“The Well of Eternal Life”
John 4:1-15 Key word: “Thirst” Rev. Dr. Scott T. Arnold
2/23/2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 8: “Sojourning with King Jesus“
Introduction: Spiritual Thirst for something that will last.
A. Shallow popularity was not Jesus’ pursuit. John 4:1-3. 1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John — 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
B. Blindness and Alienation (John 4:4-6) 4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
C. Well water or the Living Water (John 4:7-14)
- Jesus bridges barriers. (7-10) 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
- Jesus receives our questions (11-12) 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”.
- Jesus is the answer to our spiritual thirst (13-14) 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
D. Believing and Receiving the Living Water (John 4:17) 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Key Point: There is new life, born of the Holy Spirit of God for all who believe in Jesus Christ. Only Jesus’ ministry of pouring out God’s love into your heart will bring the joy and satisfaction for your soul. This is not a momentary happiness, but an eternal joy that springs forth forevermore upon the leap of a soul to believe in Jesus Christ.
- What are the names of different beverages that people drink? What are the images and ideas they try to portray? (Ex. Mountain Dew, Aquafina…)
- What are the “wells” people go to today? How do these wells give temporary satisfaction? What do advertisers do to keep people coming back?
- Why was it important that Jesus needed to break down the cultural assumptions of the woman who went to Jacob’s well? Was it risky for her to talk to Jesus? Was it risky for Jesus to talk to her?
- What did Jesus accomplish by allowing her to rattle off a series of questions before He responded?
- How does Jesus use the moment of thirst as a teachable moment to introduce His ministry of salvation?
- Why did the woman believe Jesus? Did she seem to comprehend that this was a providential moment?
- How often do we discover God at work in our day to day moments of waiting, resting, being in public?