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Journey Journal: Days 120-122

Day 120: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

After work, I headed home and Bryan and I made a dinner of omelets and veggies. Then my friend Emily (my cousin’s girlfriend) came over to say her “see-you-later”s before she graduates from college on Friday and moves away. It was a really good chat. I will miss our regular Sunday afternoon chats with my English-major, coffee buddy.

Day 121: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Started the morning with coffee and Gospel conversation with my good friend Diana. Then headed to work for the day. After work, I stopped by Goga and caught up with my friend Leigh! Then I swung through Chik-fil-a for a quick bite before Shepherding Group.

We discussed Pastor Brooks’ Sunday morning sermon “Thirsty for Something More” from John 4. It reminded me of the wonderful, old hymn “Satisfied” (WORDS: Clara T. Williams, MUSIC: Ralph E. Hudson, c. 1875):

“All my life long I had panted
for a drink from some cool spring
that I hoped would quench the burning
of the thirst I felt within.

“Hallelujah! I have found him
whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings;
through his blood I now am saved.

“Well of water ever springing,
…my Redeemer is to me.”

I’ve been meditating on this a lot this week. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life: home, family, work, church, ministry, etc. When it comes to the Christian life, it often seems easier to get in a rut of “second hand” knowledge–listening to sermons, discussing Christian books, debating theology, listening to good music, etc. And even though all of these things are good, there will not be true satisfaction until our relationship with Christ is direct and personal–there is a definite need for slowing down, meditating, and building a one-on-one relationship with God. It’s not always easy (especially with the inundation of social media, active social lives, and information overload), but maybe it’s not meant to be easy. This is my prayer–that I will learn to “be still and know” God.

Day 122: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Got a late start this morning, so I stopped by Chik-fil-a for a breakfast burrito on my way to work. Lunch was multi-grain tortilla chips, roasted red pepper hummus, cucumber slices and pepper strips. Busy, long, and productive day at the office–I don’t mind long days when they’re productive like this! Around 5 p.m., I left work briefly for a walk and stopped by Publix to pick up some dinner (since Bryan was going out with the guys tonight). Headed back to work and heated up some Birds Eye Steamfresh Lightly Sauced Rigatoni & Vegetables with Tomato Parmesan Sauce. For $1.18 (50% off at Publix on Wade Hampton this week), it was a perfect dinner! Finished up some work, vacuumed, and headed home around 8:30 p.m.

Special Services at Heritage Bible with Chris Anderson: I Am The Samaritan Woman, Pt. IV

Part Four: Christ Turns Worshipers Into Missionaries –           John 4:27-42

Song Service: By Faith; There Is A Fountain; The Gospel Song; Hallelujah! What A Savior!; O Church, Arise!

A sinner was satisfied and saved, and now she shares: “Come, see.”

I. A Lesson from a Jar – In v. 28, the woman is so excited to tell her friends and acquaintances of Jesus that she leaves her water jar at the well and runs back to the village. The Gospel is life changing! She was satisfied to overflowing with the spiritual water of Jesus that she forgot her physical thirst in light of telling others. This living water not only quenches the immediate spiritual thirst, but it wells up like a spring and is uncontainable (v.14). Despite her lack of theological understanding, she was unafraid to share what she knew! Sometimes the methodology clouds the spontaneity and joy of Jesus. Hers was not forced or coerced, but genuine delight. In one sense, she was a satisfied customer; and satisfied customers love to share their good experiences with others.

II. A Lesson from a Lunch – The disciples came back from their lunch and were unimpressed by Jesus’ conversation with the woman. They seemed urgent that Jesus needed to eat. Jesus’ response was, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” The disciples wondered if someone had given him a lunch already. They didn’t get what He was really saying. “My food is to do the will of Him that sent me & to do His work.” The disciples were concerned/obsessed with the physical and clueless/oblivious to the spiritual, potentially because of a historical prejudice. Christ, on the other hand, was so obsessed with the spiritual that he wasn’t even hungry at the time. Good food is a delight, as long as it does not become our god, our ruling appetite (See Phil. 3:19). It was Christ’s delight and great joy to see sinners come to salvation. David Hosaflook refers to this type of missionary as a “passion-ary,” one who finds fulfillment in talking about Jesus.

III. A Lesson from a Farm – Christ says, “Look!” You don’t need to wait for harvest time; it IS harvest time! (v.35) We will rejoice and delight together, both among laborers here and saints in heaven. One sows, another reaps. We don’t just observe the work; we participate – every Christian is sent into the field. Basically, he’s saying, “Guys, put down your stupid lunch boxes and look up! Look around you! A whole town of people are rushing towards us, ready to hear and learn and receive the Gospel!” There is an overwhelming need and a hopefulness (e.g., Dispatches from the Front DVDs). There will be a harvest! A former farmer and missionary to Cameroon, Tom Needham says that there is always a harvest. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s hard; sometimes you’re discouraged because of bad weather or broken equipment; sometimes you want to quit early; sometimes the harvest is great and sometimes it’s small; but there IS a harvest EVERY year. If we participate, there is great joy! (v. 36)

IV. A Lesson from a Village – The Jews, Jesus’ own people, chased him away; yet the Samaritans welcomed him to teach them. Many more believed (v.41). “This is indeed the Savior OF THE WORLD,” not just the Jews or the Samaritans, but the whole world. Good things happen when you speak of Jesus. You don’t have to know a lot. He’ll do it!! The Gospel is universal in its appeal and effect. God is still mighty to save!

