Grace Bible Church - Gatesville, Tx
Grace Bible Church - Gatesville, Tx

Episode 84 · 9 months ago

A New Harvest


A New Harvest

John 4:27-42

Dax Bryant - preaching

Well, we are at and I didn't plan this necessarily, but I'm still kind of struck in God's Providence. How, a couple of weeks ago he preached from Psalm One hundred and fifty, if you remembering, we saw this psalm with with praise, and how that moved into us, moving right, how praise doesn't just stay praise but it motivates you do action. There's this kind of general principle. We see it actually in our in our Sunday school or Sunday seminar material. Every week there's there's this head, heart, hands, flow, this theology that that leads to doxology that has to spill out into action. And we see that not just a couple weeks ago when when we were in Psalm one hundred and fifty, but last week we looked at worship and then this week in the second half of the the story with the Samaritan woman. We see the action that takes place. And there was a quote that that Ed shared in his sermon that I want to read again for us all. It's a quote by John Piper from his book the nation. Let the nations be glad. Listen to these words again. He says missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over and the countless millions of the deemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity, but worship abides forever. Missions exists because worship doesn't. And that's what we saw last week in Chapter Four, Verse Twenty Three, that the God, the father, is seeking true worshippers. And ultimately we know, because we can read the end of our Bible, that that one day the whole world will be full of true worshippers. But for now the world is not full of true worshippers, and so for now we have missions. And that's what brings us to this passage here this morning in John for twenty seven through forty two. And just like the passage we looked at last week, there is so much that could be said at this from this passage, so many different angles we could take. But but since we are trying to move methodically through John's Gospel, we're not going to take the time to approach every story from every possible angle. We can't do that. Instead, we are trying to keep our focus on how each story fits into John's overarching purpose for his Gospel. Let me ask you, do you remember John's overarching purpose for his Gospel? John Twenty, verse Thirty One. These things are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. Leila's got it. You guys, the rest of you, I don't know, pick it up. It won't be the last time you hear that. That is John's motivation for writing this entire Gospel. Every story fits under that umbrella. So we're looking at how this story accomplishes that. So let's let's dive in and see from last time. The first half of chapter four we saw Jesus and his disciples. They were passing through Samaria on their way from Judea up to Galilee and they're worn out from the from the journey. They started out early in the morning. Jesus sits down as they approached Jacobs well in this little town in Samaria named Psychar, and his disciples. They go into the town to find food. After they leave this Samaritan woman comes to the well to get water and Jesus starts to engage her in this in this important conversation that ultimately lands on worship. And at the end of their discussion, remember, he real he reveals himself to her as the Messiah, the probably the most clear time that he does that anywhere in scripture. And so let's pick up the story from there. And as we do that, the big idea that I want us to grab a hold of today is that followers of Christ must give the highest priority and urgency to following his will and performing his work. So, if you hear nothing else that I say the rest of the morning, grab onto that central point. Followers of Christ must give the highest priority and urgency to following his will and performing his work. And as we try to flesh that out a little bit, we're going to divide this passage into three scenes. It's almost like a camera, if you like a movie. It moves from one scene to another scene and then...

