Text: St John 4 4-14 (NASB)
When we think upon the Providence of God, his ability to move in and through history, it is wonderful; because God has a way of working in our lives to bring us to the point of a breakthrough. There are many people who would believe that they are in church; because they were taught that: "they need alittle God in their life, but the reality is simply: God placed us in a specific place for a purpose." Every individual is born with a sense of purpose and destiny. Many times it may not look like it; because of our background. However, it is not the background that makes us, but it is the fact that God uses our situations to create an opportunity to bring us to a place where he can be glorified in our life. This passage which was selected for your consideration will teach us this valuable lesson.
. Saint John 20:30-31 indicate that Christ performed a variety of miracles during his earthly ministry, but the miracles that are noted in his book are to enhance the faith of those who would come to Christ. There are many people who rely on what they empirical to be the starting ground for their faith, but the Christian who embraces Christ must understand that faith begins in the natural, but must extend beyond the natural into the supernatural in order to obtain the blessings that are offered to them by God. The Gospel of John allows us to understand that our Deliverance is not some Sunday night program that we reserve to give people assurance in something that has not happened, but Deliverance is found in the fact that Jesus is the Christ, and he has the power to transform our live, to the Praise and Glory of his name.
It is in this passage that we find Jesus on a another purposeful mission to bring salvation and redemption in the lives of those who he encounters. It is important to note that: no life came remain the same of Jesus stops. To my sad regret, many people become stuck where they are spiritually; because they feel this all they have known, and they cannot go any further, but the Lord is a Liberator, and this passage of scripture will demonstrate his ability to bring peace, redemption, and freedom in the lives of people who come to him by faith in him.
Incident that Brings Deliverance: (4-6) Jesus, according to the gospel writer, is on his way to Galilee. Jesus does something that is totally counter-cultural. He goes into Samaritan territory. Historically, the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans because these people were a mixture of Jews and other cultural background. This was strike one for Jesus, but he also speaks to a women, which also went against the cultural norm, but the text makes this clea.
And he had to pass through Samaria (Spiros Zodhiates)
This passage denotes that Jesus was passing through for a purpose. He was tired but he also had a purpose in going to this Samaritan city. There are many times in our life when we are not cognitive of the purposes of God in our lives. There are many times when the Lord will use us to be an instrument of Deliverance. There is no one person that has a ministry of deliverance. If you are saved, you be able by the power of God to aid someone in their deliverance experience. The text further suggest:
So he came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the parcel of Ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. And Jacob’s well was there. Jesus thereof, being wearied from his journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. (Spiros Zodhiates)
Note, Jesus comes to a place in the hot afternoon to; because he is wearied from the Journey, but he knew within his Spirit that he had a purpose of sitting on this well. It is amazing where our Deliverance finds us. It is strange; because it would seem that Jesus being a Jew would go to Jerusalem, but he comes to a place where nobody else will think to go in the hot afternoon. Isn’t that like our Lord, he will meet us where nobody else will. The beginning of the seventh suggests:
There came a woman of Samaria. (Spiros Zodhiates)
Jesus meets this women at the well. This is a beatiful symbol. A women who is an outcast because of her social standing in society. She is frowned upon by all the ladies in town, and she is considered by most men to be easy. Yet Jesus comes, at the right time, to bring her a new sense of purpose. It does not matter where you find yourself in life, Jesus iis ready to meet you wherever you find yourself.
Issue used as instrument for delivereance (7-9) It is amazing to discover in life that God will use the meaningless things in life to bring us close to him. The reality is, many people did not find Christ in the church, but rather, we found him in those things that we thought did not provide meaning in our life. The text makes this clear:
There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to here “Give me a Drink.” (Spiros Zodhiates)
This woman had a waterpot, which occasied her encounter with Jesus. That is amazing, God will use whatever he needs to get our attention. This is the reason why we can’t beat folk up mentally because they do not look like, nor act like us. This woman came just as she was, and the Lord was able to give her what she needed. Noticed the text suggests.
For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman therefore said to him, “ How is it that you, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans
Many times Chrsit will use the litte things in our possession to bring us on his level. Those who work in Ministry must be careful, and understand that everybody has their own bagging, and we must throw them out because they do; because we all have had our issues that we have had to deal with.
Ignorance of the Source of her Deliverance: (10-12) This woman was not cognitve that her source of hope was standing in front of her. This is the case of many people. The Lord is in the room, but we are not aware of him. However, Jesus did not beat here down, but he worked with her until she finally got it. The text suggest these words:
Jesus answered and said to her, “ if you knew the gift of God , and who its is who says to you, “give me a drink” youwould have asked Him, and he would hyave given you living water,”
Jesus exposes her to the reality that the water that he has is greater and would provide more life, then any other substances. This woman begins to become antogonistic and says:
She said to Him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? You are not greater than our fatherJacob , are you, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself, and his sons , and his cattle. (Spiros Zodhiates)
This woman misunderstands the comments of Jesus, but he never gives up on her; beause he is determined to make her life a living witness of his transforming power. We must Judge fold becaue they are not where we are, or because they come to Church in a none tradional matter. Deliverance is an inner-process that takes place of time. Jesus makes this clear about this water:
Jesus answered and said to her, everyone who drinks of ths water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall givehim shall never thrist; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. (Spiros Zodhiates)
This is the goal of Deliverance, to bring people to a place where there lives become a continuous well that provides life for themsleves and those whom we come into contact with. After Jesus met her needs, she went forth and spoke this news throughout out her town.