Conclusion: Christ is Worthy! Revelation 5:6-14 talks about the imagery of a slain Lamb with seven horns and seven eyes, seven representing perfection (or all), the horns representing power and the eyes wisdom; He is all powerful and all wise. Worthy is the Lamb! And every creature in heaven and earth and under the earth and in the sea declared his “blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever! …And the elders fell down and worshipped.”

We are Samaritan women — Samaritan women reaching Samaritan women for the glory of God. And one day we will all bow down and worship in heaven the Worthy One, who is Jesus.

Special Services at Heritage Bible with Chris Anderson: I Am The Samaritan Woman, Part III

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!

Special Services at Heritage Bible with Chris Anderson: I Am The Samaritan Woman, Part I and II

Each year our church, Heritage Bible Church, does a special services week around this time of year (times and directions on the website). This year’s guest speaker is pastor, author and songwriter, Chris Anderson. There are two sermons left, and already, it’s been amazing! The series is “I am the Samaritan Woman” from John 4.

Part One: Christ Seeks Sinners –  John 4:1-9

Song Service: O For a Thousand Tongues; We Will Glorify; Be Still My Soul/It Is Well with My Soul medley; His Robes for Mine (by Chris Anderson); God of Grace; I Will Glory in My Redeemer.

I. Divine Appointment/Pursuit – Jesus and the disciples were going from Judea to Galilee. Most Jews would go around the region of Samaria, rather than go through it (Samaria was considered a social and religious mix breed and looked down upon by the Jews of the day). Jesus, however, says he “had to pass through Samaria.” He didn’t have a time constraint to get to Galilee by a certain time (he took several days in Samaria to teach the people). He could’ve gone around the area, as was the status quo. But instead, he says he “had to pass through Samaria.” He takes the initiative. The Samaritans were unclaimed, unwanted, hated. Then there was this woman – she was the not just a Samaritan, she was the hated of the hated, the worst of the worst, in the standard of the day. And Jesus – deity – took upon himself flesh – became human – understood what it meant to be weary, thirsty, and sweaty – acquainted himself with every feeling we have – in order to be our Savior. (see Luke 19:10)

II. Relentless Love, v.7-9 – Jesus is never too weary to pursue one who is lost; never too tired to do good to a soul; never too proud to talk with a socially despised and rejected person. John 4 is a microcosm of what God is doing in the world, which started in the Garden of Eden.

Application: Kindness is disarming. Be attentive. Intentionally invest in people. Jesus crossed social, intellectual, moral, physical, gender, religious, ethnic/political (and at other times medical) boundaries to save a sinner and make her a trophy of His grace. We are called to do the same. So stop texting. Look up and into eyes. Engage people for Christ. Care about people. Pray. Tell them about Jesus – the “omni-gracious” God.

Conclusion: There is no one too holy to need the gospel (John 3: Nicodemus, the Pharisee); there is no one too lowly to receive the gospel (John 4: The Samaritan Woman). I am the Pharisee; and I am the Samaritan Woman. We are all a mess; and Jesus is a great Savior!

Part Two: Christ Satisfies Sinners – John 4:10-18

Song Service: Come, Thou Fount; O, To See the Dawn (The Power of the Cross); Speak, O Lord; In Christ Alone.

True Thirst results in dehydration, agony, and eventually death. A culture of grace means that everyone is more aware of his own sins than others’ sins, and everyone is more aware of God’s grace than of his own sin.

John 2:23-25 – God knows every one of us. John 3: He knew Nicodemus. John 4: He knew the Samaritan woman. v.10 – “If you knew…”: if only you knew who Christ was and what you were missing! There’s a free gift available: living water!

John 4:15 – The Samaritan woman is interested in this gift. She wants it. G.Campbell Morgan says her wanting it is “a sigh – a sob of discontented, disappointed thirst.” She didn’t fully understand her need yet. She’s evasive. Jesus points out her sin with gracious severity! The One bringing up the sin was the One who dies for those sins. He shows her her guilt so He can show her His grace.

She’s not just guilty; she’s needy. She needs forgiveness AND fulfillment. Christ exposes her history (5 divorces), her sin (currently living with man who’s not her husband), and her dissatisfaction (she’d been used and discarded multiple times). She’s thirsty. Spiritual thirst needs spiritual water. And His spiritual water (salvation) is cleansing AND thirst-quenching! Christ can meet the need immediately – now – and eternally. But salvation is not just for death! Don’t miss the present, enduring, eternal joy and satisfaction of Jesus. (see John 7:37-39)

Application: Why live your life thirsty and go into eternity thirsty? What are you waiting for? Jesus satisfies you now! There is more pleasure in Jesus than anything. Compare Psalm 103:5 with Ecclesiastes.

Conclusion: St. Augustine wrote, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.” And John Piper said, “I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term than to gain a distaste for it, because of a superior satisfaction in God.” (See Isaiah 55; Jeremiah 2:13)