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.