22 April 2013
Nothing can shatter a parents spirit more quickly or more completely than affliction falling upon their child. I can remember rushing to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto with Julie because of complications with Rachel’s valve that connects to her heart [5 hours after her birth]. I can remember rushing Hannah to the hospital after her fall and busted her two bottom front teeth out. I can remember rushing to Sick Kids in Winnipeg because Sarah’s opening in her skull was swelling up and the doctors were very concerned for her because she might have meningitis. These are shattering moments for any parent! They’re moments that make you feel utterly helpless and desperate for someone to take your babies pain away. I know Julie has much stronger stomach when it comes to cuts, blood or needles! So I can’t image what my little Sarah was going though as they stuck this long needle to collect fluid out of her spine, to see what’s going on in her little body. BUT as bad as those moments seem I truly believe it’s those moments where God does His greatest work, not just in our children but in us. I believe it’s those moments where God reveals His grace and mercy, even if the results don’t end in our favor………Because not every situation of affliction has a fairy tale ending! One thing for sure is that tragedy will strikes all of us; young, old, poor and rich……..this is something that is inescapable for everyone! Job said it best! “For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble spring from the ground; Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward. "But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause” Job 5:6-7. As an open fire causes sparks to fly upward, even so mankind is unavoidably consumed with trouble. Here we see a man who is faced with one of the greatest trials….a possible death of a son! Albert Schweitzer said, "The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives." I’m sure this was the heart of the nobleman when he looked at his son who was slowly dying before his very eyes and realizing there was nothing he could do to stop it. A father’s worst nightmare comes true as he watches his son die. 4 Practical Lessons we learn for this encounter with Jesus and the Nobleman.This is His 2nd miracle that John believes is significant to Jesus' ministry that displays His Deity. Again the miracles were to display and confirm who Christ really was! God incarnate deity.
THE RICH HAVE AFFLICTIONS AS WELL AS THE POOR (v46)
We read the Nobleman is in deep anguish over the fact his son is sick and is going to die. “Nobleman” is someone who is a Royal Official, someone who officially attached to the service of King Herod Antipas. He would have been a man of great influence and power; he also would have been a man of great wealth. We learn a sobering truth this morning! All the prestige and money could not solve his problem and cannot solve ours any differently. These accolades don’t make us immune to trials and afflictions of this world. Doesn't the rain fall on the just and the unjust? According to the scriptures they do. Take for example riches, power, fame, or rank:
- didn’t help Steve Jobs
- didn’t help Ronald Regan
- didn’t help Elizabeth Taylor
- didn’t help Whitney Houston
- didn’t help Andy Griffith
- didn’t help Roger Ebert
Never think for a moment that your financial status protects you from affliction or possible death all it does is make you blind to your own spiritual condition. Sam Storms said “It's a disease that's rampant in the culture and in the church. People are drowned with messages from powerbrokers, media, entertainment, TV evangelists and bestselling authors that say joy is intimately bound up in material prosperity, physical health, relational success and all the comforts and conveniences Western society provides. For most people, joy and suffering are incompatible. Thus preachers have a difficult task at hand in communicating to such a culture a genuine joy found in Christ. The idea that the more money I have, the better my health will be! That understanding only leads to heartbreak and deep sorrow as we have seen before with the Rich Young ruler. J C Ryle said “the dweller in palaces often sleep more uneasily that the dweller in cottages. Gold and silver can lift no man beyond the reach of trouble; they may shut debt and rags, but they cannot shut out care, disease and death. The higher the tree, the more it is shaken by storms; the broader its branches, the greater is the mark which it exposes to the tempest. David was happier man when he kept his father’s sheep at Bethlehem, than when he dwelt as a King of Jerusalem, and governed the twelve tribes of Israel.”Afflictions affect us all! Rich or poor, young and old.
