April 14, 2019 College Park Church. The gospel came to the city of Sychar. I’m not telling you to be reckless. Using water as the metaphor for eternal life, … Do not discriminate because of race, gender, religion or social class Do you know what convinced them? When Jesus was going from Judea to Galilee, the shortest route was through Samaria. Jesus is at the local coffee shop. A sermon by the Very Reverend Sam Candler Atlanta, Georgia The Third Sunday of Lent John 4:3-42 In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Something’s terribly wrong. Mark. On Sunday night Rushmore, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons. Jesus is at the local watering hole, if you have ears to hear spirit and truth. He carefully and compassionately reveals her need. If he's the Son of God, what's he doing being tired? Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. He wants them to have hearts set on the right priorities. May 30, 2016. But I’m sure you can look back at your life and see the way a particular risk, while not entirely safe, was worth it. He truly cares for all. She said to the people, 29 "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Oh, Samaria! God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. Bruce Chilton and … Postscript I just read this today (28.03.14) in Robert L. Webb’s chapter, “John the Baptist and his Relationship to Jesus” in Studying the Historical Jesus , eds. Let me give you a few thoughts on how this text could be applied in our lives. Nicodemus was highly educated, part of the power structure of society, and very religious. February 2, 2020. We keep trying all these ways to cure our souls. She kept asking questions. The previous conversation with Nicodemus was intellectually challenging. The Samaritan woman in John 4:1-29 reveals this truth about us: that we are blind to our own need until the Anointed one opens our eyes. That’s when this woman comes to get water. In John 1:14, we saw that Jesus became “flesh.” And the disciples saw his glory in that flesh. Pittsburgh New Church. Where do you look? She had been married five times and now was living with a man who wasn’t her husband. The woman has no husband! "I am. He reached her. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. Please include the following statement on any distributed copy: by Mark Vroegop. All throughout the book, this theme appears in a variety of ways. It was the woman's testimony, to be sure. Yes, Jesus knows. People are convinced by what they feel, in their gut, is the truth.But the people were also convinced by her question! And she especially doesn’t like 60° F water. Some of the highlights were the various hikes that we took together. The conversation with this woman was socially and culturally challenging. Can you imagine Jesus being tired? 1-9) “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) Nicodemus was male, a Jew, and educated. He was hated by the religious leaders of the day, not for what He said, but for what they thought He said. We try that drink. April 10, 2017. Jesus further clarifies what he means by living water in verse 13. According to verse 41, many people believed. The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. The opposite of living water is dead water. Public schools are not supposed to speak with private schools. Are you tired of all the work you've had to do? 35 Do you not say, 'Four months more, then comes the harvest'? Read John 4:1-6. But I also want to use this message as we consider the next few days leading up to Easter Sunday. that something big had happened. We’ve been talking a lot about personal and cultural narratives over the last weeks. They were concerned with matters that are no longer a part of our lives. She knows exactly what Jesus means! SERMON POINTS The story of Jesus and a Samaritan woman is one that gives hope to those who have lost it (John 4:1-42). The Samaritan woman was a foreigner from a despised religious group, but her story made a clear statement about the role of women in the early Christian communities. People believe testimonies because people recognize truth. 11 The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. And Jesus clearly and pointedly says, “I who speak to you am he.” The entire conversation led to this pivotal moment. And John uses this story to reinforce what we read last week in John 3:36—” Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life . or, Why talkest thou with her? " "I am becoming who I am becoming. (John 4:1-42). "This is the Jesus we worship today. Using Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman recorded in chapter 4 and Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus recorded in chapter 3, John presents fundamental and profound spiritual truths, and yet the Samaritan woman and Nicodemus could not be more different from each other. If you want to worship God, you must be willing to enter the realm of the Spirit. And Jesus puts his finger on a major need in her life. He cannot be the Messiah, can he?" What happens next is risky. Rev. 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" 33 So the disciples said to one another, "Surely no one has brought him something to eat?" But He also models something very important. The land was resettled with non-Jewish people (2 Kings 17-18). And it was effective. Now you need to know that while Sarah is amazingly adventuresome, she doesn’t like heights. Northern Ireland is not supposed to speak with Southern Ireland. And this woman is now told the one thing that she needs to know: Jesus is the Messiah. The story begins with Jesus transitioning out of Judea because of some kind of pressure that was mounting from the Pharisees, the people who were central to the religious establishment of the day. Ah! " Honey, you better believe he is the Messiah!31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, "Rabbi, eat something." If you want to worship God, you must be willing to enter the realm of the Truth. North Americans are not talking with Africans. The Spirit uses history, but the Spirit is not bound to history. In a sermon on this passage, he describes the woman at the well as “a worldly, sensually-minded, unspiritual harlot from Samaria” … A skid row prostitute can become a child of God. "I am he," Jesus said. Amen. 27 Just then his disciples came. I want to share with you five truths about encounters I learned from this passage. 14:5-6, 50-52; 15:13; Num. The result of this conversation with Jesus is a movement of evangelism in the city of Sychar. 