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I was blind, but now I see 4/03/2011
Text: John 9:1-41
This is the third sermon in a row from John's Gospel, all of which involve encounters of people with Jesus, meetings which have differences and similarities. Nicodemus came to Jesus, the woman came to Jesus, and today Jesus comes to the blind man. He comes to the blind man to reveal Himself to him. Today's text from the ninth chapter of John's Gospel is about a man who was born blind, received his physical sight from Jesus, and then received his spiritual sight from Jesus. That is why Jesus came to this world, in order to give sight to the blind and therefore since He has come, I greet you with the grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I do not know how it is with you, but when I think topic of blindness, I think of people who have had their sight and then lost it. We think of some of the blind people who have been blessed greatly in their blindness and through receiving it and acknowledging it as a gift from God, blessing has been brought to themselves and many others through their ministry.. The names of Louis Braille,(1809-1852) and Helen Keller (1880-1968) come to mind. Louis Braille became blind at 3 years old and Helen Keller became both blind and deaf before she reached the age of 2. They had to learn to see without their eyes and in Helen's case she had to learn to listen with out her hearing. Louis was instrumental in creating the Braille system and Helen utilized that which Louis had begun for her benefit and blessing not only for herself, but for many many others throughout the world.

Our text today actually begins in chapter 8, when Jesus said these words. John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The rest of chapter eight involves a discussion between the Pharisees, the interpreters of that time of who God is according to their understandings of the Scriptures; the Jews, often times and in these chapters adversaries of Jesus, and Jesus, the Light of the world. The Pharisees and the Jews have their way of "seeing" and are not able to accept the revelation of God through Jesus Christ. They think that they see, but it is according to their own traditions and understandings, and not according that which Jesus is revealing to them through his actions and words. They think they see, but they are not seeing.

Chapter nine, which is our text, is an illustration of that which Jesus explained to them in chapter 8:12-59. I would like to go through our text in a different manner today,, for instead of going through the text as it is written, I would ask all of us to imagine that we are the blind man in the story. To help us do that, I would ask as we go through the first part of the story, that we close our eyes as we begin. We will listen to the testimony of the blind man, who received his sight.

"This Sabbath Day started out like any other Sabbath Day for me, as I left my parents home to go sit by the entry to the synagogue to receive the gifts that people dropped in my beggars cup. Because I cannot work, I have had to beg for my living. I have heard the Jews, the Pharisees and other people often discussing the different ideas as to why I was born blind. Most often, I hear them say that it was because of sin. Well, I guess they are right in one way, that all blindness is as a result of the fall of the human race into sin. But for me a heaviness weighs over me because of what people think of me or my parents, for the most part the opinion is held that it was my sin or the sin of my parents that has caused my blindness.

For many years I have struggled with this, wondering why I was born blind. But on a recent Sabbath Day I heard a large crowd of people come near me and as they did, I had the sense that one of them was looking me over.

As he stood over me, I heard one of his followers say, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? I heard the voice of the man who was standing over me say: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be displayed in him.

Wow! He was talking about me, my heart leaped in my throat as for the first time in my life I heard someone speak to my condition in a positive manner, and not just talking about me as if I was just a useless thing sitting on the ground. Maybe my life was not just an pointless existence, for the voice was talking in an authoritive but yet gentle manner and it was speaking about me to me. It was saying that through my blindness God was going to show Himself. While I am trying to take this all in, I heard the voice say more.

4 "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

As I was sitting there on the ground on the Sabbath Day with my beggars cup, wondering what these words meant for me, I heard someone spit on the ground and mix it together with some mud. The next thing I knew I was feeling mud being placed over my sightless eyes, eyes that had never seen light.. The gentle voice spoke to me again: "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" . So I did as I was told, going away from Him. I went and washed, and then wow!!!I (Open their eyes) I began to see for the first time in my life!! It was so bright at first, I saw for the first time only things that I had imagined before. I saw people instead of only hearing voices, and what they looked like, I saw bright colors of the green leaves on the trees, I saw the blue sky, "I could see" I shouted, I can see, I can see, I can see."