SICKNESS AND DEATH COMES TO THE YOUNG AS WELL AS THE OLD (v47-v49)
“he went to Him and implored Him to come..” “Implore” means to ask, beseech, desire, entreat, pray. This passage gives the idea that he repeatedly begged Jesus to come with him. His approach was out of desperation and urgency just like any parent would do in the same situation. Why? His son was going to die if Jesus didn’t come. This is something that every parent tries to block out or would rather not talk about! We have a tendency to shut our eyes to the plain facts, and act as if the young will never die. The idea “My child will never die before me." Look throughout history, there has been many sorrowful occasions due to the loss of a little one or young ones. Take the resent news of a family losing a 17 year old girl in Nova Scotia and a 15 year old in California. A young body 8yrs old and a young woman 29yrs old, two of the three killed by the blast at the Boston Marathon this past week. Go to any cemetery and look at the names and dates on those marble slabs of cold stone. YOU TUBE videos like: 99 Balloons or Choosing Thomas, Victor-y…….heartbreaking stories of losing someone so small in such a short period of time. The bible is filled with affliction and tragedy! Aaron lost two sons at once, David a man after God’s own heart lived long enough to see three children buried, Job lost all his children in one day. None of us including this Nobleman are guaranteed tomorrow. I think J C Ryle said it best “the only true wisdom is to be always prepared to meet God, to put nothing off which concerns eternity. This is what Jesus was concerned more about in encounter of the Nobleman…..not our physical but our spiritual state which determines our eternal state. We’re to live on this earth as if each day may be our last, ready to depart at any moment.
WHAT BENEFIT AFFLICTION CAN BRING TO THE SOUL (v50)
“go your way; your son lives” Sometimes pain and suffering play a greater purpose in the lives of those affected. Take for example
- Jacob and his people when Joseph was sold into slavery.
- The greatest event in history Jesus dying on the cross.
- The 5 missionaries that lost their lives by the hands of the ones they came to bring the good news too.
Affliction in this life always has a reason….sometimes we may not understand or get an answer to why! But God knows what He is doing! A beautiful promise we can take out of afflictions is that it’s always for our good and for God’s glory! Again this encounter was another way of showing this helpless man that there is hope, but it only comes from believing in Christ alone. John MacArthur said “the Lord graciously performed the miracle, consequently drawing the official’s faith to a higher level. By healing his son physically, the Great Physician moved to heal the father spiritually". This man realized his blindness like the woman at the well was removed to see who Jesus really was! God incarnate deity! All great encounters throughout the Lord Jesus’ ministry were to confirm this truth! God in the flesh! God came in the flesh and dwelt among us to show us His love for sinners who desperately needed to be saved.
- All afflictions have a purpose in our lives whether you like it or not!
- Affliction will either draw us closer to His sovereign arms or further away from His sovereign arms.
- Affliction will either soften our hearts or harden our hearts.
- Affliction will either grow us stronger in our faith or deteriorate our faith.
CHRIST’S WORD IS AS GOOD AS CHRIST’S PRESENCE (v51-v54)
“go your way; your son lives” What I find amazing here is that we see no argument from the nobleman! We see him do one thing! Believe the words that Jesus spoke to him. Amazing! This is something that we can take to the bank. Again not every situation turns out like this gentleman’s and his family. But we see in God’s word that we can find great comfort in times of our own affliction. His word brings truth, joy, comfort and peace into our heart when we’re afflicted confused and desperate. Just like I felt when my children were in pain and there was nothing I could do about it. Seeking His face for comfort in my stormy trials of life! Even preachers have affliction. No one is exempt from sickness or death! But one for sure I serve a might King who will see me through those dark moments! He has and he always will no matter what the outcome brings [Good or bad]. As I said at prayer meeting the other night I always find great comfort in His word. I’m always reminded of this passage found in Isaiah.
Isa 40:21-31 “Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
This is the same God who spoke to the nobleman and He is the same God who speaks to you and me today. Though we may not have the same outcome as this man in the physical you can be sure we can in it the spiritual. He is an everlasting God who is deeply in love with you and me. He is an everlasting God who desires all men repent and put their trust in Him alone. All He asks of us is too simple believe in Him!
- In those dark hours
- In those lonely hours
- In those struggling hours
- In those desperate hours
- In those good and the bad hours.
