‘Now we believe, not because of thy saying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world’ John 4:42
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not” (John 1:4)
Up to this point in our study in the holy Gospel, we have seen that Jesus the Messiah was unique in His birth, in His character, in His works and in His teachings.
we saw that no one has ever been born like Jesus, because He was born of a virgin, by the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
because no one else has ever been born with a holy nature like His.
because no one has ever done miracles like He did. He would simply speak a word, and the sick were healed, Satan and his demons fled, and sins were taken away.
We observed this in our last lesson in the conversation that took place between Jesus and a religious ruler named Nicodemus. Jesus showed Nicodemus that unless the Spirit of God renewed his heart, he could never enter the presence of God. That is why the Lord Jesus said to him,
In this lesson we will see how Jesus the Messiah spoke to someone who was very different from Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Jew; however, the person we will see in this lesson was not a Jew. Nicodemus was a man; the person we will see in this lesson was
Nicodemus was a very religious person, but this woman was a great sinner who had had five husbands. In the eyes of man, the religious ruler, Nicodemus, was better than the immoral woman. But that is not how God sees it, because all of Adam’s children—religious folk and great sinners alike, are
under the control of sin.
That is why all of Adam’s children must be born again by the power that comes from above.
Now let us return to the Gospel and read the conversation which Jesus had with the immoral woman from Samaria. Samaria was the region between Judea and Galilee in the land of the Jews.
Many Samaritans were
the Jews considered them pagans, which is why they did not get along with each other. However, Jesus the Messiah did not show favouritism because God does not show favoritism. Jesus came into the world to seek and to save
who wants to have a new and pure heart. That is why Jesus was not ashamed to talk to the Samaritan woman who had had five husbands.
Now let us read what is written in the Gospel of John. The Scripture says: (John 4:1-42) “When therefore, the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptised more disciples than John (though Jesus himself baptised not, but his disciples),
he left Judea,
and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called
near to the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat by the well; and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith unto her,
For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy food. Then saith the woman of Samaria to him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a woman of Samaria? For
the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith unto thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and
he would have given thee living water.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; from where, hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father, Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle? Jesus answered, and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again; but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him
shall never thirst,
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him,
that I thirst not, neither come here to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come here. The woman answered, and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband; for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband; that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that
thou art a prophet.
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what.
We know what we worship;
for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
and they that worship him must worship him is spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know the Messiah cometh, who is called Christ; when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her,
I that speak unto thee am he.
And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman. Yet no man said, what seekest thou? Or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, who told me all things that I ever did.
Is not this the Christ?
Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. In the meanwhile his disciples besought him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have food to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him anything to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My food is to do the will of him that sent me,
and to finish his work.
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto eternal life, that both he that soweth and he that repeath may rejoice together. And here is that saying true,
One soweth, one reapeth.
I sent you to reap that on which ye bestowed no labour; other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, who testified,
He told me all that ever I did.
So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them; and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word, and said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying; for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world”
This is where the story of the Samaritan woman ends. Truly it is an important story, because it shows how an immoral woman discovered that Jesus is the Savior whom God sent to earth.
At the beginning of the conversation, the woman did not know who was speaking with her. She viewed Jesus as just another Jew among many Jews. However, during the conversation, Jesus told her some things that a mere man could not know, which was why she concluded that
Jesus must be a prophet.
However, she finally came to see that this Jesus who was talking with her was more than a prophet. He was the Messiah—the One about whom all the prophets had prophesied,
the Savior of the world!
Once the woman recognized that this Man who was sitting on the edge of the well and speaking with her was the Messiah, she put down her water jar and ran into town, telling them, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.
Could this be the Messiah?”
After that, the people of the town came out to Jesus and asked Him to stay. Jesus stayed there for two days, teaching them how they could have a new and pure heart and become true worshipers of God. Thus, the Scripture says: “And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of thy saying;
for we have heard him ourselves,
and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42)
Now let us continue in the Gospel and see what happened a few days after Jesus’ visit to Samaria. We will see that not everyone received Jesus as the Savior of the world. In the Gospel of Luke, the Scripture says: (Luke 4:14-21)
“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee; and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues,
being glorified by all.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet, Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And
he closed the book,
and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them,
This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”.
With these words, Jesus claimed that He was the Messiah and the Savior about which the prophet Isaiah wrote seven hundred years earlier. However, the Jews who lived in Nazareth could not accept that this Jesus, who had grown up among them, was the Savior of the world sent from heaven! That is why they scorned Him, saying,
The Scripture goes on to say how Jesus warned the people of Nazareth not to despise the Messiah whom God had sent to them. But that only made them more angry. Thus, the Scripture says:
(Luke 4:28-30) “And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way”.
Thus the people of Nazareth tried to kill Jesus!
They tried to kill Him because Jesus claimed to be the Messiah about whom all God’s prophets had written. “Truth is like a hot pepper, it is hard to swallow”. Jesus’ words of truth made the people of Nazareth so angry that
they tried to throw Him off the cliff.
But they could not do it, because the time appointed by God for Jesus to die
had not yet come.
The proverb says: “The woodcutter does not cut down the main tree in the village (under which folks meet).” Jesus the Messiah is God’s “Main Tree!” How foolish and evil of men to want to “cut down” the One whom God appointed as the Savior and Judge of the world! Later, men would kill Him – but God would raise Him from the dead
three days later.
We will learn more about this in a future lesson.
how can we summarise our lesson?
We have read two stories about two groups of people. Both groups heard that Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, but their responses to His claim were very different.
1) First, we heard about the sinner woman that Jesus met at the well and the people of Samaria. They received the words of Jesus with great joy and believed that Jesus is the Messiah,
the Savior of the world.
2) However, in our second story, we saw the religious people of Nazareth. They despised the words of Jesus. They did not believe that Jesus, who had grown up in their town, was
In brief, we see that the sinners living in the town of Samaria accepted Jesus as the Savior sent from heaven, but the religious people living in Nazareth did not accept Him.
Which of these two groups do you more closely resemble? Are you like the people of Samaria who received Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Or
are you like the people of Nazareth,
who refused to believe that Jesus was the Messiah sent from heaven to save them from their sins? Do you recognize that Jesus is the Redeemer of whom all the prophets wrote?
Have you received Him as your Savior?
Listen to what the Holy Scripture says concerning Jesus the Messiah. It says:
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not … He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and
the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the children of God,
even to them that believe on his name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:5,10-13)
Dear Friend, have you been born of God? Do you really believe in Jesus?
In our next lesson we will see the signs which Jesus showed, so that everyone might know that He is the One true Saviour of the world.
God bless you as you remember what the people of Samaria testified concerning Jesus, saying,
“This is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world!” (John 4:42)
We would invite you to answer the questions attached and send them together with any questions that you might have