A Samaritan Woman at the Well Meets Her Messiah
A Sermon on John 4:1-26
Jesus Goes to Galilee
1So then, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that He was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although Jesus Himself was not baptizing; rather, His disciples were), 3He left Judea and went away again to Galilee. 4And …
1When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3He left Judæa, and departed again into Galilee. 4And he must needs go through Samaria. 5Then cometh he …
The Gospel of John has a frequent theme of the abundant life found in Christ. All throughout the book, this theme appears in a variety of ways. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks on one such story which points to this theme in this sermon on the woman at the well in John 4:1–26. Dr. Lloyd-Jones begins by pointing out several things that can be learned from this woman’s encounter with Jesus. First, this story shows that the fullness of Jesus is possible for everyone. His fullness is not retained for certain people, but is for all humanity. He goes on to explain how this story points to Jesus’s unique way of coming to His people right where they are and ridding them of a religious mindset of routine and sameness, filling them with the fullness of the Messiah. While both of these aspects are seen in this story, the most significant and stunning one found is the personal element of Jesus’s encounter with the woman at the well. Although Jesus was tired and thirsty, He was more focused on sharing His living water with her. The story, preached in this sermon on the woman at the well, is a beautiful glimpse into Jesus’s love for all humanity and desire for all people to experience His fullness.
- The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God's blessings are available to all people regardless of gender, ethnicity or social status.
- The Christian life is full of surprises and unexpected encounters with God. We should not settle into a routine and stop expecting God to move in our lives.
- God often moves in our lives during ordinary moments and routine tasks, not just during religious services or spiritual disciplines. We should be open to God encountering us at any time.
- Christianity is intensely personal. We must have personal encounters and dealings with God, not just conform to a religious system.
- Jesus went out of his way to meet with the woman alone so he could speak to her personally. We must make space for personal time with God.
- Jesus was weary, tired and thirsty, showing his full humanity. Yet he was still concerned for the woman's spiritual thirst more than his own physical thirst.
- Jesus' meeting with the woman was not an accident. He was compelled to go to Samaria to meet with her. God orchestrates divine appointments in our lives.
- We should be encouraged that Jesus knows us fully, cares for us personally and meets us in unexpected ways according to his perfect plan.
The Book of John
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.