Knollwood London
February 20, 2021
      • Psalms 63.1-3ESV

  • To God All Praise And Glory
  • You Are Good
      • Isaiah 59.12-13ESV

      • Jeremiah 51.10ESV

  • How Deep The Father's Love For Us
      • Romans 5.17ESV

  • Introduction

    › Ever had a great burger?
    It can be so satisfying.
    Problem: Eventually you’ll want another one, or eat another. It only satisfies for a brief moment, then you want another.
    Transition: Every person in the world want to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that will meet our exceptions, needs, and wants.
    So what will truly satisfy the desires of our heart?
    In John 4:1-15 Jesus makes some big statements about how he alone can satisfy, even showing his humanity to us.
    READ John 4:1-15
    PRAY

    Jesus  becomes weary  Vs. 1-6

    Vs 1-2 Jesus is on the move.
    Vs. 3 He goes right through a place called Samaria.
    Maybe you’ve heard of the term “Good Samaritan”. HISTORY OF ASSYRIA
    Vs. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. Samaria as it was the shortest distance from where he was to where he was going.
    He had to go because it was a divine providential appointment as Jesus did the will of his Father. And we see that as he interacts with the Samaritan woman.
    Vs. 5 And he gets to a town in Samara were we see has some deep history. It was even where Jacob had given a well to his favourite son, Joseph.
    Vs. 6 So Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was setting beside the well.
    Did you catch that? Lets go back? What have we learned about Jesus so far in John?
    1:1 “the Word was God”
    1:14 “the Word became flesh…and we have seen his glory”
    1:18 “The only begotten God…has made [the Father] known
    2:11 at Cana … [he] manifested his glory” by turning water to wine
    2:18-21 he declared he would raise the torn down temple in three days
    3:13 he claimed to be the Son of Man who has ascended and descended
    3:31 the Baptist announced him as the one “above all.… who comes from heaven”
    How can Jesus be weary?
    The only explanation is that the fully-God Jesus is also fully man. This is the raw humanity of Jesus as shown in the incarnation. Jesus experienced fatigue and even exhaustion.
    It was about the sixth hour. it was about 12 noon -
    Time in the Middle East
    Application: What does Jesus’ weariness mean for you an me?
    Jesus knows your weariness. Are you tired? Fatigued? Do you feel you can’t go on anymore? As Hebrews 4:15
    Transition: Jesus is not only one who can sympathize with you. Not only is he one that understand your weariness, but he is the only one that can satisfy.

