Jesus' Purpose in Coming John 4:31-34

Text:  Jesus saith unto them (the disciples), My meat is to do the will of Him (God the Father) that sent Me, and to finish His work.’”
John 4:34.

          Then said I (Christ Jesus), Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me, I delight to do Thy (The Fathers) will, O My God; yea, Thy law is within My heart.  I have preached righteousness in the great congregation; lo, I have not refrained My lips, O Lord, Thou knowest.’”
                                                                                                         Psalm 40:7-9.

Good morning, willing Christian!  Made willing to be Eternally saved by the God the Spirit, you and I must always take care to remain willing to serve the Living Lord Jesus.  May we also always earnestly pray, ‘…Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven…’ - for when Gods Sovereign will is done on earth as it is continually done in Heaven, we who belong to Jesus find perfect peace and joy unspeakable.  Hallelujah!  Gods will be done!  Amen.

Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.    (Matthew 6:10)

And this is the Fathers will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth (trusts and keeps right on trusting) on Him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  (John 6:39-40)

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, God the Eternal Son, knew that doing the will of God the Father was of absolute vital importance - infinitely more important that eating His necessary food!  (V. 34)

If Christ Jesus, God of very God, knew this to be His vital need and purpose - how much more should we mere sinners understand and seek to do the will of our Sovereign Lord God? 

But, how can I know the will of God for my personal life?, I hear you ask, How can I find what Gods will is for my Christian life daily?

Gods will for mankind is revealed in the Word of God, our Holy Bibles.  If we are sincerely seeking to both know and do the revealed will of God - we shall be diligent to search for the will of God in our Bibles daily.  Simple as that, my friend. 

The person that professes to be a Christian must seek to know Gods will for our everyday lives of service to Christ Jesus, and continually determine to faithfully do Gods will.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15)

But He (Christ Jesus) said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.’”  (Luke 11:28)

On the other hand, just look at the Divine satisfaction the Lord Jesus gained from His fellowship with God the Father.  He desired that goal as His daily meat rather than eating mere physically necessary food.  (V.32)

Old Job treasured this wisdom in his daily life, and so should you and I!

My foot hath held His steps, His way have I kept, and not declined.  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.  (Job 23:11-12)

Long term Christian commitment and service would be utterly impossible to sustain without experiencing - in a personal capacity - the depth of Spiritual satisfaction inherent in faithfully seeking to do the will of God Almighty.  There is nothing that produces a similar contentment in the regenerate soul.  There is nothing like the Lords Well done. 

His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servantenter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’”  (Matthew 25:21)

Todays Bible passage therefore teaches us clearly that Christ Jesus entire purpose for coming among us was to do God the Fathers Divine will.  He came as a babe to the manger; He lived a sinless life for over thirty-three years; He revealed Himself as God with all power; He willingly went to a cruel Cross to suffer and die - the innocent for the guilty.  What a Saviour!

With this clear lesson in mind, let us who profess Christs Name seek to more faithfully follow Him and be genuine in seeking to fulfill Gods will in our lives - and all to the greater glory of our Saviour, King Jesus.

Thought:  Run the race; Fight the fight; finish the course; keep the faith!

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!