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JOHN 4:1-45

When analyzing this lovely passage of Scripture, one is overwhelmed with the Grace of God!

It's the Bible account of Jesus and the woman at the well!

 

 A Preacher in his Study

 

 

 

LESSON 1:

In John chapter four we have that lovely account of Jesus and His kindness to the "woman at the well."

This immediately follows John's classic description of Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus.

Think with me a few minutes about those two chapters of God's Word, John 3 and John 4.

In John 3 a man gets saved (either immediately or perhaps some time later).  In John 4 a woman gets saved!

In John 3 the person is named (Nicodemus) while in John 4 the lady remains unnamed (just the woman at the well)!

And look at the social status involved!  In John 3 is the lofty lawmaker.  In John 4 is merely the lowly housewife.

In John 3 we see man's self-proclaimed righteousness!  In John 4 we behold his sinfulness!

In John 3 the focus is upon a Jew ... in John 4 upon a Samaritan.

In John 3 the meeting with Jesus occurred at night.  In John 4 that encounter happened at high noon, daylight at its brightest!

And interestingly, in John 3 the sinner came to Jesus.  But in John 4 Jesus went to the sinner!

But, Preacher Bagwell, why are you giving all these contrasts?

To show one thing!

Man or woman, Jesus saves!

Well known or completely unknown, Jesus loves the lost!

Whether a soul is socially elevated or at the bottom of the charts, Jesus can forgive them!

And, yes, Jew or Gentile, one's physical blood line makes no difference at all! God is no respecter of persons!

And, more good news, anytime (day or night) Jesus will save a lost repentant sinner!

I am now thinking of a section of the Book of Acts where God saved an Ethiopian eunuch, an Italian soldier and a Jewish rabbi (chapters 8-11)!   Three lost souls brought into the family of God! 

And look at them:  one descended from each of Noah's three sons!  The eunuch is from the line of Ham (an Ethiopian) and the soldier from the line of Japheth (an Italian) while the Jew is from the line of Shem!  Someone from every branch of humanity!

Certainly, Jesus saves sinners from every tribe and nation!

Could I hear someone say "AMEN" please?

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2:

In the opening verses of John chapter four we see several interesting facts about Jesus.

John writes:  "When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.  And he must needs go through Samaria."  John 4:1-4

First we learn that Jesus knew even the thoughts of men!  This is one of the ways John teaches us of the Lord's omniscience. He knew everything!

Then we learn of Jesus' magnetism!  More people followed Him than followed even John the Baptist!  Our Lord Himself said:  "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."  John 12:32

Next we are told that our Lord did not personally baptize anyone!  He left that matter in the hands of His Disciples.  Is this not proof that baptism does not save?  Rather the shed Blood of Jesus offered on the Cross of Calvary, His vicarious Death, saves a lost soul from hell! 

And we even learn of Jesus' travel habits!

It looks to me like His moves were based, not on whims or personal desires, but the spiritual conditions of the day!  The Pharisees were growing to hate Him more and more ... therefore He temporarily left Judea where they were centered!   The less cultured common people of Galilee would hear Him gladly! Mark 12:37

But the Saviour here does an unusual thing.  The Jews at that time, being so filled with animosity toward the despised Samaritans, did NOT ever go through their territory!  Instead they would detour either to the east or to the west and avoid Samaritan lands.  This tactic added many miles and much time to their trips also!

But we are specifically told that Jesus deliberately intended to go through Samaria!   "And he must needs go through Samaria."

How unusual!

The verb "must needs" translates "dei" in Greek, meaning Jesus just HAD to go there!  It was essential!  It was the right and proper thing to do!  Urgency to do so had been laid upon Him!  It was necessary!

Why?

Again we have travel plans dictated by someone's spiritual needs!

There was a lost women there!

She needed the Lord!

And He was going to sit by a well-side until she came!

Anyone Who knows men's thoughts can also know a ladies' thoughts!  (We've just been told by John that Jesus knew what the Pharisees had heard. Not what they had said ... but heard!)

This woman, when we see her in Heaven, can truly say, HE CAME TO ME!

But, come to think of it ... so can we all!

Truly, "The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."  Luke 19:10

Sometime this Lord's day thank Him again for saving your lost soul!

Thank Him for coming to die on Calvary!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3:

Have you ever thought much about Bible geography?

Usually such a topic does not enter into our Bible Study efforts!

However, in John 4 we are told that Jesus was near the city of Sychar where Jacob had given a parcel of land to his son Joseph.  "Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph."  (John 4:5)

In fact, by the well there (Jacob's well) Jesus met the Samaritan woman and she got saved!

I began to wonder:  "What else happened there?"

Did other Bible events occur near this well of "salvation?"  (Isaiah 12:3 uses that term!  "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.")

