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Daily Bread for November 11

Hungry for All Truth

John 4:25-42

Preaching Notes

John 4:25-42

25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”

27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”

28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”

34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 

37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 

38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 

40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word.

42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

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I.  Samaritan Woman View of Jesus 

Enemy – Foolish – Unaware

Intriguing – Accepting – Prophet

Messianic

She went from being

Hostile – Engaged – Witness

II.  Jesus offered her grace and then Truth

Grace was His welcome

Truth was His unveiling

Grace paid the debt

wiped away the guilt

erased the shame

softened the heart, and

opened the mind

to receive The Truth in faith

This led to her return to town to be a witness for Jesus

She went and told others

They saw and her something different

They came to Jesus

They believed, initially, because of her word

They came to full faith

Because they heard Jesus’ Word,

The Truth

III.  Meanwhile – The Disciples

Returned from “Food Run” into town

Culver’s and Starbucks

Serving the picnic

Concerned that Jesus was not eating

Concerned the Lamb of God

… Was not eating well

Concern became speculation

Had someone beat them to the punch

And brought Jesus a “Happy Meal”

In stories, we are usually the Disciples

They were concerned about insignificant worldly things

While …

Samaritan Woman was off witnessing about Jesus

Jesus talks to them about

The harvest, sowing, and reaping

They are indulging in worldly concerns

Missing the call to call others to faith

So true in today’s church

We worry, fret, gripe, complain about insignificant things

While Jesus calls us

to bear witness

And => others to faith

We know The Truth

But continue to dabble in self-indulgent ministry

And ultimately leading people away from God, Jesus

Leading them away from Grace and Truth

IV.  Grace and Truth

Jesus offered Grace AND Truth

John 1:17

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Truth Jesus offered was not The Law

Not legalism

That came through Moses

The Truth Jesus offered

Was Himself, God, The Holy Spirit,

Grace and salvation

Which =>

forgiveness of sins,

which the woman and all of us desperately need

Eternal life

Which the woman and all of us desperately desire

John 14:6

Jesus said to him,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me.

Romans 1:16–17

The gospel is the power of God

for salvation to everyone who believes,

to the Jew first

(including the Samaritan)

and also to the Greek

(the whole world ….

Not just disciples on a picnic)

For in the Truth of the Gospel

the righteousness of God is revealed

from faith for faith, as it is written,

“The righteous shall live by faith.”

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