The Only Way to God
A Sermon on John 4:27-38
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” (ESV)
In Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well we see the outworking of God’s great plan of salvation. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones unfolds the words of Jesus Christ who boldly proclaims to the women that He is the living water and the source of eternal life. He says that this is the father’s mission and the very reason he came into the world. Jesus has come to bring redemption to the whole world by the atoning work of the cross. It is this truth that is at the heart of true Christianity, the Son of God dying upon the cross for sinners. It is only because of this great and glorious work that we can approach God as children and heirs. It is only through partaking of Christ, the bread of life, that we can come to have true knowledge of God. To reject that Christ came as the Son of God and his deity is to reject the Gospel. For only by the redemptive work of Christ on the cross are we saved. According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones we cannot ever forget that Christ went to the cross in our stead joyfully because he knew it was the will of God his father, and this desire to fulfill the will of God marked not only his death, but his whole life as the perfect Son of God.