Sychar was about 36 miles from Jerusalem, Jesus' point of origin on this particular trip.  It would have taken Him and His followers about twelve hours to walk this distance, probably with a night's sleep breaking the journey.

Sychar is believed to be the same area as ancient Shechem.  Here God placed one of the cities of refuge!  (Joshua 20:7)  Think of that!  Jesus is our Refuge ... and here He saves a lost soul from hell!  A walking "City of Refuge" came to town that day!

Here the patriarch Jacob has stood according to Genesis 33:18!  But when Jesus came that day the Greatest Son of Jacob stood there!  Jacob was often there seeking his own gain!  Jesus was only there to give to others!

Joseph also wondered these hills, on a errand from his father, looking for his brethren!  Now Jesus, also on an errand from His Father, looks for lost brethren too!  (Genesis 37:14)

Joshua has been here, the mighty warrior for our God!  (Joshua 8:30)  But now the Captain of the Lord's Hosts stands here ... also the Captain of our Salvation! But there's one difference between them:  Joshua didn't quite finish his task ... Jesus DID!

Even Joseph's bones are buried in Shechem (Sychar)!  See Joshua 24:32!  But Jesus' bones will NOT be buried anywhere for long!  Just three days and three nights!  He arose!  He lives eternally!  In fact, He's coming back again some day!

And this is the area where Dinah, daughter of Jacob, was defiled by a young man of the city!  (Genesis 34)  Isn't it ironic (and thrilling) that when Jesus was in town another woman was not defiled ... but cleansed of all her past sins!

Surely there is spirituality in Bible geography!

Hand me my Bible please ... and a map!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4:

Did Jesus ever get tired?

The Bible says He did, physically so!

Read with me John 4:6.  "Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour."

That verb "wearied" (in Greek = "kopiao") means to grow weary, tired or exhausted. The implication is fatigue from physical exertion!

In our text here this little verb is a "perfect" participle. That fact indicates that Jesus had been tired for some time, likely due to the long walk from Jerusalem, a trek of 36 long miles!

Did you notice what I just said?

"The long WALK from Jerusalem!"

Jesus walked!

In fact, as far as I can tell from Scripture, He walked everywhere He went during His 33 plus years on earth ... except once!  That was in Matthew 21 when He rode that little colt into Jerusalem, fulfilling Bible prophecy!

That means Jesus walked to every new city!

He walked to every place where He preached!

He walked to each needy soul whom He saved!

He walked to every miracle He performed!

According to Acts 10:38 Jesus "went about doing good!"  He did ... walking as He sought and saved the lost!

Particularly is this walking seen in Luke's Gospel.  Three times Jesus goes to Jerusalem! As an infant He was carried by His mother and Joseph to the Holy City.  They, walking no doubt, went straight to the Temple!  Then again at age 12 ... it's back to the Temple!  This time Jesus walked.  Next Luke records that third trip to Jerusalem, the main one, where Jesus died on the Cross! This last trip consumes most of Luke's Gospel, with Jesus again walking!

Additionally, Luke records three trips away from Jerusalem!  In infancy, from Jerusalem to Nazareth ... to grow into a young Man!  (Luke 2:39-40) At age 12 Jesus walked back home to "be subject" to Mary and Joseph!  (Luke 2:51-52) And thirdly, after His glorious Resurrection, Jesus went from Jerusalem toward Emmaus ... to encourage two downcast followers!  (Luke 24:13-15)

Yes, Luke reveals to us a walking Saviour!

But let me in closing today describe the two greatest trips the Lord has ever made!  The first one is that long bloody trail that led to Calvary!  He WALKED to the Cross!  Without that journey, we all would have died and gone to Hell!

The second one is the day He came to you and me ... to save our lost souls from eternal damnation!  (That's what He's doing in John 4 too!  He walked to a well ... to meet a lost sinner woman ... and bring her to salvation!)

Can you today praise God that He came to you?  Then by all means, do so!

Oh yes, there is a third trip ahead as well!  Jesus is coming back again! I mean even after the Rapture when He calls us Believers away into His Presence! (After this Point we shall ever be with our Lord!)

Yet at the literal Second Coming of Jesus to earth I read in Zechariah 14:4 ... "And His Feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south."

Jesus ... back on earth!

And what part of His glorified body is mentioned?

His Feet!

Again, He will walk the hills and valleys and plains of this old earth!

But no longer as a Sacrifice for sin ... to be nailed on a cruel Cross!

Now He comes to rule and reign from the Throne of David ... King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

And that time He will not be tired either!

Hallelujah!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5:

Do you remember that great account in the Gospel of John where Jesus waited by the well?  I mean where He waited for that Samaritan woman to come for her water?

