So I have asked you to open up a Bible to the Book of John it is the last book in a series of four entitled the Gospels. This is where we see the work of the Master during His three years on this earth.
Why John? The words in John speak so powerfully of the divinity, the fact of who Jesus is, than any other Gospel. This book shows us that He truly should be the only influencer, Master and Teacher in any one’s life. Many a skeptic after reading this book has come to the conclusions that Jesus was God, that Jesus did all that the Bible says He did and that He is a Master worth following and a Lord worth worshipping and a Savior worth trusting with all of our junk. It is a powerful undertaking and I pray that you have begun to read John.
Let’s look at a chapter in John. John 4:1-30. I believe in Jesus’s own words this passage demonstrates clearly what we have been writing about for the past several months. The fact that He is the resource of life that never runs out. When you allow Him to be your Master and Teacher your interior life transforms into His life within you. A life of Love, Joy and Peace.
The Woman at the Well
4 1-3 Jesus realized that the Pharisees were keeping count of the baptisms that he and John performed (although his disciples, not Jesus, did the actual baptizing). They had posted the score that Jesus was ahead, turning him and John into rivals in the eyes of the people. So Jesus left the Judean countryside and went back to Galilee.
4-6 To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon.
7-8 A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?” (His disciples had gone to the village to buy food for lunch.)
9 The Samaritan woman, taken aback, asked, “How come you, a Jew, are asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” (Jews in those days wouldn’t be caught dead talking to Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water.”
11-12 The woman said, “Sir, you don’t even have a bucket to draw with, and this well is deep. So how are you going to get this ‘living water’? Are you a better man than our ancestor Jacob, who dug this well and drank from it, he and his sons and livestock, and passed it down to us?”
13-14 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
15 The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”
16 He said, “Go call your husband and then come back.”
17-18 “I have no husband,” she said.
“That’s nicely put: ‘I have no husband.’ You’ve had five husbands, and the man you’re living with now isn’t even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.”
19-20 “Oh, so you’re a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?”
21-23 “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you Samaritans will worship the Father neither here at this mountain nor there in Jerusalem. You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
23-24 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
25 The woman said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we’ll get the whole story.”
26 “I am he,” said Jesus. “You don’t have to wait any longer or look any further.”
27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked. They couldn’t believe he was talking with that kind of a woman. No one said what they were all thinking, but their faces showed it.
28-30 The woman took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot. Back in the village she told the people, “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Do you think this could be the Messiah?” And they went out to see for themselves.
So look at verses 8- 9. The Master is asking a woman of a race despised by the majority race for water. She is an outcast. Many a skeptic has a outcast issue, a not worthy issue, a belief that he or she needs to clean up, get religious before Jesus will have anything to do with them. So they withdraw and feel that the Master is for those who have it all together. They settle for far less within the culture influencers for answers to their needs and find crumbs. Real transformation never comes.
Then the Master gets down to business in verses 10-14. If you knew me you would be following me, You would be drinking my living water. Then once following me(drinking my living water) know that what I give never runs out. In verse 15 she exclaims she wants the water so she will not have to ever come back to the well. Is that not priceless! But she still is not getting it.
Then in verses 17-18 Jesus begins to dig inside her interior life as he tells her to get her husband. She asserts she has no husband. Jesus said how sly, you are right but you have had several and the guy you are shacked up with right is not one of them. She then believes Jesus is far less than who he is and proclaims him to be a prophet. She then changes the subject for an answer to a religious question she has and the Master drills down even harder. In verses 21-24 He tells her to basically forget all this religious baggage because the time has come when it does not matter what you are called or where you worship. What matters is your interior life before God. In terms that relate to each of our conditions The Master is saying your identity in the culture and what and who you identify with is not the deal. The deal is your identity must be in me and when that is true your following of me and the living water I give can take place anywhere. The only requirement is that it must come out of the true narrative about me that flows from your mind to your heart. The true narrative you receive from the elements of my living water which are found in the Bible and through our conversations with the Master by way of His Holy Spirit.The water that never runs out.
In verses 25-26 the woman still prone to push back saying basically this is all a little too much for me but I do know someday the real deal will show up who will give me everything I need. The Master responds that day is here I am HE. No further waiting is necessary.
Just at the most opportune time, verses 27-30 the folks like us, who had decided to hang with Jesus, warts and all show up and see Jesus hanging out with an outcast. Their non verbal behavior was readily apparent to the woman and she took the hint and left. Skeptic has this happened to you?” Have you at one time tried to come close to the Master and the religious looked upon you as lost and an outcast and ran you off from Jesus? In response may I remind you of the words of the Master in this passage- what you are called and where you attempt to follow the Master does not matter. You can right now ask Him to be your Master, Teacher, Lord and Savior telling him to take your junk and to make you new as His apprentice.
Lastly let’s look at the woman’s closing remarks to her peeps,“Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out. Can you say that about any influencer or teacher you attempted to follow for change in your interior life? That one is easy and closes my cases totally in regard to one true Master and Teacher Jesus. ABSOLUTELY NOT!
This leads to another truth, it is impossible for someone to love you if they do not truly know you. Skeptic regardless of where you want Jesus to be in your life you cannot escape one glaring fact. He truly knows you and truly loves you! When you discount Him to be who He says He is he still truly knows you and loves you. When you ridicule Him, He still truly knows you and still loves you.
“You don’t have to wait any longer or wait any further.”