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The Power to Give Life     John 4:1-15, 25-26       Sept. 29, 2013

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Introduction

       Some people think salvation comes when you are baptized. In John 4:2 of our text it infers Jesus did not baptize people. Interestingly the Bible says Jesus “. . . came to seek and save that which was lost.” If baptism saves and Jesus came to seek and save then; why didn’t Jesus baptize people? Because baptism does not save. Amen? Amen!

 

1.    The Power to Give Life Should Motivate Us to . . Go 4:1-5

       A.   Jesus Led the Way in . . Starting A Going Ministry. 4:1-2

       1 When Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard He was making and baptizing more disciples than John

       2 (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),

 

       B.   Jesus Led the Way in . . Sustaining A Going Ministry. 4:2-5

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.


       Because we have the knowledge and experience of salvation we should follow Jesus’ example and initiate His witnessing encounters. Jesus deliberately went into Samaria . The KJV says, “and He must needs go through Samaria.” Why? This woman needed a witness. Jesus started where the woman was and asked her for water. It was not a custom for a man to speak like that to a woman. But Jesus did it. Today we may need to set aside customs in order to get to talk with someone. We have a message more important than customs. Perhaps we may need to wait for the right time. Jesus knew the time was right and we will do a better job of timing when we follow the Lord and listen to the Spirit. The lady certainly applauded the results of the Lord’s action.

 

2.    The Power to Give Life Should Motivate Us to . . Engage. 4:6-9

       A.   Jesus Led the Way in Deliberately . . Initiating An Engaging Conversation. 4:6-7

       6 Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the

       evening. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. "Give Me a drink," Jesus said to her,

 

       B.   Jesus Led the Way in Deliberately . . Interrogating An Engaging Conversation. 4:8-9

       8 for 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.


       In my pastoral life I have started several witnessing programs. It is harder to keep one going than to start one but I found the FAITH program very good. I think it’s success may be due to it connect to the Sunday School. When I left one church we had 4 teams of three going out every week. After I left they grew to seven teams. I was very proud of that. Jesus started a ministry of going. He personally showed His disciples how to witness and encouraged them. All leaders should lead in the going aspects of the going ministry. Jesus not only started this ministry but He sustained it. As He sent the disciples into town for food and He witnessed to the woman at the well.  

 

3.    The Power to Give Life Should Motivate Us to . . Clarify     4:10-15, 25-26

       A.   Jesus Led the Way to Clarify by Causing . . Curiosity. 4:10-12

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."

 

       B.   Jesus Led the Way to Clarify by Causing . . Craving. 4:13-15

       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—ever! In fact, the

       water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life."

       15 "Sir," the woman said to Him, "give me this water so I won't get thirsty and come here to draw water."

 

       C.   Jesus Led the Way to Clarify by Giving . . Confession. 4:25-26

       25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He

       will explain everything to us."

       26 "I am He," Jesus told her, "the One speaking to you."


       In Christ and through the Holy Spirit we have the power that can give life. Jesus knew how to arouse the curiosity of this woman. She wanted this living water. How was Jesus going to supply this water when He did not even have a bucket. She began to grave this water Jesus talked about for it would eliminate her need to come out alone to draw water. In the course of her talking to Jesus she spoke about the Messiah and Jesusconfessed to her that He was the Messiah. That is an amazing confession and answers how Jesus had the The Power to Give Life. Amen? Amen!