Chapter 4 34-38
The text we read today is the longest conversation Jesus shared in the four Gospels. Today's conversation with Jesus was an unnamed woman. John called her a Samaritan woman. The origin of the Samaritan was a subject of much controversy at the time. We learn about them during the conquest of Israel by the Assyrians and the Babylonians.
Foreigners began to settle in Israel after the war. And there were many marriages between them. As a result, mixed-race people were born. At the time of Jesus, the mixed blood was considered impure, corrupt, and unclean. The Samaritans also wanted to add strength when attempting to build a second temple in the history of Israel. However, their proposal was immediately rejected. Since then, the loss of the Samaritans has developed. It continued until the time of Jesus.
In Luke 9: 51-56, Jesus traveled from Galilee in the north to Jerusalem in the south to attend the Passover. He sent messengers ahead to prepare food and lodging. But the Samaritans there refused to treat these Jews. They did not understand the pilgrims who wanted to go to Jerusalem to worship. When the messenger reported this, James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"
And Jesus and his disciples arrived at a spot close to Jacob's well after almost Samaria. The disciples left Jesus and went into town to buy food. In that well, Jesus met a Samaritan woman who was indeed an adulterer. Jesus told her about sin and the living water that would satisfy her thirst, and after a while Jesus made her a child of heaven.
When the disciples came back to Jesus for food, they saw a totally different Jesus. They left Jesus tired but they found him invigorated. They left Jesus hot and hungry, but he was fully restored and no longer thirsty.
In verse 32 he said to his disciples: "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
As always, at first the disciples did not understand what Jesus said. Then Jesus continued to say in verse 34: "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
Jesus told us what his favorite food is. His appetizer was the word of God. You remember Jesus fasting forty days in the wilderness. He could not eat any kind of food. He was able to turn the rock into fresh hot bread baked in the oven in the sky. But he said:
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4: 4)
Now his main course was God 's will. Jesus said, "My food is to do the will of him and me to finish his work." (4:34)
From the manger to Calvary, the passion for Jesus' life was to do only the Father's will.
As he began his ministry, he declared one fact very clearly.
He said: John 5: 30, "I do not seek my own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me."
He again said: John 6: 38, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”
Three years later, in front of the cross, he was kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane and praying sweating all night to carry the sins of the world on his shoulders. Then he prayed like this.
"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26: 39)
Now you might have noticed that Jesus is in the last minute desiring food. To him the food was God's will.
One sign that your body is healthy is that you are craving food. The sign that the soul is healthy is the hunger you want to do God's will. Just as a hungry person is looking for food, and I hope you will yearn for God's will.
The only source of contentment for God's children, the only place of peace, the only refuge for happiness is God's will.
A fish out of water will not be happy. God caused the fish to swim.
A bird in a cage will not be happy. God has caused the bird to fly.
A man in rebellion will not be happy. Because God called to do His will.
Jesus enjoyed his food course. His appetizer was the word of God, his main dish was God's will, and his dessert was God's work.
He said, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
When Jesus was alive, He accomplished His will and finished His work before He died.
He said in John's Gospel: 17: 4, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”
We must also eat the Word of God. We must find God's will. And we must be able to finish God's work. There is one thing we all have to finish, that is the harvest of souls for the kingdom.
Jesus continued to teach His disciples specifically what God's will be. It is in John 4:35: “Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest?' I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
Now it took four months from the time of sowing normally. But Jesus said that the harvest is always now.
One morning, there was a farmer who chime the clock to awaken himself at dawn.
But when it was time to get up, the clock did not chime and the farmer kept sleeping hard. His wife realized that the time had to get up and shook her husband and said, "Honey, get up, it's too late to get up!" It is the same word applied at the harvest.
In Romans 13 Paul said:
“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”
Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord in the vision of the harvest: "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" (Isaiah 6: 8))
The fields are all white, and if you do not harvest, the grain will begin to decay.
But the problem is not that the grain is ripe but the farmers cannot see it.
So Jesus said: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
The CEO of a company has invited all the salesmen of the company to meet with them to have a greater vision for their company. The CEO had installed a big white chalkboard in the meeting room. And he had drawn a black circle about the size of a quarter in the middle of the chalkboard. He asked a salesman to tell him what he saw on the board.
The first salesman said "I see a black dot". The CEO invited the second person to ask the same question, and the salesman also replied, "I see a black dot." And the third, fourth ... Finally, all of the dozens of salesmen sitting in the conference room, I see a black dot."
