Jesus is Our Example

Jesus is our example in declaring God’s truth, displaying God’s love and demonstrating God’s power.  Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well illustrates these aspects of introducing someone to the Good News of the Kingdom of God.  

Observations of Jesus’ Encounter with the Samaritan Woman in John 4:1-42

1.  Jesus did not let tiredness nor physical thirst stop him.  Jesus was fully human and experienced the same physical needs like any other human being.   

2. Jesus took advantage of an opportunity.  Jesus did not let the inconvenience of his tiredness and physical thirst to stop him from ministering to this woman.

3. Jesus crossed cultural and social barriers.  He was well aware of the history behind the rift between the Jews and the Samaritans.  He was not naive but understood the social implications.  Yet, he did not allow that to stop him from reaching out to her.

4. Jesus did not reject her because of her sin.  He reached out to her despite her lifestyle and sins.  Jesus was compassionate and caring for her as a person.  He cared about her soul and did not reject her just because of her way of living.  

5. Jesus leaned on the Holy Spirit to give him a word of knowledge for the woman.  Jesus through a word of knowledge revealed the truth of her condition.  The Holy Spirit was working through Jesus to minister to her.      

6. Jesus turned a physical need to address her spiritual need.  Jesus offered to her hope out of her predicament.  He addressed the way to satisfy the emptiness within her as well as a way out of her current situation.

In our witness and encounter with the unsaved,… 

Jesus is our example to:

Declare God’s truth:

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  vs. 13,14

“a time is coming when you worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,” vs. 21-24

“I who speak to you am he.” vs. 26

Display God’s love:

“You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.  How can you ask me for a drink?  (For the Jews did not associate with the Samaritans.)” vs. 9

“Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” vs. 15 

Demonstrate God’s power:

“The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not y0ur husband.  What you have just said is quite true.” vs. 18

 

Pastor Daniel