What Everyone Needs to Know About Jesus
Sermon Title: What Everyone Needs to Know about Jesus
Introduction: In John 4:1-34, Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well. It is through this encounter that we learn three things that everyone must know and never forget about Jesus: that He has time for us, that He overcomes all barriers, and that He gives living water. Everything we are and do as a church flows out of this personal encounter with Jesus.
Point 1: Jesus has Time for You
Tired, hungry, and thirsty during a three-day journey, Jesus pauses at the well to make Himself available to the Samaritan woman whom He meets. Forgetting his own physical needs, He values her. In doing so, He finds an energy, passion, and ability that satisfy Him as He accomplishes the Father’s will.
Do you know that Jesus has time for you?
Point 2: Jesus Overcomes All Barriers
Many hindrances can appear to bar us from knowing the Lord, but Jesus overcomes them. He picks the most unlikely convert with woman at the well: She is of the “wrong” race, religion, gender, and morals. Jesus seeks her out and crosses these barriers.
Do you know that Jesus overcomes all of your barriers?
Point 3: Jesus Gives Living Water
Jesus offers the woman “living water” (v. 10). By inquiring about her husband, He gently shows her that her thirst is distorted—that she has forsaken the fountain of living waters and drinks from a broken cistern (Jeremiah 2:12-13).
Jesus exposes her real need, and she responds enthusiastically to His offer of this undeserved gift of God. This outcast of a woman unashamedly shares with others her joy and satisfaction. God makes all things new!
Do you know that Jesus gives living water?
Conclusion:Jesus was also thirsty while dying on the cross. He experienced a real thirst of the soul as He bore the Father’s wrath for our sins. He lay down His life for us all.
Key statements from John 4:
- Jesus: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (v. 10).
- Samaritan woman: “Sir, give me this water” (v. 15).