – Come and See (John 4:1-38)
Introduction — Here John tells about an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. In this unlikely meeting, Jesus arrives in Sychar. Jesus is weary from his travels, so sits down at a well. It’s around noon. A woman comes out to draw water. “Give me a drink,” Jesus says to her. With those simple words, Jesus begins a dialog with the woman. She’s curious. “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asks him. (As an aside, John notes that Jews normally do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answers, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.” As their dialog continues, the woman begins to wonder if Jesus is greater than Jacob. She also begins to see that he is a prophet. In their final exchange, the woman says, “I know the Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Jesus tells her, “I, the one speak to you, am he.” The woman leaves her water jar, goes into town, and tells the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” Amazingly, the people leave the town and make their way to Jesus. They go to see for themselves if what she’s saying is true. They listen to Jesus. They believe Jesus. How about us? Do we speak of Jesus? Do we readily engage in gospel conversations? Do we point people to living water? Do we invite people to come and see Jesus? Do we direct people to come and see who he is? Do we urge people to come and see what he has done?
Come and see this man who . . .
SPEAKS WITH ME ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE (7-14)
Comments: Jesus and his disciples are traveling through Samaria on their way to Galilee. They arrive in Sychar of Samaria. Jesus is weary. Jesus sits down at Jacob’s well. The disciples go into town to get food. Jesus is alone. A woman of Samaria comes to the well. Jesus asks her for a drink of water. To even begin the conversation breaks social protocol (for Jews have no dealings with Samaritans). But here is Jesus, talking with the woman. She is wary but curious. “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asks him. Jesus answers, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.” As their dialog continues, the woman begins to wonder if Jesus is greater than Jacob. She also wants to know where she can get the water Jesus describes. He answers her, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.” Though she doesn’t seem to grasp the gravity of Jesus’ words about eternal life, he doesn’t brush her off. He keeps talking with her. In fact, he risks being with her. He risks the stigma of what other people (Jew and Samaritan) might think of him. He moves beyond the normal protocol to reach her. Jesus seeks to save her. Jesus seeks to bring the outcast into the kingdom. Questions: What about us? Do we speak with people who don’t look like us? Do we brush people aside? Do we loathe those who do not agree with us? Do we have no dealings with people different than us? Or do we see them as souls whose deepest need is for eternal life through Christ? Illustration: And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14 Application: Let’s see all moments as gospel moments. Let’s go to people. Let’s not allow our weariness to hinder us from talking with people. Let’s speak about our life in Christ. Let’s direct people to Christ. Let’s engage all people for Christ, always being truthful.
KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT ME (15-30)
Comments: When the woman asks Jesus to give her the living water so that she will neither be thirsty nor need to come to the well for water, he tells her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answers, “I have no husband.” Jesus says to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband. For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” Jesus brings her sin to light, and the woman begins to see that he is a prophet. So, she inquires about worship. She wants to know where to worship. Jesus tells her, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” The woman then tells Jesus she knows the Messiah is coming, and when he comes, he will “declare all things to us.” Jesus replies, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.” When the disciples arrive back, the woman leaves her water jar, goes back to the city, and says to people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” Questions: Do we believe Jesus is the Messiah? Do we stand in awe of him? Do we believe he knows everything about us? Do we trust him? Do we bring others to him? Illustration: He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). ~ John 1:41 Application: Let’s listen to Jesus. Let’s learn from Jesus. Let’s run to Jesus. Let’s bring our friends to Jesus. Let’s find strength and solace in Jesus, who knows us and loves us.
