The Gospel of John – Facing Her Sin

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“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.” John 4:15-16 We see the woman wanted the water that Jesus was offering, but she wanted it on her terms. She wanted water so she would never have to come to this well again. This is the water that most of us want. We want water that will make life easier. We want Jesus to come into our lives and we never have to do anything again. The problem is if we are to come to Jesus, we must see that we are sinners. “She was suddenly compelled to face herself and the looseness and immorality and total inadequacy of her life. There are two revelations in Christianity: the revelation of God and the revelation of ourselves. No man ever really sees himself until he sees himself in the presence of Christ; and then he is appalled at the sight. There is another way of putting it–Christianity begins with a sense of sin. It begins with the sudden realization that life as we are living it will not do. We awake to ourselves and we awake to our need of God.” (William Barclay) There were two issues that needed to be addressed, first, her sin and His identity. She needed to realize who this man was that had started this conversation with her. She needed to see that this man was the answer to what was wrong in her life. She needed to change her life and repent of her sins. You cannot live for Jesus and continue in sin.

The Gospel of John – The River of Life

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“Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 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.” John 4:13-14 “Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1-3) What a promise! This is the promise that God has given everyone that serves Him. It is the promise that is now because the Kingdom of God is now. All we have to do is accept this gift from God and this river will flow through us and into the nation. This is the River of Life!

The Gospel of John – Worldly Thinking

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“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” John 4:11-12 The woman still did not understand the gift that Jesus was about to give her. She was still thinking worldly. She was thinking about literal water and she could not understand how Jesus was going to obtain this water. The well was deep and Jesus had no bucket or rope. This sounds just like most of us today. God tells us that He has something for us to do. We look around and try to find the rope and the bucket. I know that this is my problem. Many years ago God told me that my ministry was to write for Him. I could not understand how in the world this was going to happen. I fought it for years telling God that if He wanted me to write, I needed a rope and a bucket. Many times He told me that if He called me to a ministry, He had the rope and the bucket and this was not my problem it was His. If He wanted me to write, He would make a way for me to write and for people to read what I wrote. I just needed to realize that Jesus was greater than Jacob. The water that Jesus offers is the water that allows us to move forward for God. When we can stop thinking worldly and allow God to control our lives, we don’t need a rope and a bucket. We only need Jesus and He […]

The Gospel of John – Facing the Truth

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“Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10 I have written a book “Healing of the Wounded Spirit.” This book is about facing the truth. It is about allowing God to help you face the truth of what is happening in your life and start the healing that God wants you to experience. If we cannot face the truth in our lives, we cannot move forward for God. In the conversation with Nicodemus and with the Samaritan woman, we see Jesus leading the conversation so that both will see the truth about what they need to change in their lives. Nicodemus needed to see that religion was not the answer and that he must be born again if he was to have eternal life. The Samaritan woman needed to stop sinning and move forward for God. At first, they did not understand. Jesus needed to move the conversation forward so they could be open to the truth. The Lord wants us to accept ourselves as we are, rotten and unchanged, then let Him express His goodness and righteousness in us through His Holy Spirit. “You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.” (1 Peter 2:4-5) This is the truth that we all must face that we are sinners saved by grace. Then God will give us the living water that flows from the throne of […]

The Gospel of John – Atmosphere

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“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?” John 4:9 Atmosphere: The pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or creative work. The mood or feeling that exists in a place affects the people who are there. Jesus knew how to create an atmosphere. He asked the woman for a drink of water and this completely changed the atmosphere. This could have been an atmosphere of stress or at least an atmosphere of two uncomfortable people. Instead there was a conversation started. It was a time of sharing and a time of healing. Every time we meet people, we create an atmosphere. Sometimes it is consciously, at other times it is subconsciously. Sometimes the atmosphere is hostile and at other times it is a loving and open atmosphere. Jesus always create an atmosphere of openness and loving. This was not what the woman was expecting. When we begin to realize that our words, attitudes and actions are literally producing an atmosphere, perhaps we will be more conscious of the ripple effect of our being. We aren’t just creating words; we are creating an atmosphere. When Jesus looked at this woman, He saw possibility and a new beginning.

