The Omniscient (all-knowing) Jesus! John 4:15-30

Text:  Come see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ?                                                                                                            John 4:29.

          For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth (knows, and continues to know) all things."
1 John 3:20.

Good morning, well known Christian!  You and I are well known by many of our social contemporaries.  In the workplace; in the communities in which we live; in church congregations - nationally and internationally - we may be well known.  However, we must at all time try to remember that there is One Who knows us infinitely more; infinitely more than ever we could even know ourselves!  That all knowing One is our Saviour, Jesus the risen Christ.

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee…”  (Jeremiah 1:5)

Definition of Omniscience: (noun) Knowledge of all things; (adjective) Omniscient:  All knowing.  (The Chambers Dictionary page 1132)

Our Bible selection from Johns Gospel today reveals many great truths that a light reading of such Scriptures might miss.  Lets look at some of these truths and gain more faith to serve the risen Lord Jesus.  (Romans 10:17)

Thirst Created:  (V.15)  In verse fifteen we see that Christ had created a positive thirst for knowledge of ‘…everlasting life…’ by his interaction with the Samaritan woman.  We too should seek to create such a thirst for truth in our day to day interactions with other precious souls yet unsaved.  Salty Christians serve God well in creating such Eternal thirst.

Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?  It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  (Matthew 5:13)

Christs Testing: (V.16)  In verse sixteen we see Christ, Who knows all things, testing the Samaritan woman, perhaps to see if she was going to be open and honest to what He had to discuss with her concerning the state of her immortal soul.  God tests the unsaved, and the saved daily.

For Thou, O God, hast proved (tested) us; Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.  Thou broughtest us into the net; Thou laidst affliction upon our loins.  Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. (Psalm 66:10-12) Hallelujah!  Jesus always brings us victoriously through!

Human Guile: (V.17)  Guile is defined as deceit, cunning, craftiness, etc.  It comes with every natural born sinner, because we are indeed born natural sinners.  We do not have to teach a little child how to be deceitful; to tell lies; to be disobedient - children of the flesh do all these things NATURALLY.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…”   (John 8:44)

The woman therefore tried to deceive the Lord Jesus, she told him that she had, ‘…no husband…’; but the all-knowing Jesus soon exposed her true position in life, ‘…thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband…’ We cannot hide our sins from an all-knowing Lord God.

Ducking & Diving:  (V.19-20)  When faced with the truth, the woman immediately began to do what many of us have done in similar circumstances - she began to duck and dive to try to evade the truth.  Adam and Eve tried this tactic in the Garden of Eden to try to hide from the fact of their sins.  We cannot prosper by hiding our sins.  (Genesis 3:9-13)

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.  (Proverbs 28:13)

Tradition Vs Truth: (Vs.20-24)  These verses reveal a debate between traditions and truth.  The woman wanted to argue about traditions, the Lord desired to set forth the truth.  Religious rituals and traditions mean nothing.  The truth, found only in Christ Jesus, and in His Word, means the difference between suffering in eternal darkness or basking in Gods ethereal light.  Choose truth and live.

God-given Faith:  (Vs.25-30)  These verses reveal a clear pattern of Christian belief and Eternal Salvation.  The woman heard the Truth speaking the truth; she received saving faith by hearing the truth; Jesus personally revealed Himself to her as the long-awaited, all-knowing Christ; the woman received His Word; dropped everything; and ‘…went her way into the city, and saithCome, see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did; is this not the Christ?  Hallelujah!  The woman was saved to serve Christ Jesus.

Thought:  Praise the Lord God Who knows us infinitely better than what we know ourselves – yet, in spite of all our faults, still loves us infinitely.

The Woman at the Well John 4:4-14

Text:  “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price…Incline your ear, and come unto Me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”
                                                                                                        Isaiah 55:1-3.

Good morning, Spiritually thirsty Christian!  You are a Spiritually thirsty Christian, because the Lord God in His absolute Sovereignty has ‘…created…’ you ‘…in Christ Jesus…’ to be so.  Oh the wonder of God’s grace!  Thank you, dear Father in Heaven, for this great Salvation!

We were BORN natural born sinners of woman and, as natural sinners, on our way to a sinner’s Hell.  However, the Lord God in His Sovereign grace determined to make us Spiritually thirsty for Salvation, and recreated us - Spiritually regenerated our dead spirits - by His own quickening and creating power.  Wow!  Now, this is something to get very excited about, thirsty Christian!  Hallelujah!  Jesus saves!  Come and drink of Him!