I heard the neighbors and those who had seen me before as a beggar say, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?" Then I heard some say, "It is he." I heard others say,, "No, but he is like him." But I told them "I am the man."

Then they asked me: "Then how were your eyes opened?" I answered to them "A man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed and received my sight."

They said to me, "Where is he?" I said, "I do not know."

Then I was brought to the Pharisees,(the interpreters of Scripture) who asked me again how I had received my sight. It had been on the Sabbath Day that I had received my sight when Jesus made the mud and opened my eyes. To their question I replied, "He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see.

They seemed to forget for the moment about the miracle that I was able to see, they were not sharing in my joy, and they started to have differences over as to who this this man who I knew as Jesus was. Some of the Pharisees said, This man is not of God, because he does not keep the Sabbath day. I heard others say, "How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?

Then they turned to me again saying, "What do you say about him, since he opened your eyes?" I told them, "He is a prophet."

The Jews did not believe me when I told them that I had been blind and had received my sight, so they called for my parents and they asked them some questions, three actually.

1." Is this your son? "

2. Do you say he was born blind?"

3. "How then does he see?"

I listened as my parents gave answer to first two questions:

1." We know that this is our son"

2."He was born blind."

3. To the third question, I heard them say, "But how he now sees, we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. You should ask him, for he is of age and he will speak for himself."

As I listened to my parents answer the third question, it seemed like they were kind of guarded in their answer, maybe it was because the Jews had made it known that anyone who confessed Jesus to be Christ would be put out of the synogogue. Were they afraid?

Again the Jews turned to me and told me, "Give God the glory" "Tell the truth" "We know that this man is a sinner."

I answered them back: "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."

They asked me again: "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

I said "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?"

When I said this, they got mad at me, they cursed me, hurled insults at me and spoke evil of me, saying, "You are his follower, his disciple, but we are Moses' followers/disciples." We know that God spoke to Moses: as for this fellow, we don't know where he comes from."

I responded to this statement: "Why, this is an amazing thing, you leaders do not know where he comes from, and yet he has opened my eyes." Now we know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing."

They answered: "You were altogether born in sins and you are teaching us?" The next thing I knew was that I was being cast out of the synagogue.

It was there that the man I who was called Jesus came to find me, for he had heard that I was cast out of the synogogue. It was the first time that I had seen him with my physical eyes, He did not look any different than other Jewish Rabbis, He asked me a question:

"Do you believe in the Son of man?" It was that same gentle voice that I had heard when I was yet blind.

I answered: " Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?"

He said unto me: "You have seen him and it is he who is speaking to you."

I said, "I believe, and I fell at his feet in worship."

Then I heard Jesus say, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see and those who see may become blind."

As I was listening to this some of the Pharisees who were near Jesus said to him. "Are we also blind?"
And it seemed like they were saying it in this way, "We are not blind, are we?"

To which Jesus replied, "If ye were blind, you would have no sin, but now ye say, We see, therefore your sin remains."

I was blind, but now I see. (End of blind man's testimony)

He not only received his physical sight, but he received spiritual sight. He now could see Jesus as the revelation of God and His will. He now was united to Jesus by faith, because He took God at His Word.

In application, let us consider a few references as we think on how this sermon relates to our lives.

Jesus spoke of his mission in Luke's Gospel
KJV Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

We recall that Jesus spoke of "seeing" in the 3rd chapter of John to Nicodemus.
KJV John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Later in this Gospel we encounter some Greeks who had a desire to see Jesus.
KJV John 12:21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
KJV John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
KJV John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
KJV John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

This same mission is given to us who have become blind in order that we might see, as the Apostle outlined his mission in the book of Acts when he gave testimony.
KJV Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Finallly, this reference shows us that when we are spiritually blind, we are not seeing that which God has done for us through Jesus Christ. Here we see the link of spiritual blindness and unbelief.
KJV 2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
KJV 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

We must become blind to our way of looking at things so that we may see God's grace and truth as revealed through His Son in the Word by the enlightening and illuminating power of the Holy Spirit.

