Morning Devotions: John 4 – Salvation is Available to Everyone
I greet you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is Day 4 of lockdown. It is Monday, just so you can keep track of where we are in the week. And being Day 4, we are on chapter 4 of the Gospel of John. We are reading it each day during the lockdown period. There is 21 chapters in the Book of John. It seems an appropriate book to do over this time. I'm going to read the chapter, briefly make some observations, apply it, and then close in a word of prayer. Let's read from God's word together.
John 4 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
4 When Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 3 he left Judea and went again to Galilee. 4 He had to travel through Samaria; 5 so he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from his journey, sat down at the well. It was about noon. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give me a drink,” Jesus said to her, 8 because his disciples had gone into town to buy food. 9 “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered, “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.” 11 “Sir,” said the woman, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.” 13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 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.” 15 “Sir,” the woman said to him, “give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.” 16 “Go call your husband,” he told her, “and come back here.” 17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered. “You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’” Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman replied, “I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus told her, “Believe me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Jesus told her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.” 27 Just then his disciples arrived, and they were amazed that he was talking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the people, 29 “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They left the town and made their way to him. 31 In the meantime the disciples kept urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 33 The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?” 34 “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus told them. 35 “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. 36 The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor.” 39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of what he said. 42 And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, since we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.” 43 After two days he left there for Galilee. 44 (Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45 When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him because they had seen everything he did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival. 46 He went again to Cana of Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to him and pleaded with him to come down and heal his son, since he was about to die. 48 Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” 49 “Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my boy dies.” 50 “Go,” Jesus told him, “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed. 51 While he was still going down, his servants met him saying that his boy was alive. 52 He asked them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him,” they answered. 53 The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. 54 Now this was also the second sign Jesus performed after he came from Judea to Galilee.
If I had to give this chapter a title, it might be that salvation is available to everyone.
The chapter starts off with a contrast. If you were with us yesterday for chapter 3, you were introduced to Nicodemus and Nicodemus stands and stark contrast to this picture of the woman at the well.
Let me tell you how: firstly Nicodemus was a male the Samaritan at the well was a female. Nicodemus is a respected man, this woman would have been Infamous for her sin. Nicodemus was a powerful authoritarian leader of the Israelites, this woman would have been without influence Nicodemus was an orthodox man. He held two right religion, this woman was part of a folk religion are, a sect. Nicodemus would have been trained in theology, where she is theologically abhorrent Nicodemus was a Jew new and this woman was a hated Samaritan. Nicodemus would have been seen to be righteous before men, whereas this woman really as this woman was known as unrighteous. And yet both Nicodemus, and this woman needed Jesus Christ.
I think that the contrast is given to demonstrate the common need of all men to put their faith in their trust in Jesus Christ that they might live. There’s a sick and contrast John likes contrast, it's between women at the well and his disciples. Let me show you how: the disciples they go into the town. After Jesus speaks to the woman at the well, she goes into the town to the disciples come back with food. This woman comes back with people. I think that this contrast is demonstrated even the text as Jesus Christ speaks to his disciples to show us that our mission is to join Jesus Christ's mission, in proclaiming Him as the Messiah; the Son of God.
Lastly they are at least four movements of faith in this chapter. Four movements of belief. And belief is a key word for John in His gospel. Indeed, these things are written that you might believe.
The First Movement
The first is the Samaritan woman at the well who believes. And in believing, leaves everything that she's gotten runs into town and gathers the town people.
The Second Movement
When they (town people) come back, they to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and they believe that He is the Saviour of the world.
The Third Movement
The Movement of belief is seen as Jesus leaves Samaria and moves up into Galilee. And as he goes into Galilee, the Galileans believe in Him.
The Last Movement
The last movement is this official who comes to Jesus Christ. His son is ill. And as he places this great need before Jesus Christ is Jesus says, “Go your son is healed.” He believes in Him. Later again in the text, he believed and his whole household with him. This is why John is writing this book to demonstrate how belief comes to all from viewing stations in life and various places, that God might be glorified through them, just like He might be glorified in and through you.