John 4:6 simply says:  "Jesus ... sat thus on the well."  Then immediately John 7:7 adds: "There cometh a woman of Samaria ...."

A meeting by the side of a well!

I began to think about that.

The Bible is literally full of meetings in such places!  Meetings by well-sides!

That's where the unnamed servant found the bride for Isaac!  You may read about it in Genesis 24:11-14. 

Also it was at a well that Jacob found his wife, Rachel!  Genesis 29:2 begins that account.

Moses found his wife (a Gentile) by a well also!  Read Exodus 2:15-16. 

Therefore I find it totally in keeping with Scripture that Jesus, by another well, would meet a lost Gentile woman, and make her part of the family of God by saving her lost soul!

Isaiah 12:3 says this:  "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."

Wells of salvation!

Also notice with me WHEN this lady came to the well.

"It was about the sixth hour."  John 4:6

Most experts declare that to be noon, high noon!

The number "six" in the Bible is often associated with man, particularly lost mankind.  It falls one short of "seven," the perfect number!  And remember that man was created on the "sixth" day according to the Bible, man who fell into sin!)  The "number" of the coming anti-Christ will be six hundred and sixty six (666) also!

Here's a sinner lady, coming to Jesus ... and she will be saved!

Noon also is said to be the brightest part of the day!  I would say this:  the brightest part of any life is the moment you see Jesus as the darling Son of God Who died on the Cross for you!  The second you trust Him as your personal Saviour!  The instant you step out of the darkness of sin into the eternal light of God's great plan of salvation!

Also let me add this today.  It was by a well that the little lost Egyptian girl Hagar found the Lord!  Really I should say that the Lord found her!  That well was given a name!  "Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered."  (Genesis 16:14)  Beerlahairoi means "the well of Him That liveth and seeth me!"   That's Jesus I do believe!

If you are yet unsaved today ... and somehow reading these words, come! Come to the Well!  Come to Jesus, trusting Him to save your soul!  He is able to do so, no doubt! 

In John 6:35 Jesus says:  "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."

Again I say, come!

He now is not only by the well of salvation ....  He IS The Well of Salvation!

Amen!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6:

It happened at noon.

Jesus, wearied from his journey, sat there to rest.

Then came the woman, a Samaritan.

What an unusual combination!

And what a strange time, the hottest part of the day!

The Bible elsewhere tells us that usually women in that day drew their water in the cooler evening hours.  Genesis 24:11 says:  "And he (Abraham's servant) made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water."

Why did this lady come at noon?

Many reasons have been given through the years.

Maybe because she was so immoral that the other women of the village had excluded her from their company.  She had known multiple husbands and was even then living in sin.  Therefore she came alone to the well.  Of course Jesus just saves sinners ... so this woman was in the right place at the right time!

Maybe she was religious enough (as a Samaritan, worshiping Moses) to want to go to Jacob's well, by-passing several others on the way!  At least that's what the scholars tell us.  But her religion was wrong and only Jesus could give her the Truth!  So, she's still in the right place at the right time!

Then again maybe she just wanted some water!  Clothes to wash or a meal to cook perhaps.  And the mile and a half walk would do her good too.  But, may I emphasize that she got Water!  Not physical water ... but the Water of Life!  So, yet again, she came to the right place at the right time!

Blessed be noon ... if it's the hour of salvation!

Also notice with me Who began the conversation that day.

John 4:7 carefully catalogues this information.  "There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink."

Jesus originated the interview!

He spoke first.

Had He not done so ... the woman would have never even acknowledged His presence!  "For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans."  John 4:9

And that conversation led the lady to eternal life!

Let me ask you this today.

When YOU got saved, Who started that chain of events?

I'll answer the question too.

JESUS did!

1 John 4:19 makes this so clear:  "We love Him, because He first loved us."

Or better yet, "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

And while these two talked of things above ... where were the Disciples?

Why, they were hungry!  "For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat."  (John 4:8)  One preacher quipped:  "The Disciples were buying ... Jesus was giving!"   You see, salvation IS a Gift!

Let's stop now and collect our thoughts.

Does anyone today remember the TIME you got saved?  Was it daylight or night time?  Noon or midnight?  Whenever it was ... thank God for that hour!  It was just the right time!

Does anyone today thank God that Jesus pursued YOU until He found you and saved you by His marvelous Grace?  That He indeed FIRST loved you?  Of course we do!  He still makes first moves!

And does anyone today delight in the fact that salvation is a Gift?   Not for sale! At any price!  Jesus already paid it all!  On Calvary!  With His precious sinless Blood!   "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Romans 6:23

Studying this Samaritan woman's salvation experience ought to make us all praise God what what He did in our lives too!

Don't you agree with Psalm 68:19?  "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."

