John 4:1-38

Wow. Talk about a section that could use a whole commentary to describe it! I’ll try to be brief:

  • This is a significant place in Jewish history. This land was not only owned by Jacob, it was given to Joseph and he was buried there (Joshua 24:32).
  • That Jesus is willing to talk to a Samaritan woman tells us something about how we should be willing to reach out. He crossed barriers (27)!
  • Jesus initiates a conversation so that he can share the gospel.
  • We see the issue of confusion again, like with Nicodemus. Jesus is talking about salvation when he talks about living water. The woman thinks that He is talking about moving water!
  • Jesus shares that salvation is a gift that can only come through Him (14).
  • Jesus wants her to understand who He is, so He asks her a question that leads to Him revealing His divine knowledge.
  • The woman finally begins to think spiritually, and asks Him the most important question of the time: “Who is right about where the temple belongs and where we should worship? Jews or Samaritans?”
  • Jesus tells her that the Jews are right, since salvation is coming through them. But she is really asking the wrong question. It’s not where you should worship, but who you should worship!
  • Worshiping in spirit and in truth is worshiping Jesus! The Spirit reveals Jesus, who is the truth. He is the Messiah!
  • The woman runs to get others, seemingly not yet convinced. Perhaps she wants to find out what others think?
  • Jesus reminds the disciples and us how important outreach is, and that it’s a group effort (36-38). We all have a part to play, and one isn’t more important than the other.

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow. So neither the one who plants counts for anything, nor the one who waters, but God who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, but each will receive his reward according to his work.”

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