I was blind, but now I see. Consider the young boy with fetal alcohol syndrome who "sees", and even though he struggles with life in many areas, he truly sees as God sees. His father told me that when they went to the zoo, in order to keep from losing his children in the crowds, he put bright orange vests on them. As they were going through the zoo, his young son spotted a group of colored people with the same bright orange vests on. His boy told his father, "That is real cool, dad, now how are you going to tell us apart from the others?" He could see, he could see as God sees.

As I thought on this sermon, one of the blind persons with whom I have had the privilege to know in my life came to mind. She is Connie Bramble, the former Connie Johnson, daughter a Kingston native, Pastor Rodney Johnson. Connie lost her sight, I believe when she was around 20 years old. I spoke with her a few days ago and she gave me the okay to share that which relates to our sermon today.

"I never think about myself in terms of blindness, I am incredibly blessed, I am not handicapped, but handicapable. Being blind has blessed me in so many ways. I look on the heart when I relate to people for I have no ability to judge according to outward appearance.. I met a man at the Braille school, got to know him and after a month can you imagine my surprise when I found out that he was colored? Through the losing of my sight, I have been granted the ability to better see as God sees.. Life is good, God is great and He enables."

Connie through her physical blindness received much greater sight than any doctor can give. She received a greater vision from the Great Physician and therefore God continues to be glorified through her life and others are blessed as a resulf of her being blessed.

KJV John 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

Thank you, Lord, that you gave us true sight through your death and resurrection. Thank you for revealing Yourself to us so that we would come to the place where we could not see anyway out of our mess but through You. Thank you for bringing light into our hearts so that conviction of sin occurred and thank you for giving us the grace to come into the light. May your light of grace continue to shine into our world so that many will be made blind so that they may truly see.

Thank you for those who work a labor of love with the Gideons, so that your Word, which is a light unto our pathway, may reach those who are yet in darkness, but believe that they see.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be upon us all. Amen.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 03 Apr 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Jesus, The Artesian Well 3/29/2011

Last Sunday we looked at Jesus method of revealing himself to Nicodemus, a chief ruler in the Jewish goverment. Today we look an entirely different, but yet similar situation than we considered last Sunday.

Some of the differences between the two encounters: He is a man, she is a woman, He is a Jew, She is a Samaritan, He has a name, she does not, He is a high religious official, she is an outcast of the Jewish society. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, she came to Him in the noon of the day, when it was hot.

And the similarities between the two: Jesus created them, He loves them, He has redeemed both of them, and He wants to reveal Himself to them as the Living Water, which springs up unto eternal life.

Water is essential to life, the vast majority of the earth's surface is covered with water, the human body is largely water. There is good water and there is bad water. We get thirsty and need to drink liquids, but there is no greater thirst quencher than water.

Before approaching this text, it is good to establish from the Scripture of the symbolism that links physical thirst and the spiritual thirst together, a thirst that throughout the Scriptures identifies the need for spiritual thirst to be satisfied by the Living Water, which can only be provided by Jesus Christ, the Rock from which the Living Water flowed and yet does flow.

First we will look at the first mention of water in the Scriptures and the last mention, which are in the first book fo the Bible and the last book of the Bible.
KJV Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
KJV Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

KJV Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

The Old Testament Reading for today is from Exodus 17:1-7 and it is about thirst and it is about the Thirst Quencher, Jesus Christ.

KJV Exodus 17:1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
5 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go.
6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7 And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, Is the LORD among us, or not?

A little comment on this Scripture: Can we not see the metaphorical sense of the water that is thirsted for and which the LORD provided from the rock? Here we already see the grace of Christ being freely and abundantly provided for the hot and thirsty travelers and the tried leader, Moses. I think so.

Isaiah called upon His people to "come to the waters" Here is the what he wrote: .

ESV Isaiah 55:1 "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Jeremiah wrote of how the LORD said that his people had settled for water that was not the Living Water.
KJV Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water

And finally we see how Apostle Paul later wrote of the link between the spiritual drink and the physical drink, which refers back to our Old Testament Scripture Reading from Exodus 17:1-7.
ESV 1 Corinthians 10:1 I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,
2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
3 and all ate the same spiritual food,
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.