Amen!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7:

It is an easily overlooked fact, but John 4:9 presents a critical view of salvation.

There Jesus is talking to a Samaritan woman. Their conversation goes like this:  "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans."

I want to emphasize that little word "how."

Jesus of course had just asked her for a drink of water.  "Give me to drink," He said.

He asked for water ... and got an insult!

Sinners always insult and reject the Lord God Almighty.  That is, until the Holy Spirit brings them to a place of sincere humble conviction!

Also incidentally note that Jesus did NOT hide the fact that He was a Jew! Perhaps His manner of dress or physical appearance or even His speech indicated His nationality.  He indeed is of the family of Abraham ... through David ... then the Virgin Mary!  He is God come to earth ... in a sinless way ... fully qualified to sit on the Throne of His father David ... and determined to die on the Cross so lost folks can be saved!  He now, after Calvary, is the Jewish Saviour of the whole world ... of those that believe ... including Gentiles!

Then the lady asks her now famous question?

Sir, "HOW" is it that You ask me for water?

Of course the woman is still thinking just about earthly water ... while Jesus has in mind eternal water ... salvation!

Yes, on the salvation issue the Samaritan just had to know ... "how?"

But, folks, HOW is the wrong place to begin with the subject of redemption!

There ... one must start by determining WHO!

Before you know the HOW of being born-again ... you must know WHO does the saving in the first place!

She ignorantly asked HOW ... while she should have asked WHO!

And The WHO of salvation was standing right there beside her!

Jesus is the Saviour!

And, if you recall, that's exactly what Nicodemus asked too!  John 3:4 records this:  "Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

But soon he learned the Truth of the matter!

Once you ascertain the WHO of salvation ... the HOW comes into place rather easily!

In fact, if you meet Jesus ... well, I'll just let Him explain it.  Here He is praying to His Father.  "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."  John 17:3

Again I say it.  Meet the WHO ... and the HOW will care for itself!

Jesus is Grace and Love and Truth and Salvation personified!

He is God!

Dear reader this Saturday in June, have you met the WHO of salvation?

The Lord Jesus Christ!

Here's another thing Jesus said on our subject:  "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."  John 6:37

"To Me" ... that's the Who.  Jesus alone saves sinners from an eternal hell!

Truly ... one has to know the WHO and then he or she will soon know the HOW as well!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8:

Jesus, briefly at rest, was talking to a lady by the side of a well one day.

She had walked about a mile and a half from her village to get some water.

Upon her arrival, Jesus asked for a drink ... a simple drink of water from the well.

A conversation developed.

Then, suddenly, Jesus turned the lady's whole world upside down!

He sure can do that!

Jesus turned Nicodemus' world inside out by declaring "Ye must be born again!"  John 3:7

Listen to what He said to this woman:  "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." John 4:10

Plainly Jesus insinuates that IF the woman had really known Him ... she would have been asking HIM for water! 

First of all let me say this.  It is plain that the woman is talking about physical water ... and Jesus is talking about spiritual or living water!  (It was the same with Nicodemus too.  Jesus was talking about a spiritual new birth ... Nicodemus was interpreting it as a physical new birth!)

To ever be saved, one has to yield to the world of the spirit!  The Holy Spirit! Jesus again:  "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."  John 6:63

One has to believe that God is!  "He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."  Hebrews 11:6

Secondly, Jesus here calls Himself the "Gift" of God!  He IS salvation!  In our verse under consideration today Jesus is both the Gift and the Giver!  "Lady, if you knew Me (the GIFT) ... you would be asking Me (the GIVER) for water!"

Every good Gift comes down from God the Father ... in Heaven!  So says James in his Epistle!  (James 1:17)  That's Jesus!  And Hebrews 6:4 talks about the "Heavenly Gift!"  That's Jesus too!  And in 2nd Corinthians 9:15 Jesus is the "unspeakable Gift!" 

Thirdly, note Jesus' willingness to give!  "Lady, if you'll ask ... I will give you everlasting water!"  He came to save sinners!  He rejoices when one lost soul repents!  How willing is He?  "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  2 Peter 3:9

And lastly, what's this "living water?"  It's the Lord's word picture for salvation! He IS the Water of Life! 

Just as water is necessary for life ... so is Jesus!  And as water is a gift from God ... so is Jesus!  Water is universal or world-wide in need ... so is Jesus! Water first descends from Heaven ... so did Jesus!  Water blesses everywhere it goes, fructifying the land ... so with Jesus!  Water is constantly active ... never tiring ... so with Jesus!  Water is unevenly distributed ... so with Jesus!  (Some places on earth have barely heard!)  Water is miraculously constructed ... so is Jesus!  Water exhibits a triune capability ... liquid, solid and gas ... so does Jesus (the Godhead)!  And there will be no water in hell ... nor will Jesus be there either! 

