4 John

Author

Ernie Morales

Scripture

John 4:1-54

Observation

  • The Pharisees heard that Jesus was baptizing more people than John (although it was his disciples)
  • Jesus came into the town of Sychar and sat by Jacob’s well about noon
  • A Samaritan woman came to draw water and Jesus asked for a drink
  • The woman was surprised because Jews do not associate with Samaritans
  • Jesus responds by telling her that He has living water
  • The Samaritan woman thinks he is talking about regular water because she tells him he has nothing to draw the water with and it is deep
  • Jesus responds by talking to her about the kind of water he can give
  • She then asks for some but is still thinking he is talking about regular water
  • Jesus tells her to get her husband and she lets him know she doesn’t have one. He tells her he knows she has had 5 husbands and the man she has now is not her husband
  • She realizes he is at least a prophet and starts talking about worship. Now she is talking about spiritual things
  • Jesus then explains that a time is coming where true worshippers will worship in Spirit and truth and that it won’t be about a certain place
  • The Samaritan woman knows that the Messiah is coming and Jesus let’s her know He is the Messiah
  • The disciples come back and are surprised to find Jesus talking with her but didn’t say anything
  • The woman went and told many in the town about Jesus
  • The disciples tell Jesus to eat and he tells them he has food they know nothing about. He explains that his food is to do God’s will. Then he talks about the harvest where one person sows and another reaps
  • Many people believed because of the Samaritan woman
  • Two days later Jesus left for Galilee. He was in Cana where he turned water to wine and where a son of a royal official was sick. He went to Jesus and begged him to heal his son who was close to death
  • Jesus responded by telling them they will never believe unless they see signs and wonders
  • The official asked him to come before the child dies. Jesus told him his son will live
  • The official left and his servants met him and said the boy is living. After talking they realized he was healed at the time Jesus spoke

Application

We know the story of the Samaritan woman is big because Jesus didn’t have the “boundaries” that others had and reached out to everyone to share the gospel. Because it is such a good story, it’s easy to overlook the healing of the official’s son. This man walked 20 miles to see Jesus and addressed him as “Lord” (official translation) putting himself under Jesus even though he had legal authority over Jesus. The miracle was more than a miracle. It was a sign to all the people. The government official believed Jesus and had faith that Jesus could do what he claimed. He not only believed Jesus but he also obeyed Jesus by returning home. This demonstrated his faith. The son was 20 miles away and he was still healed. Distance does not limit Jesus’ power. Because of all of this, the official’s household came to believe in Jesus.  My “personal” faith is not really personal. It affects everyone around me and in my areas of influence. Jesus will use my faith in Him to affect the lives of others so that they will come to know Him.  It will look different every time.

Prayer

Jesus I am your friend, your son and your servant. You are my everything. You are my Lord and my Savior. I trust you and put my faith in you. Draw others into your Kingdom because of what you are doing in me. I pray that others will see you working in me and that they will want to know You because of it.  More of you and less of me.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. jim Asselin wrote:
Thanks Ernie,
This passage used to bother me because Jesus seems to be toying with royal official, as though he's putting him off. I now look at this as an opportunity for the official. So many want to see the fireworks, and then go on with life, but this man recognized Jesus as being all about life or death. He made a public proclamation saying so. As you mentioned Ernie, his public actions of submission and humility spoke just as loudly.
In a world that looks for fireworks, Jesus asks me to
a. go where he is, seek him
b. put my pride aside and speak publicly and privately about the deep truths of life and death
c. believe that he is going to do something
May it be so.

Tue, October 27, 2015 @ 8:25 AM

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