We continue in the Gospel of John chapter 4. The story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well of Jacob. Studying the scripture closer you will find a deeper understanding of this encounter with this woman. Part 2
Just as with Nicodemus and spiritual birth, now Jesus is speaking to someone else, in this case about water, using this as an earthly metaphor for spiritual life. And like Nicodemus, Jesus addresses this woman who is captive in a false religious system of worship, a false religion. He’s calling her to know the true God, to seek the truth and put aside the myths and false creeds. Jesus says she’s missing an important opportunity because she lacks two things. Notice these two things He says are holding her back from knowing the truth. Things that are closely related. Continue reading
Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John we see the appearance of a new character. It begins with a conversation between Jesus and a woman of questionable character. The Samaritan Woman.
Let’s begin in verse 1…
John 4:1-4 (NKJV)
a Samaritan Meets Her Messiah
4 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
The chapter picks up at the end of the events in chapter 3, with Jesus still in Judea, preparing to leave for the Galilee. Jesus is leaving we’re told because the Pharisees had heard Jesus was baptizing even more than John the Baptist. As we mentioned earlier, it was Jesus’ disciples who were doing the baptizing, not Jesus. But regardless, the Pharisees were increasingly worried about Jesus’ growing popularity and they think He is going to become a danger to their power. Samaritan Woman Continue reading
We pick back up in the Gospel of John on the fourth day of Jesus’ first week of ministry with Philip finding Nathaniel and telling him about the arrival of the Messiah.
Philip tells him he has found the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph. Which Nathaniel, in turn, asks could anything good could come out of Nazareth? Philip responds, come and see. And Nathaniel chooses to come to Jesus. Notice Jesus did not come to Nathaniel. Nathaniel had to come to Jesus. Nathaniel had to make a decision to come to Jesus so that He could have that experience of knowing Him. Then as the encounter begins, Jesus initiates the conversation. Continue reading