Read John 4:1-26
Jesus had to go through Samaria
– Shortest Route or Divine Appointment
– Jesus is fully God and Man He knew she was going to be there, He wanted to meet her face to face,
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
Jesus shared a moment of love with His disciples
– He knew that she/us would be where we are
– He came to earth knowing that he would be crucified
– He came to meet with you and me and the Samaritan Woman
– He offered her living water
I. We have to go!
Jesus was crucified for all people, and he was raised from the dead, and then gave his disciples a commission, a commission that still stands today.
– Matthew 28:18-20 (The Great Commission)
– Acts 1:8 (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, ends of the earth
John 1 verse 6 – (the 6th hour)
– She was alone. Why?
II. Perception vs. Compassion vv. 16-18
We have perceptions about everything. Our perceptions often determine how we interact with people.
The Samaritan was alone because she had a poor reputation. People perceived her one way but Jesus had compassion on her. She was isolated because of the perception people had of her…Jesus had compassion.
– What about people in our community.
– How do we perceive people?
– Jesus gave her a way out (living water) He didn’t rub her nose in it, nor gossip. He simply offered her compassion.
Our relationship w/God should trump our perceptions.
– Matthew 22:34-40 (Great Commission)
– Our love of God reflects our love for People
We are to reflect compassion to all.
– Jesus’ Compassion
Matthew 9:36: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless.
Matthew 14:14: When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
– Our Compassion
Ephesians: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Colossians 3:12: Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and early loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Once we begin to go to all people, once we have compassion for the hurting/alone we will begin to experience what the Acts church looked like.
III. A Community of Worship. vv 19-24
She changes the subject. Jesus says something monumental.
True worshippers will worship in “Spirit and Truth”
– SPIRIT points to an inward attitude of the heart. Not outward. We often look on the outside but God sees the heart.
– 1 Samuel 16:7: The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks on the outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.
– Pharisees (Cup, Whitewashed tombs)
– READ: Acts 2:42-47 (Community of Worship)
Jesus said “I AM” (The Messiah wants to meet with You)
He stepped out of time to reveal Himself to a broken world.
The Church should be defined by:
1. Great Commission: A GO Church
2. Great Commandment: Our Compassion (Love for God and People)
The result: A Community of Worship