...back again in this passage. So seen number one is the seed planted. That will be versus twenty seven through thirty seen number two is the work explained, versus thirty one through thirty eight, and seen number three is the harvest reaped, versus thirty nine through forty two. So let's let's look first hear it's seen. Number One, the seed planted, verse twenty seven. Just then his disciples came back. And the sense there is at just this moment his disciples came back. What a coincidence, isn't it? Just another coincidence in a long line of coincidence is leading up to this? Jesus and his disciples arrive at the well at just the right moment, the disciples leave to find food at just the right moment and the woman comes to the well at the very strange hour of noon, at just the right moment, and then Jesus has this whole conversation with her, declares to her that he is the Messiah and then, at that very moment, after taking whatever time it took for them to get down to the town, sort out launch make their way back, just then his disciples came back. Coincidence. If they arrive any sooner, they interrupt and this conversation with this woman gets cut short. If they arrive any later, they miss the whole thing and they don't even know this conversation took place. But they arrive right on schedule. They see exactly what Jesus wants them to see, namely him defying social and religious barriers to engage with this woman. Just think about that, all the different people, the location, all the choices being made, all the circumstances, a thousand different details converging at just the right moment for Jesus to accomplish his purpose. What do we call that? Call that God's Providence. Right, he ordains, he directs all of these things, and Jesus is operating perfectly on God's timetable. But that doesn't mean that there aren't surprises for the rest of us. Notice the disciple's reaction to what they see. Still in verse twenty seven, they marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said what do you seek to her or why are you talking with her? To him they're surprised, and rightly so, to see Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, speaking with a non Jewish woman alone, and they've got all these internal questions, but they don't say anything out loud. Maybe they don't know what to say. Verse Twenty Eight. 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 the disciples return? And that's the woman's que to exit. She goes, but she leaves her water jar, which is just an interesting note that John even includes that at all. I think it bears testimony to his eyewitness of this event. But but she leaves a jar, maybe because she's in a hurry, maybe so Jesus can finally get at that drink he was asking for from way back when. It doesn't really matter. What's more important is what she does and says. Next, she went away into town and said to the the people. Now that that word, translated people, is anthropois. It can mean people or humanity, so that's not a bad translation. Most literally, the word is translated men, and it's possible, I don't want to make a big point of this, but it's possible, that that people might miss the force of what's happening here, given this particular woman's history with men, because it's likely as she came back to the village, she would have encountered the men, the elders, the rulers of her village. You would sit in the gate. Just interesting to think about it. And what does she say to them? Come see a man who told me all that I ever did. Now remember what Jesus told her that conversation. It was back in verse eighteen, roundabouts there where, where he said go get your husband, and she said I don't have a husband, and he said you're right, you you've had five husbands and the man that you're living with now is not your husband. You've spoken truly. Jesus is knowledge of those intimate details of her... had started her in the process of at least considering that he was a prophet, if not perhaps the prophet, and just that is enough to kind of push her into action. She goes into her town and she says, come see a man who told me all that I ever did. Now that's kind of an exaggeration on her part. It seems like right. This isn't all that she ever did, but I think this speaks to a reality that we can experience to in that our sin comes to define who we are, or at least sometimes who we think we are, and that can be especially true when your sin becomes known to other people. Even if they are are forgiving and kind and gracious to you, you still may always think of yourself somewhere way down deep, way back, as the addict or the drunk or the cheat or the liar or the thief, whatever it may be, that's somehow stuck to your identity. But as a Christian, you can't allow that to stand. You have to preach the Gospel to yourself and remembers that, since you are now in Christ, you are a new creation. You are no longer defined by your past. The old has gone, the new has come. Your sins have been forgiven, the righteousness of Jesus has been credited to your account. You are now reconciled with God, adopted as God's very own child. This is who you are now. You would do well to take Martin Luther's advice on this subject. Luther said, when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this. I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it, for I know one who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, son of God, and where he is there I shall be too. Now I don't think that the Samaritan woman is is quite there just yet. And you can be certain that in this small town, this small little village, everybody knew all the dirty details of this woman's background and her current situation. And yet she overcomes any shame or any sense of humiliation to tell others about this man that she's just met. Why? Because of this possibility, can this be the Christ? The question, the the the sense of it carries some some doubt, some hesitation. They're sort of a negative undertone into this question, a kind of like this can't be the Christ, can it? And perhaps what's running running through her mind is, if he knows this much about me, what, what else must he know about me? And so, whether the villagers are caught up in her excitement or impressed by her honesty or just curious about her claim, they decide to take her up on her offer and come see for themselves. Verse Thirty. They went went out of the town and we're coming to him. They start the walk up to Jacobs well, where Jesus is still talking with his disciples. And so the sea has been planted, and now the scene shifts to the work explained. We move the camera back to the well. Now, verse Thirty One. Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, saying, rabbi, eat. They just picked up lunch right they knew Jesus was was tired, he was hungry, he was thirsty, and so there's surprize when he says in Verse Thirty Two, I have food to eat that that you don't that you do not know about. And and this is when you want to ring the Bell, because class is about to start here again, with Jesus as the teacher. He just used water to teach the woman. Now he's going to use food to teach the disciples something that they need to know about what their priorities should be. And of course, just like the woman, they don't get what he's talking about. Right Verse Thirty Three. So the disciple said to one another, has anyone brought him something to eat? They're...