47:1-6) and the kind of new life that comes from the Holy Spirit (John 7:38-39). Who Is the Samaritan Woman and Why Was She Alone at the Well? We try this husband. Our favorite hike was probably one at the Grand Tetons. Jesus’s response is amazingly balanced. This woman lived in a polar opposite world. Does God find you more like the woman at the well—a person searching for fulfillment in the wrong places? 36 The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. The story of the Samaritan woman begins as Jesus is in the Judean countryside with His disciples ( John 3:22 ). Gospel Project Unit 21 Session 3 Samaritan Woman. Are you willing to worship God with the truth of who you are? Two thousand years ago, that place was Samaria!But you know what? Nothing squelches the opportunity for the gospel to advance like waiting until it’s safe. It was risky. She was a Samaritan. Changed Lives (5) Sunday, May 05, 2019. The story of the Samaritan woman has layers of lessons embedded in it. There’s some history that you need to know. Yes! Last Sunday the Gospel about Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) was proclaimed at my parish. Some commentators make a big deal that Jesus passed through Samaria instead of going around it. 19:17; Deut. He desires for them to have eyes to see a harvest that is right in front of them. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. Jump!” And she did—squealing, kicking her feet in the air, and barely breathing when she came out of the water. But in order for her to be reached, Jesus took some risks. Remember that the last person with whom Jesus had this kind of dialogue was Nicodemus. But here we see Jesus live out his humanity as he is tired. This is probably the most mission-oriented week of the entire year. But the Holy Tradition of the Church remembers, and calls her in Greek - Photini, in Russian - Svetlana, in the Celtic languages - Fiona, in Western languages - … Jesus was tired. Then it was mom’s turn. SERMON FOR THE SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony Sourozh +In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Well, remember, Jesus shows us what it means to be truly human AND what it means to be truly God. Jesus & the Samaritan Woman (sermon) Jeffrey Still. The Samaritans were despised by the Jews because they were of mixed ethnicity. It took me a while, but I finally drummed up enough courage to jump into the frigid waters. It would be unclean; it would be disgusting. He became human in order to reach us. From there, Jesus engages her in further conversation. The parenthetical comment that follows helps us understand that the disciples are gone. Dead water is the same old television show every night. He doesn’t have anything with which to draw water. Now, this should tell us something. You can’t smell the animosity of the Jews towards the Samaritans by just reading the text. Third and finally, Jesus takes a big risk here in order to engage this woman. I just read this today (28.03.14) in Robert L. Webb’s chapter, “John the Baptist and his Relationship to Jesus” in Studying the Historical Jesus, eds. Is he greater than Jacob? John seeks to make that clear. Others see a movement from Jerusalem (3:1-21), Judea (3:22-36), and now Samaria, following the model that Jesus gave in the Great Commission. Maybe more like one of the disciples—head down, just trying to “do stuff” without an awareness of God’s bigger plan. Part 5: Peter; Part 4: Paul; Part 3: Timothy; Part 2: The Samaritan Woman; Part 1: Matthew; Series Info . We visited the Badlands, Mt. But in order to make his way north, he had to pass through Samaria. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) To her statement of confusion, Jesus answered that whether worship was conducted in Jerusalem or Samaria was not the … Her life is not what God intended for her. Jesus asks her for a drink. Samaria developed its own identity. The woman is a Samaritan and therefore, as I said, unwanted, unclean. 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.13 Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. It would be like saying, “She was from the wrong side of the tracks” or “He was known for trolling the red-light district” or “He was sitting on park bench with a bottle in a bag.” A single sentence would tell you a lot. Jesus points this woman to the fact that this water can satisfy her like nothing else. February 2, 2020. There is a lesson for us here. Who Is the Samaritan Woman and Why Was She Alone at the Well? The story of the Samaritan woman is an example of just how much Jesus was a rebel when it came to religious and cultural customs. 39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I have ever done." Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce this material in any format provided that you do not alter the content in any way and do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. John may have intended some symbolism here regarding her newfound focus (from old water to new water) or her past life to a new one. Not only that but a Rabbi never spoke to a woman in public, not even his own wife and he certainly never would have spoken to a Samaritan woman. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. John is making a statement here. Disgusting.Today, Americans are not supposed to speak with Koreans. But not Jesus. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." Calvin Odhner . They refused to accept any books of the Old Testament other than the Pentateuch. This Samaritan woman aimed at this object and tried to gain it by an exceedingly earnest address. First, with whom do you relate in the story? But Jesus broke those rules. There were at least three good reasons that I can think of why no self-respecting Rabbi would have talked to this Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar: 1. 7-19-64 7:30 p.m. You are invited on the radio, as with us here in this great auditorium of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, to open your Bible to the Gospel of John chapter 4; the Gospel of John chapter 4, and we shall read out loud the first fourteen verses; the Gospel of John chapter 4, the first fourteen verses. Truth uses history, too, but Truth is not bound to history.Truth is willing to acknowledge that everyone gets thirsty. I don't mean co-mingle. That was the strange place, the half-breed place, the place you are not supposed to visit if you are well brought up! Samaritan Woman. (We used the reading from Year A … Bruce Chilton and Craig A. Evans (Leiden: Brill, 1988) 188. He tells her that there is something more available to her, and it relates to eternal life. 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