Our sermon today is about a nameless woman who went to fetch water in the middle of the day when it was hot, bumped into Jesus at a well, talked with him for awhile, came to know and experience His grace and forgiveness, and as a result of the Living Water that began to flow out of her, initiated a revival in her village. Prayerfully let us consider this face to face meeting with that Jesus had with her.

The Setting for the appointment. (1-6)
KJV John 4:1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

This was no ordinary well, for it had provided clear and good water for many many years, it was around 100 feet deep, had a rock wall casing around it, and was somewhat considered a sacred place due to its historical significance. He was hot and tired, in His humanity He needed a drink. Women usually came for water either in the early morning or late evening, due to the extreme heat in the middle of the day. She came alone in the middle of the day most likely because she was an outcast even from women and at the middle of the day there would be very little chance that anyone would be there at Jacob's Well.

The Encounter and the Ensuing Discussion (7-25)
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

The woman has a question for Jesus
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
It was not acceptable culturally for a Jewish man to speak to a woman in public in those days, not even one's wife. There was a long standing separation of hostility between the Jews and the Samaritan, as she points out here.

Jesus does not answer the question, but reveals that which He wants her to come to know, speaking spiritually.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Jesus gets right to the point of why He is talking with her,:He wants to reveal His heart of grace and truth to her. He is saying, "If you could see what is real living and relationship, you would be falling all over yourself in asking me for it, for you would become hungry and thirsty for righteousness."

She thinks naturally, asking Him another question, drawing back on OT history.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
She knows that this well that they are sitting on is good water, most likely the best water around and how is this man going to give her any better water? People have been getting water from this well for many many years. To say that he could provide better water would amount to Himself saying that He is greater than Jacob.

Jesus points out that this natural water needs to be drunk again and again, and contrasts it with the Living Water which is like is a continual and satisfying thirst quencher. Not only will it quench the thirst, but it will be as a perpetual spring of water.
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Later in his Gospel, John writes this, and in so doing links natural water with the Holy Spirit.
John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'"
39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The woman, yet thinking naturally, asks for this water which will satisfy her thirst and will allow her never to return to the well again.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

At this point, Jesus tells her to go call her husband and come back with him.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

She responds honestly and truthfully, to which Jesus commends her, and she knows that He has knowledge of her past life.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

Until now she knew this man only as a man, but as a result of this exchange, she now sees this man in a different light than any other man she had known. We have indications of her lifestyle, as she went to the well in the heat of the day, she went alone, when most likely no one would be there. Tradition tells us that she was ostracized, or separated from other women. We do not know about her previous five husbands, for they could have died, but the one she was living with now was not her husband.

She was was not married to this man, according to the words of Jesus. We know that women did not have many rights as far as divorce in this time, and often would be set aside by a man as the reasons for divorce during this time were against the woman and were often pretty fickle and lame. If she burned the toast, if he found someone more beautiful, and so on. She could have been cast aside by 5 husbands, or they could have died, but it seems as if she was looking for a meaningful relationship in a sinful relationship which was not according to the will of God. Let us remember that Jesus from the get go wanted to reveal grace and truth to her through Himself. She was at a critical point in her life.

But note that Jesus did not directly speak to her about what she was doing, but He by calling her to go get her husband invited her to look within her own heart and life, and to her blessing, she answered truthfully. She saw herself as she really was from God's point of view.

To this revelation she said next:
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

How did she attribute this ability of this man to know about her life with him being a prophet. In the Gospel of Luke it is written:
Luke 7:36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table.
37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,
38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner."

There apparently was an understanding the prophets had the ability to see into the lives of people, but whether it was inside the heart is not clear. She could have thought, well, He knows about my outward life, for that is evident to all. So her understanding of him went up a notch, for now he is more than any other man that I have ever known, this man is a prophet. But by her words in verse 29, we know that at some point she knew that this "prophet" knew more than just outward things, for by own words, she knew that he could see into her entire life. We.know the no human being is able to see into another's heart, for only Jesus was able to do that being God Himself. He is the Word and as the Incarnate Word today that dwells among us and in us, He ministers through the Word as we hear it and read it. The Word and Spirit alone are able to bring conviction of sin, repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.