    Jesus  alone can satisfy  Vs. 7-15

    vs 7 Give me a drink Jesus exposes his need, his thirst to this woman who was coming at noon to get water.
    Jesus uses this time to expose his own humanity to minister to this woman.
    Think about how this exposes the heart of Christ. Think about how this shows the humility of Jesus. It is unbelievably humbling to show your need to others.
    I have a hard time asking for help. I often will try to get it done myself.
    BUT, here is the creator of the universe who humbles himself .
    It’s even more humbling to ask a lowly person to meet that need. The holy Christ begged for water from an adulteress. The created Word communicated his need to a defiled creature. Jesus’ wiliness to reveal his need opened a door of ministry.
    Surely, He can reach down to you in the deepest of muck. You are not too dirty for Jesus.
    Jesus would do what was right, no matter the circumstances, even if the circumstances lent themselves to misinterpretations, suggesting he might be in the wrong (cf. v. 27). So often people see the right they should do, recognize it could be misinterpreted, and allow fear to prevail over courage. One aspect of Jesus’ greatness of character is that fear of man never prevailed over what virtue prompted him to do. Something we need to think about as we enter into a very different world than what we are use to.
    Vs. 9 The surprise is not that Jesus would speak with a Samaritan, but that he would even drink from a her bucket. Lax understanding of ritual cleanness.
    Vs. 10 So theres surprise in her voice. Everything about this scene is wrong. Jesus answers her.
    gift of God.
    Not earned. Not worked for. A gift. The woman may have asked herself: a gift God has for me? If I only knew who I was speaking to? Living water?
    What is living water? Eternal life. Satisfies.
    Water what is needed to sustain life. I’ve been reading through Jeremiah in my devotional time:
    Jeremiah 2:13 ESV
    for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
    Jeremiah 17:13 ESV
    O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.
    God’s people reject the Living Water, and try to fill that desire by filling broken cisterns.
    What Jesus is offering to her, and to you, is himself. A cleansing from sin. He himself is the fountain of living water. He alone is the one that can satisfy.
    Are you filling up at the fountain of living water or are you digging out cisterns that are broken?
    Vs. 11 Where do you get that living water? All she could seem to think about was her bucket and her thirst.
    Vs. 12 Are you greater? Yes, he is greater than Jacob. as he says in vs. 13.
    Vs. 13-14. Stop here. The woman seems to be more obsessed with the actual literal spring, but if the Samaritan woman drinks the water Jesus gives, she will become like the bride in the Song of Solomon, “a well of living water” (Song 4:15), because the “fountain of living water” (Jer. 2:13; 17:13) flows in her. This is what Isaiah 58:11,
    Isaiah 58:11 ESV
    And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
    Jesus was offering to her, and to you and me, a relationship that would satisfy her and provide her the life and love she craved.
    It’s not just enough water, but overflowing water. Jesus creates a contrast with temporary with the eternal satisfaction. Just like eating that burger, or drinking a glass of water, even if it’s a legitament pleasure, are fading.
    THE GOSPEL MOVE:
    Every person in the world want to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that will meet our exceptions, needs, and wants. It shows our sin. How we keep grasping at other things. We value the gift over the giver of gifts.
    So what will truly satisfy the desires of our heart? How are you seeking to be satisfied?
    Living water is clean, fresh, flowing; it is not stagnant, stale, or squalid. Living water tastes good and brings refreshing relief that enables renewal of effort with joy and gratitude. This is what Jesus offers. Jesus offers a life-giving cleansing that tastes good, satisfies thirst, and makes those who drink life-givers themselves.
    We are all guilty of forsaking the fountain of living water. That just doesn’t mean we will seek this time always trying to be satisfied, but will spend eternity, when we die, separate from God.
    Have you accepted the gift of living water that can only come from Jesus? It’s a gift for you?
    Ephesians 2:8 ESV
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
    John 3:16 ESV
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
    But all of this is a sign of a never-ending thirst. Disatisfaction in life is near the root of all kinds of sin. Why do people cheat on their spouse, abuse drugs and alcohol, mindlessly bing-watch ridiculous amounts of TV, scroll endlessly on Facebook and Twitter, steal, or commit suicide? All of these things and more happen because people haven’t found happiness.
    Every person in the world want to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that will meet our exceptions, needs, and wants.
    So what will truly satisfy the desires of our heart? And Jesus says, come to me, all who are weak, thirsty, tired, and I will give you rest and you will be satisfied.
    Application:
    I want you to think about this, right now. Not later. What have you been using to satisfy your thirst?
    Have you been looking for a person to fulfill you in the way that only God can?
    Do you find yourself moving from on thing to another, trying to fill the void?
    Jumping from one relationship to another?
    From one vacation to the next? Jesus comes to each of us a says, “Come to me and drink. Discover that I am the only one who can quench your thirst.
    But the water that Jesus offers isn’t just about our life in heaven when we die; it is also about the life of heaven “welling up” in us while we live. Jesus desires that the woman would see her current needs, but also how her discovery of Living Water will affect her community and culture. The gospel is not ethereal or abstract it concerns people and places. The woman was shocked that a Jewish man would speak openly to a Samaritan woman. Here Jesus confronts racism and sexism. He has come, as the old hymn says, to “make his blessing flow far as the curse is found.” So if you have the Living Water, go and seek to share it with people who are dying of thirst in a wasteland.

    So What?

    › BI: Jesus is the gift of living water that alone can satisfy.
    The most important question in all of this in verse 10
    John 4:10 ESV
    Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
    › BI: Jesus is the gift of living water that alone can satisfy.
    DO YOU KNOW JESUS?
    Who is Jesus? What have we seen so far about who he is?
    He is the Word made flesh, The only Son fo the Father, He alone has ascended and descended, He changed water to win, He will rebuild the temple that will be torn down, He brings new birth, He is the bridegroom, Man form heaven, giver of living water, prophet, Messiah, Christ, King, healer of the sick and lame, bread of life, light of the world, giver of sight to the blind, ressurection and the life
    › Do you know the one who alone can satisfy, who can sympathize with your weariness?
    You know what I love about this account of Jesus?
    The world of sinners loved by God included not just the respectable insiders seeking truth like Nicodemus, but broken outsiders running from the truth like the Samaritan woman. Not one of us is beyond the need of God’s grace and non of us are beyond the reach of God’s grace. Jesus has come to seek and to save both the people who think they already have a relationship with God, and those who realize they don’t.
    › BI: Jesus is the gift of living water that alone can satisfy.
    To know Jesus is to know the one who is like no other. There is no one like Jesus. He along gives cleansing, refreshing, sweeter than honey, purest truth to the mind, loveliest of longed-for sights to the eyes.
    › BI: Jesus is the gift of living water that alone can satisfy.
    To know Jesus is to be satisfied. Nothing in this universe can satisfy. As we drink daily from the cup of Jesus, it becomes evident to those we interact with that Jesus is enough and our hearts will “flow rivers of living water.”
    Do you know who it is who spoke to the woman at the well? God gave him as a gift, and he himself gives the gift of living water.
    When we are satisfied in the living water, it is overflowing and will send us out to share that living water with those who are dying of thirst in a dry wasteland.
    Every person in the world want to know what will make him or her happy. We’re all desperately seeking for the person, place, or thing that will meet our exceptions, needs, and wants.
    So what will truly satisfy the desires of our heart?
    › BI: Jesus is the gift of living water that alone can satisfy.
  • His Mercy Is More

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