Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Woman at the Well

" Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee." (John 4:1-3, NKJV)

On Sunday evenings we are going through a verse by verse study of the Gospel of John. As of January the 13th we have arrived at the fourth chapter in our study. In chapter three Jesus had drifted out into the countryside of Judea where He encountered John the Baptist. John’s disciples were concerned that Jesus was getting to be more popular than John. John the Baptist replied, "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30, NKJV)

The popularity that Jesus began to amass was troublesome because He knew that the crowds of people would want physical deliverance not spiritual deliverance. The people would want to make Jesus an earthly King. This very circumstance occurs in John 6:15. " Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone." (John 6:15, NKJV)

Jesus’ mission was not to save His people from their temporary circumstances of life, but to deliver them from the greatest crises all men face. He came to save us from our sin. "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”" (Matthew 1:21, NKJV)

Join us next Sunday evening as we discuss “Christ’s Witness to the Woman at the Well.”

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