Finally, the CEO said: "Isn't it strange that all of you saw the black dot, but none of you saw the white all around it."
If you are a school teacher, do you see only students in the classroom? Or do you see white fields to harvest?
If you are a businessman, do you see only employees at work, or do you see white fields to harvest?
If you are a coach, do you see only athletes in the gym? Or do you see white fields to harvest?
If you are a student, do you see only classmates at school? Or do you see white fields to harvest?
I believe that Jesus showed us as an example of evangelism. He shows us how to convey the good news of the Gospel.
1. First, Jesus transcends the boundaries of discriminating, separating, and alienating humans. He continued to adventure into Samaria without being welcomed there. The disciples insisted that the religion of Jesus would be polluted there. Nevertheless, he entered Samaria.
2. Second, he practiced his sermon: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life:” (John 3: 16).
It is a world that includes women, Samaria, and ethnic groups. Jesus asked her to drink. He expressed respect for her by telling him what he needs. What better way to say respect to a stranger? Can you say this too? "Can you have a glass of water?"
3. Third, he met the truth with her.
Jesus said to her, "Go and call your husband to come."
"I do not have a husband."
"You've been married five times, and now you're not your husband, are you?"
We tend to easily reach the conclusion that she is an immoral woman. Her husband may have died. It could be the Leverite law has forced the closest relatives of her husbands to assume responsibility for the widow. She may have been treated as an attachment to a man she does not want. Now she wants to break up with a man who does not want to marry anymore. Her life was like an orphan, and she would have been burdened with another misfortune in the previous misfortune.
Nobody wanted to understand her though. Other women in the village also avoided her. It is no wonder, then, that she came to the water alone in the heat of noon to avoid others.
4. Fourth, Jesus connected her with the love of God.
What can you do when someone is protesting you? You change the subject. This woman also changed the subject of the topic: “You Jews worship in Jerusalem. We worship on Mt. Gerizim. Who’s right?”
Jesus answered her: “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know.” (4: 22)
She continued to say: “Messiah called Christ comes, he will explain everything to us." (4: 25)
5. Fifth, evangelism breeds itself.
Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he:"
Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"
Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people.
"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"
The best evangelism is to invite people to worship. The gospel came to the Samaritans. They believed. The Samaritans who rejected Jesus in the beginning received the preaching of the Samaritan woman and invited Jesus and his disciples to stay for two days. The kingdom of God came to Samaria. The barrier has collapsed. Strangers have become friends. The dinner was fun. They worshiped God with spirit and truth. God was glorified.
The fields of the world are left white all over. Even though the gospel has been preached for the past 2,000 years, there are still 30% of the world's population who have never heard the Gospel. More than half of the world's population has never heard of Jesus' first coming. More than 80% of Muslims have not heard the Gospel. Two of the three living on this planet have never once preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in their entire life.
A Scottish botanist went out into the field to study a very small plant called a heatherbelle, kneeling in front of the plant and looking over his eyes for over two hours with a magnifying glass.
The botanist found an old shepherd passing by and shouted, "Come and see." The shepherd walked in there. The botanist put a magnifying glass in his hand and said, "Look at this,"
The shepherd admired the exquisite beauty of the little heatherbelle.
And he shed tears and said, "oh to think how many of those I have trampled under my feet, and I never even knew they were there."
I wonder how much you and I would have trampled on the grain to harvest without knowing that they were there.
This is what we are asking now. Why should we be part of the harvest?
Jesus said this, “even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” (4: 36)
Here the term crop refers to grains or trees taken from a tree that have been brought to the barn.
In the Old Testament it was called "sheaves."
Jesus said that these crops are "for eternal life." Whenever you share the gospel, whenever someone receives Jesus Christ, you save crops of eternal life in God's storehouse. It does not rot, it transcends time, it cannot be destroyed by the grasshopper of life, and these crops are stored forever.
But we should not for reward do this. We do this because we love the Lord Jesus. But when we do this by loving Jesus, he rewards us, and God pays top wages.
Jesus also said: "Thus the saying `One sows and another reaps' is true.” (4: 37)
It is not always possible to harvest. You have only sown seeds. But God remembers and rewards everything you plant and harvest.
The work of the farmer is greatly sowing and reaping. God wants us all to do these two things. I hope you will sow diligently. Also, please be fruitful like Jesus.
He wants us to be a faithful farmer, to sow seed and to bear fruit. It is always difficult to get a soul, but the Lord is with you. Now I want you and me to be reaping life. I hope to be the life you are preaching. I hope you will be the life of get soul.