...still thinking on the on the natural level of things. So Jesus Explains Verse Thirty Four. He said to them my food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Have you ever been so caught up in something that that you've forgotten even to eat? Maybe it's when you're out fishing or in the middle of a deep conversation with a friend, or in the middle of some project, some hobby, you get so consumed with the they that everything else just kind of fades to the background. When Jesus says here, my food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work, he's not saying that that he never needs to eat or rest or that we never need to eat or rest. The idea behind what Jesus is saying here is that at times are greater priorities, are Greater Gospel priorities supersede even are basic needs like eating, like you can get so consumed in the work of God that everything else fades to the background, at least temporarily. And they're sort of an echo here of of Deuteronomy Eight, where Moses is speaking to the Israelites to remind them of God's purposes for them during their forty years of wandering in the Wilderness. Deuteronomy Eight, verse three says, and he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with Manna, which you did not know, nor did your father's know, that he might make you know. Listen, he might make you know that man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of God, and that is a truth that no one has ever lived out to the degree that Jesus lived out. My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Look at that, look at that sentence. The will of him who sent me, who sent him, the father. So then, what is the father's will? What is the father's work? Whatever it is, just from the immediate context of this passage, it has something to do with this interaction that he's just had with this Samaritan woman. And in fact Jesus seems to be saying that in this conversation he was doing the father's will and accomplishing the father's work. And since that was the case, since he was doing the father's will accomplishing the father's work, that was more satisfying and fulfilling and sustaining to him than any food his disciples could offer in that moment, because this is where his real sustenance comes from, his spiritual sustenance, from doing God's will and performing God's work, which he always did perfectly. And and this right here it starts to become a theme that John is going to build upon in his Gospel. Will see it probably the most clearly when we get to the back half of chapter five. But but it's that all of Jesus's ministry is to be nothing less than submitting to and performing the will of the one who sent him. And of course, that that culminates at the cross, doesn't it? In fact, the night before his death, Jesus even praise to the father, and he says this. I glorified you on Earth having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. You can hear it there, can't you? He's accomplishing the work. So back to John, for even though Jesus is exhausted, he's hungry. He is so consumed with his work of seeking and saving the loss, which the father sent him to do. He's so consumed with this conversation that he just had that his conscious need for food is just set to the side for the time being, because this was his priority. This is what he was sent for, even above his own physical needs, his own personal wealth. Are He lived to do God's will and accomplish God's work. And if we Christians are to imitate our savior, I'm compelled to ask, then what about you? Is this how you get your spiritual food? A lot of times we come maybe even to church, and we're looking to be fed here. Jesus says his spiritual food comes from doing God's will and accomplishing God's work.