Two foundational Scriptures references which speak to the working of the Word are as follows, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New Testament.
Isaiah 55:6 "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Repentance from sin or Changing the subject?
Various thoughts have been considered as to why she now begin to speak of the place of worship: Did she try to change the subject, was she earnestly inquiring as to how does she deal with her sin, or was she trying to be a "theologian?" Under conviction of sin, she could have wanted to divert the the discussion, or in referring to the place of worship, she could have been inquiring as to where she needed to go offer her sacrifice for her sin. She enters into a discussion of worship with the "prophet."

Where is the proper place of worship? Did she think, Isn't that significant?
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Jesus says that it is no longer the place that is significant and even though salvation came through the Jews, a change is imminent as to how worship is to be done. From now on true worship is in spirit and in truth. It is a worship of the heart which is based upon the right knowledge of God.
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Jesus tells her that she "must" worship God in spirit and in truth.
"Must": Do we like this word? Jesus is not afraid of using that word and as we have followed John's Gospel to this point, we have noticed that Jesus has given two "musts" previous to the one we find in verse 24. Here they are, along with verse 24 of our text.
KJV John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
KJV John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
KJV John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The woman continues on, sharing her knowledge of the Samaritan understanding that the Messiah was to come....
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

Jesus, spoke directly of Himself, saying: "I am He"
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. We wonder, did she understand the significance of this statement, which links what Jesus says here to how the LORD revealed Himself to Moses many years before after the "burning bush" experience:

Exodus 3:13 Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?"
14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

Meanwhile the disciples return and are greatly perplexed as to what is going on.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

She now knows Him as the Messiah, as the Christ, her saviour, she leaves her water pot, goes to the men of the village, which is against culture. (to go speak to the men) She met an ordinary man at the well, who went from an ordinary man to a prophet and then to the Messiah, the Christ, the Saviour of her soul. Let us consider the effect these revelations had upon her....

28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

Again, back with Jesus and his disciples)

Jesus hungers/thirsts for souls to be united to Him by faith, the disciples do not understand what He is meaning for them to understand.
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

He points to the people coming to Him, again drawing on their natural sight to give them spiritual sight.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

He links the Old Testament prophecies of Himself to the present time.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.:

The effect of Jesus meeting the woman at the well: The chain reaction effect
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his own word;
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Application:Artesian Well
In 1914 a farmer dug a well here east of Buffalo, but it went dry during the drought of the 1930s. In 1938, a road crew nicked a pipe from the well. It started flowing again and has ever since. The bubbling spout of water was named after the local ghost town of Dickinson. That well is located along Hwy 55 east of Buffalo, MN and as far as I know it is still there. It is referred to as an Artesian Well.

An artesian well allows water that has traveled through porous rock from a higher elevation to rise to the surface. This pumpless well seems to defy gravity because the pressure that builds up between layers of rock gets relieved when the water finds a path to the open air. For nearly a thousand years, people have drilled wells to drink this cold, filtered water that doesn't need to be hauled up from the depths.

Jesus is the Artesian Well, who never stops flowing, and through encounters with others, reveals Himself to them, and thus we/they become wells of water springing up/flowing out unto everlasting life toward others. How did He do it?

1. He set Himself in the paths of people., He met them where they were at. Nicodemus was learned, she was not. He referred to the OT withNicodemus, He was more general with the woman. (overall text)

2. He used ordinary and physical things to reveal spiritual truths. (overall text)

3. He patiently truthfully, and yet sensitively revealed Himself,
by inviting her to be honest with her heart and life. (overall text)

4. He stayed on the course, pointing her away from her concept of what worship is to what genuine worship is. (verses 20-24)

5. His satisfaction/you in life was to fulfull the will of His Father in bringing Living Water to the world through His coming to earth to save us (verses 31-38)

6. He stayed with those who were born of the Spirit (at their request) to minister to them and as a result more were born of the Spirit. (verses 39-43)

Lord, we thank you and praise you that you have revealed unto us of your great love and mercy toward us through your Son, by whom our thirst is quenched.

May His grace fill us today and always,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 29 Mar 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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