Sabbath Day 9/7/13 Pastor David- Who is the Woman at the Well? John 4:4-30
It is a privilege that we can drink of the living water of Jesus. We need to have the confidence that we can break down the barriers that stop us from sharing the gospel of Jesus. We can share the living water of Jesus Christ. The Samaritans and Jews have had a bitter hatred for each other for centuries even before the taking away to Babylon. The Jews despised the Samaritans so they would walk an extra 15 miles to go around Samaria. Jesus decided to walk straight thru anyway. He was intentionally breaking down the barriers that people had set up. The first barrier Jesus broke thru was just meeting and talking to the Samaritan woman. Jesus just talked to her.
This Samaritan woman had three strikes of prejudice against her:
1) She was a woman.
Men didn’t talk to women in public. Sometimes husbands didn’t talk to their wives in public.
2) She was a Samaritan.
Jews despised Samaritans and didn’t talk to them at all.
3) She had an immoral lifestyle.
She had five husbands and now had a boyfriend.
This Samaritan woman was shocked that Jesus even talked to her because of these prejudices. It is God’s plan that we are all brothers and sister together. It is important that we as Christians break down the barriers and prejudices that are against people! All of us at some time or another can identify with this Samaritan woman. These prejudices against her are the reasons why she came to the well by herself in the heat of the middle of the day. She came when no one would be at the well. This woman was shocked that Jesus spoke to her and when he spoke he was honest and loving toward her.
Jesus broke down barriers by just talking to her. The woman at the well is like we are today- out of place, feel barriers and feel prejudices against us. Sin messes us up and we need a savior like the woman at the well did. Jesus comes to us to make things change and become new to us. He will become our personal savior. The woman’s life was changed when she received Jesus. She had faith in him and went to tell others in the city about Him. It is the spiritual things that really matter because they will change the natural and physical things.
Salvation is like Water>>>>>>
1. Water is needed for life………..so is Salvation
2. Water is a gift from above……..… so is Salvation
3. Water refreshes and satisfies……….so does Salvation
For this woman the conversation with Jesus was the best conversation she ever had with any person. This man Jesus was offering her something new, this living water. Jesus was offering her freedom-spiritual freedom. He had reached out to a divorced woman. Water is fun and water refreshes us inside and out. Water is like’s God’s Salvation.
Jesus was all about water. He walked on water. Jesus changed water into wine. He washed the disciple’s feet with water. The free gift of living water is exciting! Drinking living water--the water from Jesus gives us power. We must keep it flowing and realize that we need Jesus! verse 26: Jesus is Messiah! In Israel, Jacob’s well is between the Mount of Blessing and the Mount of Cursing. Jesus wants to bring blessings to us! It’s all about the Spirit and the Truth!
Your identity of who you are in Christ Jesus is very important.
The seven things Jesus said “I Am” to in book of John.
1) The Bread of Life
2) Light of the World
3) Gate of the Sheep
4) Good Shepherd
5) Resurrection & Life
6) The Way, Truth, Life
7) True Vine
Jesus is incredible because He will sit down and talk to anyone! We all should want to get this living water! Get with Jesus! John 7:38-39 He that believeth on Jesus as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. This is the Spirit that He that believes will get the Holy Ghost.
Barriers are broken when:
1. Jesus reveals Himself!
2. Jesus becomes our Savior!
3. Jesus and the Sprit of God change us!