And if you're going to do God's will, you have to know what God's will is, don't you? If you're going to accomplish God's work, you need to understand what work you've been called to accomplish, do you now? Obviously you can't follow Jesus exactly on this. You can't cause people to be born again, you can't satisfy God's wrath against sin, you can't bring about the salvation of Sin Nurse. Only Jesus can do that. But there is something here for us. Jesus is modeling and teaching something to his disciples here, and that includes you and me. So let's think about this for a moment. What is God's will for your life? You ever ask yourself that question? What is God's will for me? Let me give you some good news. You don't have to guess. God has revealed his will for you in his word. That's good news. You don't have to go looking for God's will further than this book, and there's been lots of guys who've kind of grouped some of these things into these categories. So this is an original with me. But, but let me give you just three things we can get from God's book about what God's will for your life is. First of all, God wills, God desires that you would be saved. You got to start there first. Timothy to verse, for says that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. That's where you have to begin. Are you saved? Because how could you ever be submitting to the rest of God's will for your life if you don't even know him and acknowledge him and submit to him? God desires that you would be saved by true busting in his son, whom he gave as a ransom for all. That is the foundational part of God's will for your life, that you would be saved. God's will is also that you would be filled with his spirit. EPHESIANS seventeen says, therefore, do not be foolish. This is the opposite of what we're looking for. Don't be like this, don't be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the spirit. This is part of God's will for your life. So you need to ask yourself, is the Holy Spirit Directing Your Life? Is the fruit of the spirit spilling out of your heart? Are you expressing that in worship and Thanksgiving and submission? Do you live out your days consciously yielding to the leading of the spirit of God? Because this is God's will for your life? How about this one from first Thessalonians, chapter four, verse three, for this is the will of God. Why? Doesn't get any clear in that doesn't? This is the will of God. Your sanctification. That's pretty straightforward. Your sincification. What does that mean? Well, having been saved and filled with the spirit, are you now growing in holiness, separating yourself from sin, hating the things that God hates, loving the things that God loves, honoring him with your body and your time and your thoughts and your finances? Because this is God's will for your life? And we could go on, we could add other things that the Bible says our God's will for your life, but these three are probably enough for now, aren't they? Because the thing is, when we're usually thinking about God's will for our lives. We want God to reveal the little details of our lives that he has not revealed in his word. You know, who should I marry? Where should I live? What job should I have? Those kinds of things. Those are the things we want to press God on. And yet we don't obey the will of God that he is already revealed. Why would god see fit to unveil something else when we're not already obeying what he's already said? We have enough to handle just from scripture in God's will for your life.

Now, if you can look at scripture and see God's revealed will for your life and and say, yes, I'm not perfect, but but generally this describes my relationship with God, then, as Augustine said, love God and do whatever you want. If you're saved, if your spirit filled, if you're sanctified, that means that your desires will be God's desires, your actions will be godly actions, and that's good news because it frees you up from then having to be paralyzed about every little other decision that you might make. If you hit those big things, God will take care of the rest. This is how you do God's will and pay attention to that word. That is how you do God's will, because it's not just knowing God's will right. This is where we often stop short of the mark. Have you? Have you ever felt maybe this is just me? You ever felt like like something's just not quite right in your spiritual life, even though you're reading God's word diligently, you're praying consistently, you're regularly gathering with your church family. All of those things are part of God's will for you, no doubt, but we stop short of the mark when we only do those things and then fail to actually be involved in God's work. Jesus, Jesus food was to do God's will and accomplish God's work. We can know and even do God's will and yet fail to get involved in God's work. It's sort of like eating without exercising. Listen to what Charles spurgeon said. He preached on this verse once and I'm glad he said it, not me. He says to his congregation, some of you good people who do nothing except go to public meetings, the Bible readings, the prophetic conferences and other forms of spiritual self indulgence would be a good deal better Christians if you would look after the poor and needy around you. If you would just tuck up your sleeves and work and go and tell the Gospel to dine men, you would find your spiritual health mightily restored, for very much of the thickness of Christians come through there. Having nothing to do. All feeding and no working makes men spiritual grouches, spurgeon said. And then he continues. He says, be idle and careless. Nothing to live for, nothing to care for, no sinner to pray for, no backslider to lead to the cross, no trembler to encourage, no little child to tell of a savior, no gray headed man to enlighten in the things of God, no object in fact to live for. And who wonders if you begin to Groan and Murmur and look within until you are ready to die of despair, Vodi Bacham often says, if you can't say Amen, you better say Ouch, because we recognize the Christian that spurgeon is describing there, don't way, because he looks a lot like us. And this is how we often miss out on God's will for our lives, by being hearers of the word only and not doers. Jesus on the other hand, he always did God's will. Jesus always accomplished God's work. Now again, we can't imitate that to the degree that Jesus did God's will and God's work for him was ultimately accomplished on the cross. But doing God's will and performing God's work should also be your spiritual food, because that's the only thing that lasts, isn't it? God's will, God's work, everything else fades away. This was Jesus's priority and, as his followers, this should be our highest priority, to follow his will, to perform his work, and to bring this back to John, for the priority of speaking to the Samaritan woman is wrapped up in God's will and God's work. He's so...