Have you partaken of This Living Water?

Do you know Jesus?

Remember Jesus said ... "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."  John 4:14

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9:

When Jesus met that Samaritan woman in John chapter four, He left us a classic example of "soul winning" at its best!

Let me show you how she, a common sinner, began to learn the identity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

At first, the woman merely recognized Jesus as a Jew!  A term she used with some disgust it appears!  

"Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans."    John 4:9

But , before we know it, she has begun to see that He is more than just a Jew!

Jesus early on began to earn the lady's respect!

Soon she's calling Him "Sir!"  

"The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?"   John 4:11

That's surely a step "up!"  From "a Jew" to "Sir!"

Then she begins to discern that He is a "Prophet!"  Read with me John 4:19.  "The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet."

See the progress she's making?

Yet, once again, we read she is convinced that Jesus is the very coming Messiah! 

"The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he."   John 4:25-26

While here she obviously did not yet call Jesus Messiah ... she by now is quite ready to believe!

Let me prove that.

When she got back to town, she said something critically important.

"And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did."   John 4:39

Consider those words "He told me all that ever I did."

Compare this last statement to her saying the Messiah would "tell us all things!"

She believes Jesus is the Messiah, the very Son of God!

Incidentally, her "belief" led to others being saved also!

"Many believed on Him!"

Amazing!

Jesus ... to this woman ... was first just a JEW ... then SIR ...  next even a PROPHET ... but finally ... THE MESSIAH!

Praise the Lord!

Friend, aren't you glad today that you really know who Jesus is!

Amen!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 10:

Jesus once was pointing a lady to salvation.

He had told her about "living water."

Her interest was obviously growing.

Then she made  the request:  "The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw." John 4:15

There!

Go ahead Jesus!

Lead her to eternal life!

She's "thirsty!"

But ... no!

Jesus did a very unusual thing.  With the woman showing interest ... our Lord yet brought up one more issue.  A critical issue, an essential one when it comes to the saving of a lost soul!

Let's listen:  "Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither." John 4:16

At the exact point where most of today's soul-winners would have "drawn the net,"  the Lord brought up a delicate and complicated issue ... the sin issue!

We soon find out what the Lord already knew!

Read with me again:  "The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly."  John 4:17-18

The woman was living in sin!

And before the Lord would let her make some meaningless little "decision" that would lack depth and clarity, He forces her to reveal her wicked past.

To put this bluntly:  one must realize he is a sinner ... before he can be saved!

At the very heart of salvation is the cleansing from sin!

That's why Jesus died ... to wash away sin!

Today many seek to make "saints" out of folks who will not acknowledge that they were "sinners" in the first place!

That just won't work!

I believe one of the first things the Holy Spirit does when He "convicts" the lost ... is to show them how wicked they really are!  Jesus promised of the Holy Spirit:  "And when He is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."  John 16:8

Paul well balances the truth of sin and salvation in Romans 6:23 where he says:  "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Yes, Jesus longed for the lady to "believe," but not on a cheapened scale!

He wants sin to be discovered ... and spurned ... and forgiven!

That's why Paul spends so much of the first part of Romans discussing and proving that we "all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God!"  Romans 3:23

Friend, have you ever seen your "lostness" ... that you might then see the beauties of the Saviour?

Remember, God saves old sinners!

Paul, who called himself the "chief of sinners" ... became one of the most godly men who ever lived ... by the marvelous Grace of God!

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."  Luke 19:10

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."  1 Timothy 1:15

I'll guarantee you this.  If this woman got saved, which it appears she did, she responded to that "husband" situation in her life!

She could have no longer lived in adultery, with a "man who was not her husband!"

Sin and the Saviour are opposites!

Reader today, have YOU ever been lost?

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 11:

Jesus, in John 4:13-14, says this to a Samaritan woman:  "Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

These words were spoken by a well near the town of Sychar.

Our Lord, using the "well" as a picture of eternal life, hints at never ending power and strength and blessing!

Isaiah even speaks of wells in connection with salvation!  "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."  Isaiah 12:3

I once heard a preacher talk about "buckets" of blessings drawn from the wells of salvation!

Here's a "bucket-full" Paul drew one day:  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."  Romans 10:9-10

And think with me about this one.  "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."   Philippians 4:13

Or another Philippians 4 "bucket" ... "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:19

And maybe get a long and cool drink from Romans 8:28.  "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

I think you get my point.

And of course ... there are thousands of other "buckets-full" awaiting.

Ever since the day Jesus saved my lost soul, I have been drinking from that well!

By the way, the verb "drinketh" in verse 13 above ... "pino" in Greek ... is framed as a present participle.  That means the drinking is constant!  Anytime you desire ... the "flow" is available!  Jesus' wells never run dry!