Why? Isaiah said it best “He does not faint or grow weary” A father’s worst nightmare can turn into a great opportunity to grow deeper in the love of Christ! It’s for our good and His glory that we go through afflictions. As James said……. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3. Turn to Him with all your cares and watch Him do a mighty work in your life, strengthening your faith in Him alone. REMEMBER: He is the all-powerful, all- knowing, everywhere-present God. AMEN TO THAT!
We are in age where this word “urgency” gets put on a shelf and left to collect dust. Think about it! The more you grow in grace through His word your eyes become more and more aware of the sin that permeates throughout the world and the sin that is in your own life, but there's something that we’re lacking to do in our Christian lives? A desire to go with urgency for the world to hear the gospel message; a message of hope for people who are still slaves to their sin. Sometimes we make excuses or blame it on Televangelists, Street preachers, the Westboro Baptist Church, or we blame our lack of urgency on the American affluence in our lives. YES! Some of those people, methods and things have made it impossible or wrecked our opportunities to share the hope that lies within us. Can I just say up front! That’s cop out to the deeper problem.......you and me! We tend to make excuses before we ever get an opportunity to have a gospel encounter. See! The problem is that we don’t do what we’re supposed to do! Why? I don’t think we really care about people as much as we tell ourselves most of the time.
I DON’T THINK WE REALLY CARE ABOUT PEOPLE AS MUCH AS THE BIBLE TELLS US TOO.
- The bible says “love your wife” so I’m supposed to love my wife
- The bible says “love your neighbor” so I’m supposed to my neighbor
- The bible says “love your enemy” so I’m supposed to love my enemy
There is no getting around this problem of not loving people as Jesus loved. The question for us is…..do we really care about others? THINK ABOUT THIS SCENARIO:You have a loved one who is sick or hurt and they need medical attention right away, what’s the first thing you do? We urgently rush them to the hospital! Why? There are special to us…we love them dearly [a rightfully you should] We love them so much we stop doing whether it is were doing: work, play, rest, vacation..etc, so that we can get them to the hospital as fast as possible. Our homes could be burning down, the bank is about to foreclose our homes and cow giving birth…..all these things mean nothing when you are urgently thinking of someone else other than yourself. Why? Their quality of life is threatened and this concerns you greatly. So we do what comes natural get them help ASAP and rightfully so, as Paul said we're to look on the interest of overs at all times!
SO MY QUESTION TO US IS………What are we not doing? Why is it that we can go day by day with the people we work with, play or hang out with, and not urgently tell them about their spiritually condition? Which by the way is far worse than cancer, aids, or death itself? Can we honestly answer that question this morning truthfully! Is it because we care more about the physical well-being of people over the spiritual? Is it because we really don’t care about people in general at all? To be honest…….I think we don’t really care! And you can disagree with me because you know I’m right. You and I don’t invest our time into the lives of others as much as we should. Why? We’re comfortable and satisfied with the status quo in the Christian life. We’ve bought into the lie of this world “just leave people alone” or “be tolerable” This is the complete opposite of the Lord Jesus Christ…….remember what He said to His disciples?
- I’ve come to separate father and son, mother and daughter
- Anyone who looks back isn’t fit for the Kingdom
- Take up your cross and come follow me
- Sell everything you have and give to the poor
- You will be hated for My name sake
- Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel truth
- I send you out as doves among wolves
Jesus said these things not so we can debate or argue who’s right and whose method works or write another evangelism book. He called us all to proclaim the news before it’s too late. He’s calling us with urgency because the day is approaching it will be glorious and frightening all at the same time. We have just witnessed Jesus tearing down the walls between the Jews and the Samaritan’s! Meaning His grace is open to all who come in and dine with Him. But as I said many times before! “To dine with Him is to die to self.” We have just witnessed Jesus’s relentless pursuit for sinners.His relentless pursuit for the spread of the gospel.