“For we (born again believers) are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Now, being born again from Above of God the Spirit, through the merits of Christ’s sufferings and death alone - we are made continually thirsty for true and close fellowship with the Heavenly Father Who has adopted us into His Spiritually regenerate family, the Church.  (See the doctrine of Adoption on our website)

As the Psalmist was inspired of God to write: 

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God, for the Living God; when shall I come and appear before God?”   (Psalm 42:1-2)

We thirst continually to be in close fellowship with the Lord Who loved us and delivered us from all our sins; we thirst also to be in constant close fellowship with ‘…them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.’  (2 Peter 1:1)

The motivation for my writing this Bible exposition in Northern Ireland today, and your reading of it internationally when, by God’s grace, I send it out - is that we might share true Christian FELLOWSHIP, with the Lord God Who saved us, and with kindred spirits that have been similarly redeemed by the precious and sinless Blood of Christ Jesus the Lamb of God.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”   (1 John 1:3-4) 

In our Bible passage for today we see the Lord Jesus has travelled from Judaea by Galilee unto Samaria, to a city called Sychar where a long established well of water stood. (Vs.3-5)

In His humanity, Jesus was therefore physically weary and understandably quite thirsty.  So what did Jesus do?  (WWJD?)

The Lord used the occasion of His own thirst for a drink of water to witness to a Samaritan woman who would have been traditionally alienated from Him, on account of Him being a Jew.  The womans immortal soul was more important to Christ Jesus than adhering to any manmade tradition!

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.  (Proverbs 11:30)

Jesus also broke the ice and  made the first move of contact!  He asked the woman for a drink of water to ease His thirst.  What a privilege of service!

The Lord then immediately introduced the Gospel message and set the topic of interaction with the Samaritan woman:  ‘…Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; but whosever 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 4:13-14)

Christ Jesus created the Spiritual thirst in the Samaritan woman at the well.  She had gone to the well to fulfill a menial and no doubt boring and tiresome task.  Yet, by Gods grace, encountered the Living Water of Christ Jesus and was, as we shall see next lesson, gloriously saved and used in Christs service to bring other precious souls to Him for Salvation.  Glory to God in Christ!

Thought:  Create Eternal thirst - bring souls to the Living Water today! 

The Humanity of Jesus! John 4:1-6

Text:  “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself (the resurrected Christ Jesus); handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.”
                                                                                                           Luke 24:39.

          “Wherefore when He (Christ Jesus) cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldst not, but a Body hast Thou prepared Me…by the which…we are sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
                                                                                                 Hebrews 10:5-12.

Good morning, believing Christian!  You have been given God’s gift of true believing faith, thus you exercise this great gift daily when studying the Scriptures, and digest God’s truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.  Praise God, you do well, true Christian friend.

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”  (Romans 1:17) (Habakkuk 2:4)

The Humanity of Christ:  The humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ is the doctrine that declares that the Lord Jesus had a true human body and a reasonable human soul. 

He is called ‘…the seed of the woman…’ (Genesis 3:15)

He was ‘…the seed of David…’  (Romans 1:3)

He was called a ‘…man…’  (1 Timothy 2:5)

One of His titles is ‘…the Son of Man…’  (Matthew 13:37)

Yet, sadly not all who read about the Lord Jesus believe in His true humanity!  Of course, not all have been given God’s gift of believing faith!

“He had a true human body.  This was plainly laid down by the inspired apostles in opposition to some Gnostics, the Docetae, who held that the body of Christ was merely a phantom and not real flesh and blood.  Matthew 24:39; John 20:27, and many other Scriptures destroy such  a myth.

“He had a reasonable soul.  This contradicts the ancient heresy of Apollinariansim.  (See Matthew 26:38; Mark 6:6; Matthew 8:10; Luke 7:9)

“Sorrow and wonder are rational emotions, proper to man, but not to God.”  (Shedd)  I.e., they are positive proof that the Lord Jesus had a true human soul.”  (Dictionary of Theological Terms by Alan Cairns page 179, published by Ambassador Productions, Ltd)

Bible scholars like thee and me who have been graciously granted God’s gift of genuine Christian faith, have only to read verse six of today’s selected Journey in John’s Gospel to fully accept the truth of Christ’s humanity.  We don’t need to be accomplished theologians, nor highly educated theological professors to know for certain the Divine truths we read. Praise God it is so!

God’s Word says it - we accept it as His truth.  Amen - it is truth, Lord God!  (John 17:17)

“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.”  (John 4:6)

Would the Almighty Lord God in His Divinity alone be ‘…wearied…’ with such a puny journey?  Would He Who Created the universe, the earth, and all Creation in a mere six days allow a journey from Judaea to Galilee to sap His omnipotent strength?  I think not. 

It was the human nature of Christ Jesus that felt the exact same weariness that you and I would feel in the circumstances.  We have been redeemed by the God-man - Jesus Christ - Who can relate and sympathise with every human feeling and failing we have for, in His incarnation, He was truly human as well as truly Divine.  Glory to His altogether lovely Name!

“For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore (knowing the humanity of Christ Jesus) come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:15-16) (John 14:18)

Jesus thirsted; Jesus hungered; Jesus grew weary; Jesus wept; Jesus rejoiced; Jesus was tempted more than any man; Jesus suffered infinite sufferings - praise God, He suffered for you and for me!  Can anyone doubt therefore, the true humanity of our beloved Saviour, Christ Jesus?  Even the devils believe and tremble in fear.  Glory to the God-man, Jesus the risen Christ!

Thought: God became man that man might become as God - hallelujah!