Sda sermon on the woman at the well
We don't know her name or age. But her conversation with the Lord is his longest one-on-one chat recorded in Scripture. Reason enough to give our sister from Samaria a fresh look. It was high noon on a hot day. Jesus, tired from traveling, chose a sensible rest stop—Jacob's well outside the town of Sychar—while waiting for his disciples to go into town for food.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Woman At The Well - Billy Graham
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The Woman at the Well: Thirsty for Truth
John Jesus left Judea and started back to Galilee. Oh, Samaria! That was the strange place, the half-breed place, the place you are not supposed to visit if you are well brought up! All of us had some section of town when we were growing up that we were not supposed to visit. Two thousand years ago, that place was Samaria!
But you know what? Jesus went through it! Jesus goes through the places that we think are off-limits. It was about noon. Jesus was tired. Can you imagine Jesus being tired? If he's the Son of God, what's he doing being tired? Jesus is both. Jesus is human and Jesus is God. This means that, no matter, what we ever feel in life, Jesus has felt it before us.
Jesus knows us. When we are flat-out, dead tired, Jesus has been tired, too. Are you tired of your journey? Are you tired of all the work you've had to do?
Well, Jesus can relate. Jesus is tired, too. Yes, we were all taught not to talk to strangers. And we were probably taught, implicitly, that there were some people we were just not supposed to associate with. Two thousand years ago, Jews were not supposed to speak with Samaritans. And they were certainly not supposed to eat with them, or drink with them, or especially drink after them! That would be more than just not right.
It would be unclean; it would be disgusting. For the proper Jewish man, to drink with a Samaritan would be like one of us drinking from the bottle as a wino on the street in a bad section of town. Today, Americans are not supposed to speak with Koreans. North Americans are not talking with Africans. Northern Ireland is not supposed to speak with Southern Ireland. North Atlanta is not supposed to speak with South Atlanta. Buckhead is not supposed to speak to Sandy Springs. Public schools are not supposed to speak with private schools.
Democrats are not supposed to speak with Republicans. Well, that's not the way that Jesus considered it. Men were not even supposed to mingle with women in that culture. I don't mean co-mingle. I mean that men and women did not share the common exchanges of daily commerce and need. But Jesus broke those rules.
Jesus respected women. Jesus respected women so much that he was able to share his ordinary need with a woman; he shared his thirst. Where do you get that living water? What is this living water? Isn't all water living? No, it's not all living. All of us have seen the opposite at some time or another.
The opposite of living water is dead water. Some water is absolutely dead. Some water is dead, and yet folks continue to drink it. Do you know what dead water is? Dead water is the same old television show every night. Dead water is the same old argument you get into every day. Dead water is that little habit you persist in nourishing, that habit which is small in itself, but which will kill you one day. Dead water is what may have nourished somebody long ago, but it sure does not give you joy and vigor today.
Dead water is that water you give for yourself which still leaves you crying out for more. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life. The Samaritan woman wants this water now! She knows exactly what Jesus means! Sir, give me this water! What you have said is true! The woman has no husband! She has used up husbands the way each of us uses up unsatisfactory water.
We keep trying all these ways to cure our souls. We try this self-help book. We try that therapist. We try this drug. We try that drink. We try this husband. We try that wife. But, ultimately, we have no husband. Jesus knows that we have no husband. Jesus knows that our searching has been fruitless. Our well is dry. Yes, Jesus knows. Jesus knows.
Prophets know. Prophets know, but they love people anyway. It does not matter where your ancestors worshipped. Their arguments do not need to be your arguments. They were concerned with matters that are no longer a part of our lives. True worship has to do with spirit and with truth. If you want to worship God, you must be willing to enter the realm of the Spirit. The Spirit uses history, but the Spirit is not bound to history. If you want to worship God, you must be willing to enter the realm of the Truth.
Truth uses history, too, but Truth is not bound to history. Truth is willing to acknowledge that everyone gets thirsty. No matter whether you are a man or a woman, or anything in between, or something else entirely, everyone gets thirsty.
That is the truth. Are you willing to worship God with the truth of who you are? If you can worship God in truth, you are in the Spirit. I am that Spirit. I am that Truth, that way, that life. Jesus is speaking to you, right now, if you have ears to hear, right now, here in church, in this place, in this time, at this well.
Jesus is at the local watering hole, if you have ears to hear spirit and truth. Jesus is at the local coffee shop. Jesus is at your favorite restaurant. Wherever you hear spirit and truth, you are hearing Jesus. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you want?
Sunday: The Samaritan Woman
Seventh-day Adventists believe in inspiring those around us to experience a life of wholeness and hope for an eternal future with God. Conflict is in the air from the beginning of the Gospel of John. At that point, John introduces a subtle break in the story. The word but is soft, but there is, nevertheless, a flag waving to the reader to slow down.
A year ago, I was able to travel with a couple of colleagues to Flint, Michigan, to distribute water in response to the water crisis. I never realized the necessity of water until educating myself about the crisis. The residents of Flint were only allotted one case of water per person every day at the water distribution area at the fire station. Unfortunately, one case of water was not enough for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning the house. From talking to some of the residents, I found that going to the water distribution areas became a daily routine.
Woman At The Well - Stages Of Relationsips
One of the wonderful things about the good news that Jesus brings is that it meets the basic need that all people have. You can go to the highest halls of learning and talk with a man with multiple Ph. Although he is highly educated, the message he needs to hear is that Christ died for his sins and was raised from the dead, and that he can trust in Christ and receive eternal life as a free gift. Take the message to the most primitive, illiterate tribesman in some remote jungle and he needs to hear the same good news. Since all people are sinners who need to be reconciled to the holy God, the same gospel applies to all: Jesus saves sinners who trust in Him. He needed the new birth. Jesus skillfully shows her that she needs the living water that He can give.
Lesson 21: Living Water for a Thirsty Woman (John 4:1-14)
Some of the stories will be very familiar and others will probably be new to you. These ancient encounters are valuable for what they reveal about Jesus and what they teach us about the common problems of life. Although years have passed since Jesus walked on the earth, his words remain incredibly relevant. Times change but the human heart remains the same. We have the same hopes and fears and dreams and doubts.
The Woman at the Well: Thirsty for Truth
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Sermon - The Woman at the Well (K. McCottry)
By Dr. Philip W. McLarty The story of the woman at the well is familiar to most churchgoers. I had the privilege of studying the Gospel of John in seminary with Dr. Fred Gealy — at the time, a respected and well-known Bible scholar.
John Jesus left Judea and started back to Galilee. Oh, Samaria! That was the strange place, the half-breed place, the place you are not supposed to visit if you are well brought up!