He got thirsty one day on Calvary, paying our sin debt, that this Well of everlasting water might be perpetually open to lost sinners!  (John 19:28 says: "After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.")

Also ... the very fact of "a well that never runs dry" would have astounded the Oriental mind of this lady.  She had never known such a well!  All water sources in the East had times of scarcity.  Droughts were common.  But Jesus provides a Well that will never run short!

Plus this little fact ... our verses today use the verbal expression "springing up" to depict the water's action.  ("Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.")  This term is unique.  "Hallomai" in Greek actually means to leap!  It's only found 3 times in the whole New Testament.  In both the other cases it describes men who were lame.  Each was healed by the power of the Lord and got up LEAPING and walking and praising God!  This is a dramatic verb!  A powerful one!  This water Jesus gives ... leaps and runs and quenches and saves!

Christian friend, we have a whole well ... full of such buckets of such refreshing truth!

Let's spend some time this hot Summer day enjoying that Water!

Oh, how good the Lord is!

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 12:

Jesus, sitting by Jacob's well, was tired and thirsty.

Yet He, with nothing to "draw with," offered a poor Samaritan woman "a well of water springing up into everlasting life!"  John 4:10 tells us: "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."  And John 4:14 adds: "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

A bubbling vibrant geyser of water!

Now I began to think about that ... at least about that water Source!

It seems that everywhere God is ... a great flowing abundant stream of water appears!

Think with me about this.

Back in the Garden of Eden ... there was a river of water.  That paradise was God's first earthly landscape program!  In Genesis 2:10 we are told about that river:  "And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads."  Here's a river that made four other rivers!  What water!

And then let's go to the future earth during the Kingdom Reign of Christ ... after the Second Coming of our Lord.  Both Ezekiel and Zechariah tell us about it. "And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.  And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be."   Zechariah 14:4 and 8

Then let's hear John the Apostle describe our heavenly home!  The future glorious city New Jerusalem, which John saw coming down:  "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."  (Revelation 21:2)  "And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God."  (Revelation 21:10)

But as the City got closer John immediately noticed a River!  "And He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."  Revelation 22:2

There it is!

A River in Eden!

A River in the Millennium!

A River in Heaven, New Jerusalem!

And ... a River in every sinner who believes on Jesus and is saved!

No wonder Jesus says these words in John 7:  "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified." John 7:38-39

Everywhere God is ... rivers follow!

Folks, there is no need to be dry!

In John 5 there was a lame and paralyzed man ... waiting to get into some troubled waters ... all in order to be healed!  He never made it!  Jesus came by! And what 38 years of effort failed to do ... Jesus did instantly!  This poor soul couldn't reach the moving waters of Bethesda ... so the Living Waters of Heaven (Jesus) came His way!

Glory to God!

So ... this "woman at the well" as we often call her ... came to Jacob's well thirsty and needy.  Yet she left the area that day, forgetting her earthly waterpot, having been overwhelmed by the Living Water of God!

One Preacher said that she came "looking for the well," but left carrying "The Well" deep within her soul!

She got saved!

Anyone thirsty?

That precious Water is still available!

In Revelation 22:17 we are told:  "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

That's the last "invitation" in the Bible!

And it's still talking about That Water!

                                                                                      --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 13:

The woman who met Jesus at Jacob's Well, near the little town of Sychar, was quite talkative!

In fact, she was much more so than Nicodemus, whose story John told one chapter earlier.

She had much to say about nearly every subject discussed, except one!

Her sin!

When Jesus asked her to go get her husband, she only said:  "I have no husband."  John 4:17

That's the quickest comment she made!

We don't like to talk about OUR OWN sin, do we?

At best her brief reply was ambiguous!

Perhaps she was even trying to deceive the Lord!

Either way, Jesus clarified the issue.

"Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: for thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly."  John 4:17-18

By the way, in John's Gospel ... which emphasizes Jesus as God the Son ... our Lord knows everything!  He knew Lazarus was dead even before returning to Bethany!  He knew how to feed the 5,000 ... before asking Philip!  He knew well in advance about His approaching arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial and resurrection! And He even is said to have known all His sheep ... by name!  Yes!

Jesus' omniscience stunned this lady!

She was bluntly confronted with her own sin!

She was living in adultery!

She had collected "a passing parade of husbands!"

And now she stood "silently" before the Son of God!

Jesus, being sinless, had so revealed the woman's wicked past ... that "her mouth was stopped!"

That was exactly Paul's goal in using so much Scripture in Romans chapters one through three!

To prove that all mankind was lost in sin!

Without any hope but Christ!

"Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God."   Romans 3:19

No one will ever be saved until he or she stands before the Lord God Almighty ... silently, knowing he deserves Hell and all its fire ... realizing he is filled with sin and rebellion ... and ready to trust Jesus!

Have YOU ever come to that point?

Sinful and silent before the Saviour?

If so ... with just a bit of true faith added ... He will save your soul!

Yes, He will.

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 14:

When it comes to real soul-winning, the Holy Spirit is the Expert!

In John chapter four when Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman, He first told her of living water.  Next He dramatically exposed her sin (five husbands)! Gently our Lord was leading her to the "wells of salvation" as described by Isaiah.

But ... then ... she did something.

She began a discussion about where to worship.

Let's listen:

"The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship."  John 4:19-20

It looks like she has introduced a "detour" into the conversation!

Instead of immediate belief unto salvation ... a theological question is posed!

You see, the Samaritans had been taught to worship at Mount Gerizim, which was clearly visible from Jacob's well there.  While the Jews worshipped at the Temple in Jerusalem.

Is this lady trying to begin an argument?  A Jew-Samaritan issue?

I used to think so.

I have even preached that she was trying to side-track Jesus.

But, as I've studied this text in the past few days, I've seen something anew. 

Once the woman recognized Jesus was indeed "greater than Jacob" (back in verse 12) and was able to give "living water" (verses 10, 11, 14 and 15) ... she wanted to know where to WORSHIP! 

Not WHERE to worship in an argumentative sense, but where to WORSHIP in a spiritual sense!

Here question involves a lot more than geography now!

She is beginning to see that Jesus is God!

A need to worship is developing!

And that's why Jesus answers her question so fully!

In fact, He tells her things right here that I'm not sure He's even taught His Disciples yet!

"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he."  John 4:21-26

Wow!

After all, once a person truly knows Who Jesus is ... the only proper response remaining is WORSHIP!

Also note that this conversation opened with "Our fathers said ...."  But now she wants to know WHAT JESUS SAYS!  That's a big change!

Now ... back to my opening statement today: "When it comes to real soul-winning, the Holy Spirit is the Expert!"

See what I mean?

The Holy Spirit has led this lady through the WHERE of worship to get her to the WHO of worship!

Her "where" question was normal and logical for one who wanted to get serious exalting the Messiah!

She just need a bit more Truth ... which Jesus was about to give her!

Again, "The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. John 4:25-26

Jesus literally said to her:  Lady, "I AM!"

I have a feeling that Salvation is about to come to her house ... as it did to that little short man Zacchaeus long ago!

Truly Jesus, via the Power of the Holy Spirit, is about to "win" another soul!

(Proverbs 11:30 which talks about "he that winneth souls," uses a verb for "winneth" that means "to capture, to seize or to lay hold of!"  And the Holy Spirit is adept at such "drawing" of sinners!  John 6:44 also says God "draws" sinners!)

What I thought was a decoy ... may have been the next step in the Spirit's wooing of this woman, gently leading her to Christ Jesus our Lord!

What a skilled and masterful Executive He is!

Amen!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 15:

In John 4:24 Jesus used the word "must" in a critically important statement.

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

That Greek verb is "dei" and means absolutely necessary!

Obviously one thing Jesus is teaching here is the fact that there is a right way to worship God ... only one right way in fact!

It's essential that He be worshiped "in spirit and in truth!"

"Spirit" being a reference to the Holy Spirit of God, Who motivates all true worship.  And "Truth" surely is a term here used for the Word of God, the Bible itself.

Also the number (number is a verb property that indicates whether the conjugated forms are singular or plural) of the verbs used here is significant. In our verse the first occurrence of the word "worship" (as a participle) is plural, speaking of a body of believers.  But the word "must" is carefully formed as a third person singular verb ... revealing that true worship ... even at church ... must be an individual matter!

Be sure YOU are worshipping Him today, dear friend!  Don't be just a passive member of the crowd!

It is amazing what Truth Jesus can pack into a short sentence!  (It reminds me somewhat of the power He has packed into a small atom!  Jesus is The Creator you know!)

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

Then I wondered ... are there any other "musts" in John's Gospel?  Precious words framed particularly by the lips of our Saviour?

There are!

Let me share them with you:

In John 3:7 Jesus said to Nicodemus:  "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

And in John 3:14-15 Jesus adds:  "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."

And a "hint" at how seriously Jesus took His Mission from the Father:  "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."  John 9:4

Jesus just had to win souls also!  "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."  John 10:16

And if His Death was a "must," so would His Resurrection be!  "For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead."  John 20:9

What a list!

Even more so, what a Lord!

He took His Office as Saviour very seriously, even as a necessity!

And that's why sinners today can be saved ... and go to heaven to be with their Redeemer ... for evermore!

Praise His Name!