...caught up in what it just happened that he cared about little else in this moment, and he wants his disciples to see that that his highest priority. Doing the will, performing the work of God is something that must also become their highest priority. And what happens next is an object lesson, a living illustration that I'm sure they would never forget. Verse Thirty Five. Do you oh sorry, yeah, do you not say? There are yet four months? Then comes the harvest, now farmers in the room, for give me. I'm sure there's more to it than this, but from my perspective, farming is basically you plant the seeds, you wait and then, when it's ready, you harvest the crop. I'm sure there's a little more to it than that, but that's just me boiling it down. Basically, that's true agriculturally speaking, but this is not necessarily true spiritually speaking. Jesus Continues Verse Thirty Five. Look, just by the way, pay attention to the action words here. Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest. Now I think it's just my opinion that this is more than just a metaphor going on here. Look, lift up your eyes. See. Back in the I think it was the s, maybe the s there was this travel writer named H B Morton and he was sitting by this same well in Samaria and he observed something fascinating. He writes, as I sat by Jacobs well, a crowd of Arabs came along the road from the direction in which Jesus would have been looking, and I saw their white garments shining in the sun. Surely Jesus was speaking not of the earthly but of the heavenly harvest. And as he spoke, I think it is likely that he pointed along the road where the Samaritans in their white robes were assembling to hear his words. Did you know that the Samaritans still worship on Mount Gerriziem even today, and when they gather for worship at their temple I Mount Garzeem, they still dress in white robes, much like their ancestors did. Now, can't know that for sure, but it's certainly possible that this is what Jesus saw when he said look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and see. Look down the road at the Samaritans who are making their way towards us. See that the fields are white for harvest. Maybe, maybe not, but the point he's making is this. Even though I've sown the seed just now, the harvest is beginning to happen already, and so we have to get to work with a sense of urgency, because the fields are already ripe for harvesting. He continues in Verse Thirty Six. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together. That's an interesting picture, right, because the the reaper, isn't just sitting around watching the wheat grow. He's already busy, he's already at work gathering up the fruit of the crop, so that the sower, the one planting, and the reaper, the one gathering, can celebrate, can rejoice at the same time. This is something that the prophets would speak about when they thought about the the end of the age. It's especially obvious in Amos Amos, chapter nine, verse thirteen. Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when the Plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes overtake the one who sows the seed. Do you get the picture? This, in other words, this is a time of miraculous blessing and prosperity and and fertility, as sewing and reaping overlaps and comes together, there's just so much happening all at once and and we might call this today, if we were to see this happen spiritually, revival. Sewing and reaping together, this is this is revival. It's not the kind of revival that you hear about sometimes, especially...

...maybe down in these parts there's a revival starting next week at seven the clock, and we'll be meeting for two weeks and we having a revival, whatever that is. That's that's not a revival, because a revival is a sovereign work of God where he brings spiritual life to the hearts of dead sinners, many of them all at once, and that's something that you can't plan ahead of time, you can't manufacture that. But this is exactly what's happening here in some area. It's a revival, and Jesus says the work is urgent. It's happening now. Sore and reap are coming together, as the fruit of eternal life is being harvested, and so Jesus says, let's get to work. Verse Thirty Seven, for here the saying holds true. One sow's and another reaps. I send you, disciples to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored and you have entered into their labor. In other words, what you are about to experience with these Samaritans is a spiritual harvest, a spiritual reaping, for for work that you didn't do. You didn't sew these seeds. You're going to reap these seeds. Well, what does Jesus mean? Who sewed these seeds then? Who, who was at that labored among these Samaritans? Well, we could answer that question in a few different ways. I suppose. There's Moses. Right after all, the Samaritans had the first five books of the Old Testament, the Torah, by Moses his hand. There's even John The baptist. Remember just a chapter back, that that John the Baptist his disciples were out ministering and baptizing in this region of Samaria. And then, of course, perhaps most immediately, there's Jesus. There's this conversation that he just had with this woman at the well. All of that different work represents the labor of sewing the seed, and what Jesus is doing here is he's teaching his disciples of valuable lesson. As he explains this work, he says, I sent you to reap, for which you did not labor. Others have labored and you have entered into their labor. And that is often how it works, isn't it? Some so others reap or, as Paul says to the Corinthians, I planted apollos watered, but only God gives the growth. So he who plants, he who waters, they're not anything, but only God who gives the growth. And don't miss this either. We don't have time to get into it. But but Jesus says what's going to happen right he knows what's going to happen and he predicts that this amazing spiritual harvest is about to take place. And of course it does. That that's just another kind of passing proof of Jesus's Deity here. But the bigger point is that this revival is only happening because plowing and sewing and watering. That's already taken place. And sometimes you might so spiritually, sometimes you might reap spiritually and sometimes, maybe most times, you plow and you plant and you water and you don't really see the results of that. George Muller, Everybody Know George Mueler, founded bunch of orphanages in England in the nineteen century. He became friends early on in life with three young men and he and they weren't Christians and he prayed daily for their salvation. And when Mueller died when he was ninety three years old, none of those three men had trusted in Christ. But that was not the end of the story. All three of those men did come to trust in Christ, two of them in their s one of them in his s. So muler sewed, someone else reaped, and what we kind of have to come to terms with is that God has called all of us to be sowers, not necessarily all of us to be reapers. But that's okay it that doesn't mean that that's sowing is the the lesser work, right, because we're told here that that sewers and reapers, as Amos says, they're going to rejoice together in this work. So, so as you sow, take joy in the fact that you're being used to bring in the harvest. So proclaim God, faithfully, pray for the lost, diligently testify to the greatness and beauty...