The Gospel of John – A Drink of Water

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“Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” John 4:7 Jesus asked this woman for a simple thing. A drink of water. Most Jews would not have even spoken to this woman. She was a Samaritan and she was not of very high moral character as we can see later in this story. Jesus was our example of how we are to act in our relationships with other people. I was raised in the south. In the south we always speak to strangers we meet. We are always friendly no matter who the person is or how they look. This is what I love about the south and living in the country; most people are not strangers for long. It seems that when I go to the store or to the post office, I can always find someone to talk to. It is amazing how much you can learn about a person just by saying hello. This may even start a friendship or it may brighten someone’s day. I know that I can be down and then someone speaks and smiles at me and it changes how I feel. Just by asking for a drink of water it changed this woman’s life forever. We know that she returned to her village and told others about Jesus. We just don’t know how many lives were changed just because Jesus asked this woman for a drink of water. Remember this the next time you meet a stranger.

The Gospel of John – Jesus became Human

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“He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.” John 4:4-6 We see John showing us that even if Jesus was the Son of God, He was also just as much human as He was divine. This had to be if Jesus was our redemption from sin. “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.” (Hebrews 2:14) As a man, He came as a substitute to die for mankind’s sin. He was not half man and half God, but totally man and totally God united in one Person. Jesus is the most unique person in the universe. He came as a man so that He would feel and experience everything that we experience. He had the same emotions that we have and His body experienced the same physical pain that we have. He was weary, just as we get weary. Jesus had been on a long trip and he was weary and needed a drink. So He sat down at Jacob’s well. “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8) As you think about […]

The Gospel of John – Culture Barriers

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“Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way.” John 4:1-4 Before we move into Chapter four we need to look at some of the settings of this encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Because the Pharisees were trying to incite competition between Jesus and John the Baptist, Jesus left Judea and started north to Galilee. At this time in His ministry, He did not want to be involved in this controversy. It was not Jesus that was baptizing, but His disciples. Palestine is only 120 miles long from north to south. Within this 120 miles there were three definite divisions of territory. To the south lay Judea and in between lay Samaria. In the north was Galilee. Most Jews bypassed Samaria, but this was the long way. Just as God always does, He directed Jesus on a divine appointment. God knew that this woman needed what God could give her. There was a deep seated hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans. The Samaritans were a mixed race, part Jew and part Gentile, that grew out of the Assyrian captivity of the northern tribes in 727 B.C. Rejected by the Jews because they could not prove their genealogy, the Samaritans established their own temple and religious services on Mt. Gerizim. When Jesus’ enemies wanted to insult Him, they called Him a Samaritan. Merely by traveling through Samaria, our Lord was shattering age-old barriers. He was showing us that we must go across culture barriers to show God’s love for the world. We must embrace people that are not just like us. We need to allow God […]

The Gospel of John – Jesus must become Greater

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 Before we move on to Chapter four we need to review Chapter three. John in Chapter three is emphasizing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a living relationship. It begins with the new birth. The birth that is spiritual and comes from God. When we receive Jesus Christ into our lives, we share His very life and we are adopted into the family of God. This relationship is alive and it is a growing relationship. Every day that we walk with Jesus the relationship grows stronger and more alive. It is a loving relationship. We feel the love of God in our life each and every day. He walks with us daily. When things get more than we can bear, it is then that Jesus Christ in His love for us carries us in His loving arms. It is a learning relationship. Jesus is a faithful witness. Sharing God’s truth with us. What a delight it is to receive His Word, meditate on it, and make it part of our everyday lives. We must never forget the cost of this relationship. For us to have this relationship, Jesus had to give it all. He had to die on the Cross. He had to endure the hatred and condemnation of men. He had to take our sins on to himself so that we could be forgiven. “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30) This is the key to our relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of John – The Wrath of God

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“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” John 3:36 God is a loving God, but He is also a just God. God has given us a choice. We can either accept Jesus Christ as our savior or we can reject Him. If we accept Him, we have abundant life here on earth and then we spend eternity with Jesus in heaven. If we reject this free gift of God, we face the wrath of God’s judgement. When God made man, He gave him authority over the earth. “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26) The earth was man’s to do with as he pleased. He had complete authority over the earth. What did man do with this authority? He messed up as we always do. He sinned. When man sinned, he transferred his authority to Satan. It was a legal gift from God so man could do with it however he chose. God could have taken this authority back from Satan, because He has the power. God is ruler over everything. If God had gone over man’s head and taken back the authority from Satan without due process, it would have been a violation of divine justice. God cannot be unjust even with Satan. A man had to take this authority back from Satan. This man had to be without sin. There could be not even a hint of sin in his life. If there had been […]