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 16:

In John's Gospel our Lord loves to use this expression:  "I AM!"

John 4:25-26, for example, records:  "The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he."

See it?

"I AM!"

The "woman" of course is the Samaritan lady who met Jesus at Jacob's Well.

She well knew that Messiah, the Anointed One of God, was coming some day.

What she did not yet know was the fact that He stood in front of her that very moment!

But, don't worry, Jesus told her!

"I That speak unto thee am He!"

The Greek Text from which our King James Translators worked (the Textus Receptus by name ... or Received Text) uses this exact phrase:  "Ego eimi!"

Jesus said:  "I AM!"

The verb "eimi" is in the present tense indicative active 1st person singular form here.  Jesus is!  He eternally is!  And a billion years from now Jesus still will be saying:  "I AM!"

By the way, that's God's great Name:  "I AM!"

Messiah is God!

Christ is God!

The Man at the Well here is God!

Jesus is God!

He is the "I AM!"

This is the Name by which He identified Himself to Moses 3500 years ago! 

Read with me Exodus 3:13-14.  "And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."

Again, that's God the Son!

If you're having trouble seeing Jesus prior to His earthly birth ... just read John 8:58 where:  "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."

That "I AM" statement brought forth stones ... to kill Jesus!  "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." John 8:59

This "I AM" statement in John 4 brought salvation to a lost sinner lady!

At Jesus' arrest in John 18, with over 600 soldiers gathered against Him, He simply spoke "I AM" ... and they all fell backwards under the Power of His mighty Words!  "Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground."  John 18:4-6

Here are Jesus' "I AM" statement in John's Gospel alone:

John 6:35 --- "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."

John 8:12 --- "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

John 10:7 --- "Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep."

John 10:11 --- "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."

John 11:25 --- "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."

John 14:6 --- "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

John 15:1 --- "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman."

Wow!

There are 7 of them!

With His beautiful "I AM" statement ... Jesus finished talking to the lady!  Nothing else is said!

Again here's His final declaration:  "The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he."

That last "I AM" was so powerful that the lady ran home (nearly two miles) ... without her waterpot ... and began telling others about the Lord!

I truly believe she got saved!

Also ... if you count them ... Jesus spoke to her a total of seven times!

And that perfect communion from our Lord deeply shot the arrow of conviction into her soul ... soon bringing faith and belief in His Name!

She was as much saved as was Saul of Tarsus!

"And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?  Then they went out of the city, and came unto him."  John 4:27-30

She believed unto salvation!

And ... more good news ... Jesus still to this very day saves old sinners!

Are you saved?

                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 17:

In John chapter 4 a Samaritan woman, lost in her sins, met Jesus!

I mean she met Him as the Saviour of her soul!

She got so excited about the Lord!

"The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?"  John 4:28-29

Look at two or three "proofs" here of her salvation!

She forgot the earthly things that brought her to the Well!  Her waterpot, left behind, no longer mattered!  She had found Everlasting Water!

She wanted others to know about Jesus too!  She immediately started witnessing, telling men about the marvelous Son of God!

She re-emphasized her faith in Christ!  "Is not this the Christ?"  The implied answer is a definite YES!

Also note that she had no doubt about His omniscience either!  "He told me all things that ever I did!"  Once one is saved, he or she seeks to exalt Christ, not dethrone Him!

But let's look a little further in this Bible account. 

"And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; and said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."  John 4:39-42

The woman got saved.  That was "fruit" for Jesus that day!

Then "many" Samaritans got saved!  That was even "more fruit!"

Yet again we are told "many more" believed too!  Now that was "much fruit!"

And that's the exact order in which Jesus says it will happen ... according to John 15! 

Watch carefully:

"Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."  John 15:2

First is "fruit!"

Then ... "more fruit!"

Again John records the Lord:  "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."  John 15:5

There's "much fruit!"

Amazing!

Fruit ... more fruit ... much fruit!

Revival has come to Samaria, of all places!

Also did you notice that these new believers did not want Jesus to leave?

"They besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days." 

That's another pretty good sign of true salvation, a genuine and deep love for the Lord!

Do YOU enjoy being around Jesus?

And, lastly, like the proverbial "icing on the cake," the Passage ends with a clear declaration of the deity and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ!

"We have heard Him ourselves, and know that This is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."   John 4:42

The Samaritans had "believed unto salvation!"

And, sinner friend, since Jesus is "the Saviour of the world" ... it seems to me that He could even now reach down and touch you ... as you exercise saving faith in His dear Name!

Indeed, as the old song used to say:  "Christ receiveth sinful men" ... and women!

                                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

THIS COMPLETES THE SERIES ON JOHN 4, THE WOMAN AT THE WELL!  OUR PRAYER IS THAT IT HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO YOUR SOUL!

 

 

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