...of Christ, and perhaps, by God's grace, someone else may come along and reap what you have sown in your obedience, whether that's in this life or the next, and when that happens you will rejoice together for what God has done. Okay, one last scene here the harvest reaped, the harvest reaped, and in this scene we discover that there is one other sower in this story. Jesus is the initial sower. He sows the seed, but then also this woman whom Jesus witness to, now bears witness about him. She sows a seed, or we could think of it this way, this seed that was planted in her begins to bear fruit. Verse thirty nine many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony. He told me all that I ever did. Now, when we think about evangelism and missions, we often think about those kinds of activities taking place somewhere, way out there, maybe across the ocean somewhere, and there is certainly a need for that. But but look what's happening here. Look at this woman. She goes back into her own community, she goes back to her own people, she goes back to the people who know every embarrassing detail of her life in order to tell them about Jesus. And I hope you realize what that means. If, if this woman can do that, God can use you to do the same thing. God can use you right here in the place you live, in the place you grew up, in the place you go to work, in the place you go to school, whatever. All you have to do is be faithful to the work he has called you to do, which means it starts with opening your mouth, speaking about him, telling others what you know, making that a priority, looking for those opportunities, having a sense of urgency, like Jesus talks about here, out of the the overflow of your heart, you simply just tell people what Jesus has done, what he's done for you, what he can do for them. And it's so simple and it's so humbling to see that that God can use people like this woman and people like us to save others, because when he uses broken, sinful people like us, then we see even more clearly that it must be true that all of the glory, all of the work and salvation belongs to the Lord. How can it be any other way when we're involved? And just notice here, this this sea that the woman sows results in two things. Number One, it brings people out of the village to come here Jesus. In number two, many of these people believe at some level, because of the testimony she has given about Jesus, what's happened in the life of this woman is now happening in her community. Her life has been transformed and now the same thing is beginning to happen in the lives of others as well, all at once. That's again. That's what revival is. But notice first forty so when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days, and many more believed because of his word. This is really interesting, right. Here's these Samaritans and they can't get enough of Jesus. They want to be taught by Jesus, they want to spend time with Jesus, they want Jesus to stay which, just by the way, you want to ask yourself, is this how I am in my life, or is an hour and a half or so once a week good enough? Anyway, the fact that the Samaritans are urging a Jewish rabbi to stay with them shows they are realizing that he must be the Messiah. I mean, this is pretty amazing, right. Jesus preaches one sermon in his hometown of Nazareth and they try to throw him off a cliff. He came to his own and his own did not receive him right. John One, here these Samaritans. They ask him to stay there... that they can hear more so they can be around him more. And look what happened. He stayed there two days and many more believed because of his word. Mean that must have been an incredible two days, and this is the only time we read about anything like this in scripture, Jesus spending two days with a whole village, revealing himself to them. What do they do for two days? I'm sure he talked to them about the same kinds of things that he spoke about elsewhere, about his death and resurrection, about the Kingdom of God, about the need to repent, about eternal life. However he spent his time, the fact is many more believed because of his word. The people whom the woman witnessed to have now become part of the harvest as well. And then notice verse forty two. And will be done? They said to the woman. It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is indeed the savior of the world. These other people are believing now, not just because of the woman's words, but because they've heard Jesus's own words. And it's not that her testimony is irrelevant, it's that now they've experienced for themselves something that directly correlates with her testimony. It's great that some believe because of her testimony, but it's much more important that they experienced Jesus for themselves, isn't it? This is something you have to remember, your own testimony to an unbeliever. It's good to share that. It may help lead someone to belief, but their belief can't just stay there. Their belief can't be based on your testimony, because for for belief to last, they need to not just hear your words, they need to hear the words of Jesus for themselves. How does a person do that? Where do we point them? Right here, this is where you hear God's word for yourself. God's words are contained for you in the pages of Scriptures. When the Bible speaks, God speaks, and it's only by encountering Jesus through scripture that you can come to note, just like these samerican villagers did, that Jesus is indeed the savior of the world. And that is where this story intersects with John's overarching purpose. Jesus is revealed as the savior of the world, and how appropriate that that title Savior of the world comes out of the mouth of these non Jewish people, Samaritans, and this is a little preview we get here of how the Gospel is going to expand through this cross cultural evangelism. It's acts one eight models. In a nutshell, here where Jesus himself gives us this pattern for the growth of the church. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samara and to the ends of the Earth. But it only happens for two reasons. Number one, because of Jesus's priority to do the will of the father and accomplish his work, and number two, because of Jesus's urgency to do the will of his father and accomplish his work. Are you a follower of Christ this morning? Do you share his priority? Because pursuing God's will, accomplishing God's work, that is to be like food for you. You are to be the kind of person who sometimes gets so swept up in serving others that that you don't even think about your own needs for a little while. It only happens because of Jesus's priority and because of his urgency. The sense that the age of the harvest is now so again if you are a follower of Jesus, I have to ask do you share this sense of urgency when it comes to the Gospel? Maybe you so, maybe you reap, but the fact is we are living in the age of the harvest. Now is the time for harvesting. There is much work to be done. Or, as Piper said, missions exists because worship doesn't.