LOOK WHAT JESUS SAYS AND WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS WOMAN WHEN HIS DISCIPLES RETURN FROM THE MARKET. Again remember this a immoral woman who was once ashamed to get water at the right hour is no longer ashamed to run to her village [who knew of her character] with a message of hope to tell others. She ran with urgency (v28-v30). This gave time for Jesus to explain to his disciples the importance of why we are here! For the sake of the gospel message. People are dying in there sin and guilt and we have the only medicine that can cure there disease. But there is something lacking in our lives “urgency” for the lost! Again Jesus takes something as simple as food as He did with the woman “give me a drink” to explain to his disciples about His purpose and our purpose in life. (v31-v38). Jesus says “my food is to do the will of Him who sent Me” By talking to the woman about her spiritual condition Jesus was obeying and honoring His Father will. Which means He was doing His will by sharing the truth of His word to a sinner in need of saving grace. Remember what Moses wrote “man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.” Deut 8:3. Jesus also said “look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest” At this time of year the crops would have been planted and sprouting up in vibrant green color. So they were surrounded by crops and Jesus uses this as an object lesson into the window of His heart for the disciples to see what He saw……His urgency for sinners who needed to hear the message of hope. Jesus is calling His disciples to do the work of evangelism which contain promises of a reward “wages” which results in fruit that brings eternal joy…..everlasting joy! By obeying the Father’s will it build the Kingdom of God which brings eternal joy that we get to share in with God Himself? The joy of seeing a bad person come to Jesus on God’s terms not mans. THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES! DO I CARE ABOUT BAD PEOPLE [MEANING SINNERS]? Jesus needed “to go to Samaria” and look what resulted in that simple encounter with a sinner! (v39-v42). If Jesus saw the importance to speak this woman what makes us think we are to do any different? He loved sinners young and old! He wants us to do the same
SO WHY DOES JESUS SPEAK WITH SUCH URGENCY TO HIS DISCIPLES [AND TO US]?
SINNERS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF GRACE
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
SINNERS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THE GOSPEL IN EVERY PART OF THE WORLD
Mat 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
SINNERS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION
Eph 1:13 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,”
SINNERS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST
Rom 1:9 “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,”
SINNERS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THE GOSPEL THAT GLORIFIES JESUS CHRIST.
2 Cor 4:4 “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
2 Cor 4:4 “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
150 000 people will die again today! And Jesus says “they are ready for harvesting” The question is do we care? God entrusted this message to His special sanctified people to tell the world about the saving grace found in Christ alone. As David Platt said “church we are plan A, and there is no plan B”
With a little sanctified imagination for a moment! Jesus returned to Heaven and talking to T.V. interviewer (who has somehow got in) The Interviewer begins by saying “You suffered much and died for the whole world. What have you done about making known that love to all the people in the world?” Jesus responds with “I have asked Peter, John, Andrew, James and others down there to make it known, and for the people they tell to tell others, and so on.” The Interviewer says: Yes, but suppose they don't? Jesus responds by saying “I have no other plans.” Think about this scenario as we close…..If you were walking past your neighbors house, and you looked in and saw that they were watching TV, but you also saw that their house was on fire, you'd rush up and bang on the door yelling: "Your house is on fire!" You wouldn't stand there saying, "Aw, I don't know. They look so happy and they're having such a nice time. They're right in the middle of a movie. Maybe they'll be upset." If you told them, would you be considered a lunatic? No! You'd be a hero. But not till after they realized what you're saying was true. As Jesus said “Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Matt 9:37-38. With urgency Jesus is calling our bluff this morning to do what we know is right! The Sunday question is……………….Do we really care about lost sinners as we should according to Jesus, not us?
12 April 2013
09 April 2013
Approximately 150 000 people will die today! The question that troubles me is where will they spend eternity? Did the gospel message reach their ears? Did anyone take the time to share the precious truth of the gospel with them? What’s shocking is that the vast majority of those people are entering Hell. Christ commanded his followers to share the Gospel with those who are perishing! The question for each one of us is! Who have you shared with today? Every day we have the blessed opportunity and ability [through the Spirit] to share that news with every person we come in contact with. No exceptions! No excuses! Every encounter should be a gospel encounter. ASK YOURSELF: When was the last time you shared with someone who didn't fit your lifestyle? Throughout Jesus’ ministry He was filled with compassion for sinners young and old. Jesus, didn't care about race, creeds, or colour when it came to importance of sin, the gospel and eternal life. Jesus knew the hearts and saw the hopeless of humanity. Have you ever prayed “Lord open my eyes to see what Jesus saw, and to give me a burden to reach these people with the only message that saves?” As we come to this passage this morning aren't you relieved that Jesus didn't overlook your sin? But that He sent someone to you with the gospel that saves to tell you the truth about yourself.