DIRECTS ME TO SEE THE HARVEST (31-38)
Comments: Jesus’ disciples urge him to eat something, but he turns their concern for him into a lesson about the concern they should have for people. “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, and then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, because they are ready for harvest.” Jesus directs them to see the harvest of people. He wants them to have his same concern for people. Jesus wants them to get busy doing his Father’s joyful work—sowing and reaping—of bringing the good news of eternal life to everyone who believes in him. Questions: Do we see the harvest? Do we really see the harvest of people who need eternal life through Christ? Do we ache for others to know Christ? Do we work in the harvest? Do we sow the gospel seeds among our family and friends? Do we reap the harvest? Do we bring people to Jesus? Do we speak the good news? Illustration: For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” ~ John 6:40 Application: Let’s see the harvest. Let’s get to work in the harvest fields. Let’s get among people who need know Jesus. Let’s love them. Let’s pray for them. Let’s serve them. Let’s proclaim the gospel to them. Let’s point people to God. Let’s speak honestly with folks. Let’s tell them about Jesus. Let’s go in the power of the Spirit. Let’s go. Let’s get to work. Let’s invite people to come and see the wondrous things God does. Let’s show folks that God is great.
Word Study for John 4:1-30
7 draw (antleo—draw out; draw water; bail)
9 drink (pino—drink; soak up; experience; nourish)
10 living (zao—live; live again; living one; alive; to quicken, to give life)
11 deep (bathys—deep; extremely; high; inscrutable; below the surface)
14 thirst (dipsao—be thirsty; strongly desire; to be parched; dry)
15 give (didomi—give; grant; allow; deposit; produce; appoint)
16 go (hypago—move along; depart; leave; lead; carry back)
16 call (phoneo—cry out; invite; speak; shout; sing aloud; crow)
16 come (erchomai—go; happen; arrive; return; bring)
19 perceive (theoreo—behold; view; look at; understand; experience; to see)
21 believe (pisteuo—put faith in; trust; entrust)
24 spirit (pneuma—wind; breath; Holy Spirit)
24 must (dei—bind; tie; it is necessary; needful; proper to)
24 coming (erchomai—go; happen; arrive; return; bring)
24 Christ (christos—anointed; messiah; anointed one)
26 I (ego—I; me)
26 am (eimi—be; exist; happen; been)
29 come (deute—come here now!; go!; come on!)
29 see (eidon—pay attention; understand; visit; experience; see)
Application for John 4:1-30
Let’s go out of our way to meet people who need living water.
Let’s engage in meaningful conversations with people.
Let’s listen intently to people.
Let’s direct people to consider their deeper needs.
Let’s talk about our awesome God.
Let’s discuss the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.
Let’s point people to the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let’s invite people to come and see the wondrous grace of God.
Gospel Connections for John 4:1-30
Jesus went to unexpected places. He talked with unlikely people. He engaged in unexpected topics. Jesus went to the heart of the matter with confident ease. He spoke truth. He spoke life. He spoke hope. He directed people to come and see the majesty of God’s kingdom among them. Jesus urged people to believe Him. Jesus clearly told people that He is the Messiah. Jesus plainly spoke of the eternal life He offers to all those who receive Him by faith.
Thoughts and Quotes for John 4:1-30
Often we don’t see the majesty of God’s design because we’re caught up in the mediocrity of our own designs.
~ Craig D. Lounsbrough
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. ~ Baltasar Gracián
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. ~ John Calvin
We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior. ~ John R.W. Stott
As you walk with Jesus, resting your head on His heart, you will learn to know His Word, His will, and His ways. You will want to obey Him, not out of forced compliance, but out of heartfelt connection. Your joy will abound as you remain in His love. ~ Sue Detweiler
A fair vision had welcomed him in this land of disease. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
You can use the word of God to come to wrong conclusions, but you cannot find any wrong conclusions in the word of God. ~ Kevin DeYoung, Taking God at His Word
Withhold no part of the precious truth, but speak what you know and declare what you have seen. Do not allow the toil or darkness or possible unbelief of your friends to dissuade you. Let us rise and march to the place of duty, and there declare what great things God has shown to our soul. ~ Alistair Begg
God never made a promise that was too good to be true. ~ Dwight L. Moody
Yes, if truth is not undergirded by love, it makes the possessor of that truth obnoxious and the truth repulsive.
~ Ravi Zacharias
Jesus is the Messiah who . . .
Handles our deflections
Grasps our misconceptions
Meets our deepest need
Unites our hope
Engages the outcasts
Offers the gift of eternal life
Breaks our strongholds
Speaks of a new era of worship
Declares that he is the messiah
Calls people to believe him
Directs his disciples to see the harvest