The father is seeking true worshippers. Until that is complete, we have missions, and so we want to give the the highest priority and urgency to following his will and performing his work. And if you're here this morning, and I promise is the last thing, if you're not a follower of Christ, you need to know that Jesus is indeed the savior of the world and he can be your savior too. In fact, in this story here Jesus is portrayed as the sower sowing the seed and this Samaritan woman. But the thing that you need to know about Jesus is he's not just the Sower, he actually is the seed. He is the grain of wheat that fell into the ground and died and now, having been risen from the dead, he is bearing great spiritual fruit and he is coming again soon to reap the harvest once and for all. Scripture says he has gathers up. He's going to gather up the weeds to be burned and gather up the wheat into his barn. That's true, but just don't just take my word for that. You have to experience that yourself. Listen to him. He's speaking to you through his word, his his spirit is speaking to your heart, calling you to turn from your sin, to obey him, to trust him. So don't ignore him, don't tune him out, listen to him. Be Saved, because this is God's will for your life. Let's pray, Lord. We know that we do none of this perfectly. When we think about our priorities and where our sense of urgency lies, we have to confess that so often it is not found in doing your will and performing your work. It is instead focused and consumed with so many other things. God, I pray this morning that you would realign our hearts so that we would match what you would have for us. Help us, Lord, also to not just be hearers of the word only, but to be doers of the word. And God, I pray especially for those who might be here, who maybe here who do not know you, who have not submitted to you that the Gospel seed that has been sewn into their lives will bear fruit. We are totally dependent upon you, God, to do that work, but help us all to be ready and willing to get to work. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

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