We come to a conversation between God and a woman that speak volumes to humanity in general and goes against what the culture believed at the time [possibly still today]. We enter a conversation which I think is one of the greatest gospel encounters with a sinner who desperately needs to be saved next to Nicodemus. We enter a conversation that display to us that there is forgiveness despite how wicked we think we sinned. We enter a conversation that shows us how the Lord Jesus approached people in their sin and how he addressed the heart issue. J C Ryle said “the history of the Samaritan woman, contained in these verses, is one of the most interesting and instructive passages in John’s gospel. St John has shown us, in the case of Nicodemus, how our Lord dealt with a self-righteous formalist. He now shows us how our Lord dealt with an ignorant, carnal-minded woman, whose moral character was more than ordinarily bad.” As we unpack this passage think about the contrast of Nicodemus and this woman
Nicodemus ........... .............................Samaritan Woman
Devout religious Jew ........................... Immoral Samaritan
Learned Theologian...................................... Uneducated peasant
He recognized Jesus as a teacher.......................She had no clue
He came at night to .......................She had no reputation, came at noon, the protect his reputation hottest time of the day.
He was wealthy....................................... She was poor
He was a member of the social elite....................... Samaritan people were outcasts
He had a name................................... She is nameless
Nicodemus came seeking............................This woman was sought by Jesus
The bible said "But He needed to go through Samaria.." (v4). Jesus was on a divine appointment (paraphrase): "I must go to Samaria". The story of the Lord's encounter with this woman unfolds that salvation is made available for everyone without prejudice. I’m so glad that there is not a standard or requirement to find forgiveness for sin or eternal life? Otherwise none of us would be saved! Our lives completely depend on the mercies of Christ and His great sacrifice for sinners. So we see a wonderful encounter with Jesus and this woman who would be considered a harlot, an outcast of society. A woman who would be considered according to Proverbs a woman to stay away from “For a prostitute [a harlot] is a deep pit; an adulteress is a narrow well.” Prov 23:27. So Jesus has this divine appointment with a sinner who needs to hear the truth of the gospel. Let’s examine how Jesus deals with this woman and learn how Jesus spoke the truth in love with every opportunity He had [gospel encounters]
JESUS MADE THE TIME TO SPEAK TO THE WORST OF SINNERS (V7- V10)
Jesus says “give me a drink” This was a breach of the social custom and by doing this Jesus was tearing the walls down between the tw0 groups [Jews and Samaritans]. Samaritans were a mixed race of people…..A intermingling of Jews and Gentiles. This encounter breaches all stereotyping we do in our culture. Remember the gospel was to go into all the highways and by-ways reaching even the lowest of the lows. I’m reminded of an experience of Mark Cahill when he was talking with a prostitute one evening. "He was asked once by a Christian “What if someone from your church drove by and saw this?” [paraphrase] Mark’s response is “Why are we so concerned about other people think of us? It was okay for Jesus to be a friend of tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners, but it is apparently not ok for us.” He even when to say that he received letters from people who were shocked that he would do such a thing! So Mark one time asked a young lady if she witnesses to prostitutes. She said “No”. Does anyone in your church witnesses to prostitutes? “No.” I then explained, if she doesn't witness to prostitutes, if no one in her church does, then who will witness to these people?"
See we need to understand, God loves them just as much as He loves us “regular” people, and they need the good news of Jesus brought to them. This statement “give me a drink” opened a door of conversation with this woman and open door to all types of sinners. This opened a door for Jesus to use a simple example of water as a means to reach the heart issue Why? I think Luke 19:10 says it all “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." He came to see this woman! Why? Because salvation is for everyone no matter the circumstance. Jesus was not ashamed to take a drink from the vessel of a woman for whom He had come to die for. There is not one person beyond the reach of His divine love.
