He Had to Meet You | Gospel of John Sermon Series

Let’s read John 4:1-12

When Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard he was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself was not baptizing, but his disciples were), 3 he left Judea and went again to Galilee. 4 He had to travel through Samaria; 5 so he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph.6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from his journey, sat down at the well. It was about noon.

7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. “Give me a drink,” Jesus said to her, 8 because his disciples had gone into town to buy food.

9 “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked him. For Jews do not associate with[d] Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask him, and he would give you living water.”

11 “Sir,” said the woman, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”

Point 1 – Jesus is on a mission to meet us.

In Jesus’ time water that moved, springs of water as opposed to cisterns or wells, were far superior sources of water. They did not need to be dug out: work on man’s part was not required. They did not get stale, or filled with bacteria and growth. They did not run dry like a cistern and needed to be constantly refilled. They were referred to as living water, a good gift from a good God, that provided fresh water at all times, filled with minerals that came up from the earth and satisfied the body. This is what Jesus was saying of Himself when he met the woman at the well.

Noon is not when one normally goes to draw water (vs.6). It was too hot. This woman came to the well at this time to avoid all of the other people who would be at the well at dusk. She was tired and ashamed and didn’t want to feel the judgment of those around her. Have you ever felt like that before?

She was also a woman from Samaria. The Jews disliked the Samaritans so much that they would create a plan to go around it rather than go through it. Jesus positioned Himself to be directly in her path when she needed Him most. She was not an inconvenience to Him. Jesus was offering Himself to this woman who had been used by several other people and had nothing left to offer anyone.

Jesus is letting the woman know that He is willing to come to her. He wants to meet her where she is. He is going to do the work she needs to have the “living water” that she needs to refresh her soul and make her alive. She is not required to work, and strive for this water. This water will not run dry. And unlike the water that the well provided, it would bring healing to her weary and broken body and spirit.

Questions for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection

  1. Where is your Samaria? What places or people do you regularly avoid that God may be calling you to reach and interact with for Christ?
  2. In light of the fact that shame is a lie the enemy uses to keep us from Christ, how do you feel about going to Christ and accepting the Living Water He offers when you have done something you regret or are not proud of?
  3. Have you ever felt like an inconvenience to God? What do you think makes you feel that way?

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