Part Three: Christ Turns Sinners into Worshipers – John 4:19-26
Song Service: I Will Glory in My Redeemer; What Wondrous Love Is This; Amazing Grace; How Deep the Father’s Love For Us; All, Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.
Jesus talks about living water, sinful history, desperate need, then…worship?! Wow. That was random. Worship? How does that fit? Here’s how:
I. Worship must be according to Scripture, not tradition. (See Malachi 1:11) Judaism started out right in worship and people messed it up with hypocrisy and pride.
II. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. John 1:14, “The Word became flesh (human) and dwelt (tabernacled) among us.”John 14:6, “No one comes through the Father but through Me [Jesus].” Sacrifice was not the pictures we see on Sunday School flannel graph boards with a lamb and a little trickle of blood coming from it’s neck. It was a bloody mess: priests would splash the altar with buckets of blood, and at Passover, over a quarter of a million sacrifices were being made!
III. Jesus replaces the Jewish Temple. “The hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.” Something else is on the horizon…Jesus! John 2:19-22 – The new temple is Jesus’ body. The temple was where God was approached by sinners and where God’s wrath was appeased. David grieved over being exiled because he couldn’t freely go to the temple.
In Genesis 3, the original fall of man occurred. Rebelling sinners don’t seek God; they run from Him. Adam and Eve hid themselves. God sought them out and He’s been seeking sinners ever since. The Garden of Eden was a sanctuary of communion with God (the original holy of holies). Sin broke the fellowship between God and man and cherubim with swords were placed at the entrance of the garden representing the broken communion. Exodus 26 describes the tabernacle. It was the new sanctuary of communion with God. In Matthew 27, at Christ’s crucifixion, Christ replaced the temple. The curtain was torn in two, as Jesus’ body was torn for sin (v.51). The greatest benefit we have is access to the throne of God – the holy of holies. (See I Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10:3-25, esp. v. 12 & 22; Romans 5:2)
William Cowper wrote, “Jesus, where’re Thy people meet, There they behold Thy mercy seat; Where’er they seek Thee Thou art found, And every place is hallowed ground.”
Conclusion: John 4:23, “The Father is seeking such people to worship him.” This is the great plot of history. He is purposefully, intentionally seeking sinners. Where does He find people to worship Him? Are they willing and ready? No. They’re rebels. We’re rebels. Strays. He doesn’t find them. He makes them. He makes them out of Samaritan women – sinners like you and me – thru the salvation in Jesus alone. Amen and Amen!
Looking forward to the fourth and final message in the series tomorrow night at 7PM – Christ Turns Worshipers Into Missionaries!