JESUS REVEALED TO HER THAT HIS LIVING WATER IS PRICELESS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD (v11-v14)
“Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again.” There is nothing in this life that will fill the void in your heart. (v13). Not fame, fortune, or things can bring you true joy and fulfillment. You can search all your life and on your death bed you will be speaking the words of Solomon. “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.” Eccl 12:8. All these things come and go and they only leave a person deceived and without hope, but the gospel saves and fills the heart with the things of God. What Jesus is trying to say to her is that all these vain pursuits to fulfill self only leave a person empty and wanting more because they are never satisfied. Only true satisfaction comes from the flowing waters Christ and His offer of eternal life. (v14). The Lord is always ready to save sinners….far more ready than we are to pray to Him. This should bless our hearts to know that God is relentless in His pursuit for you and me. Think about each and every day Jesus stretches out His hands of mercy and grace to fallen sinners who desperately need saving but ignore His mercy and grace. Little did this woman know it was her who needed that drink as many people still do today?
- The drink of forgivenes
- The drink of reconciliation
- The drink of salvation
- The drink of eternal life
It's the Living water of grace that provides an internal cleansing by the power of the Holy Spirit through the brokenness over sin.
JESUS IS ALWAYS READY WITH OPEN ARMS TO GIVE MERCY TO CARELESS SINNERS (v15-v18)
She is intrigued or softening to his conversation (v15). What does Jesus tell her to do? We see this in (v16). Jesus tells her to “go call your husband, and come here”. That must had been a sobering moment to this woman. Why? She was a woman who defiled the bed more than once. She would have known the importance of the 7th command “you shall not commit adultery” Don’t think for a moment God is ok with this behaviour or any sin for that matters! The Lord takes marriage very seriously. He says it’s honorable……“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Heb 13:4. Why would Jesus embarrass her like this? It wasn't very nice to point out her sin. What was Jesus trying to prove? He is pointing out to her the severity of her sin. He is illuminating her sin. Why? A sinner needs to broke over their own sin, before they can understand grace [the good news]She doesn't understand this water issue yet, so Jesus goes right to the heart of the issue, as He did with Nicodemus; and for the very first time, she feels the weight of her sin as God see’s it…..wicked and detestable! This is where the mercy of living waters comes in…..the precious gospel that saves sinners! Yes even adultery. John MacArthur says "the offer of living water is not just to religious people like Nicodemus, everyone who thirst is invited to drink deeply of the living water, even an adulterous woman whose life is fraught with sin. His overflowing grace will pardon even the wickedest of sinners[He came saved bad people]. His knowledge of this woman's immoral behavior began to stir this woman's heart. She was beginning to see her sinfulness…..Her eyes were being open to this reality that she was a sinner and needed a Saviour. J C Ryle said “dealing with sinners, such as these, form one of the grand peculiarities of the gospel. Whatever a man’s past life may have been, there is hope and a remedy for him in Christ. If he is only willing to hear Christ’s voice and follow Him, Christ is willing to receive him at once as a friend, and to bestow on him the fullest measure of mercy and grace. The Samaritan woman, the penitent thief, the Philippian jailor, the publican Zacchaeus, are all patterns of Christ’s readiness to show mercy, and to confer full and immediate pardons. It is His glory that, like a great physician, He will undertake to cure those who are apparently incurable, and that none are too bad for Him to love and heal.”
That’s the mercy of God towards bad people. That’s mercy that came to your life through the living water of the Gospel through! Jesus broke the barriers so that we could go out into the streets and alley ways to proclaim the good news for sinners. We need to tear down those walls in our own lives and start looking at people as Jesus see’ s them sinners who desperately need a Saviour. As the late great Charles Spurgeon said and this is going to hurt your feelings……“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself, believe that” Every encounter should be a gospel encounter. Why? bad people need to hear good news. "Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." Luke 5:31-32. The world is full sick people and they need medicine! The need the gospel truth. The only truth that will save bad people.