How do we apply this text? The first way that we apply to is, if you're an unbeliever reading chapter 4 of The Book of John, I want you to pay attention to those last few verses. Where it is written in John chapter 4:54. “Now, this was also the second sign Jesus performed after he came from Judea to Galilee”, and I want to remind you of John chapter 20 at the end of that chapter as John gives the whole purpose why he's written this book these things. He said, these things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah; the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name. The bottom line is, these things are written that you might believe. Friend gaze upon God's Word. Believe in your heart and be saved even this day.
The second group of people who may be reading this devotional today, might be a person who's seeking for God. I want to remind you that you find God through the person of Jesus Christ. The woman at the well in chapter 4 say these words in verse 25, “I know that the Messiah is coming who is called the Christ. And when he comes he will explain everything to us.” The bottom line is the Messiah was the long-expected Redeemer of Israel. He was God's chosen man. He was to be anointed, the anointed one of God. He was to be the Saviour of God's people. He was to be the Holy and righteous one of God. Jesus Christ responds to this woman statement, unequivocally saying “I am he”. Jesus is the Christ. Jesus is the Messiah. And seeker, if you desire God in your life, you will find Him through the person of Jesus Christ.
If you're a backslider this morning and you are reading through chapter 4, I want to point your attention to Christ's response to the Samaritan woman. After it’s revealed that she has had five husbands and the last person that she's been with is not even her husband that she staying with currently. Jesus says to her in her backslidden state, that “God is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth that God is spirit and those who worship Him must Worship in spirit and in truth.” friend if you have professed Christ with your mouth, but you live a godless life from day to day, the call on your life is to repent from your sins and put your faith in your trust in Jesus Christ that you might live. You are in a most perilous position. You think you are saved, and yet your life demonstrates that you are not. Repent from your sins, believe again upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
If you’re a new convert this morning. This text should really excite you. We see in it that this woman hears of Jesus Christ, says that she's waiting for the Messiah; the Christ. Jesus says, “I am he.” and how does she respond? In John chapter 4:28 and following, we read that “the woman left her water jar.” She didn't even wait to keep it but she left her water jar “went into town and told the people come and see a man who told me everything I ever did could this be the Messiah?”
Are you a new convert? Do it you worry that maybe you don't know everything about the Bible, and yet you have a heart for the Salvation of the lost your family your friends your co-workers. Friends, her testimony was pretty simple. This Man has revealed my heart to me, come and hear about Him. Maybe that's all you can do. You can say, my heart has been revealed by God's Word. Come and read God's Word with me as we work through devotion of John. Or come to church with me. Or listen to the sermon that I've heard, which will reveal Jesus Christ to you in an increasing measure.
Believer, if you reading this passage today are, I'm hoping that you see that that the main portion of this passage is given really to evangelism, to believe and how the multitudes were putting their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Let me remind you of Christ's words to his disciples in John 4:35. “Listen to what I'm telling you open your eyes and look at the fields because they are ready for Harvest.” My friends, fields are ready for Harvest during this lockdown period. The reality is, people are asking questions that the world has no answers for. How can we live in such a corrupted and Fallen World? What happens when I die? I mean, might not die of coronavirus. The reality is the numbers are pretty low at the moment. But what happens when I die because it is appointed for men to die. We know that and thereafter comes the judgment. The people that you care most about your family your friends your co-workers, they are asking these questions. The fields are white for Harvest. Now is the time to go out and harvest. Now is the time to share your faith with your family and your friends. Let's close in a word of prayer.
Father God in heaven, even as we hear the words of John chapter 4, we are stirred I our hearts to share our faith with others. Father, You have called us to do as much, we are commanded as a much. Lord would you help us to be bold in this current time, as the world struggles with just all the lies that they have put their faith and trust in and help us to reveal the truth to them. That we might hear testimonies of men and women coming out of this lockdown period and coming out of this fearful time of this coronavirus, having put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. That they might glorify You in this life, and then forever in the life to come. Would You help us to do this? That we might glorify you now and join this great mission of Jesus Christ. This I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ.