John 4:1-30 (Living Water)


Intro: In his book He still moves stones – Max Lucado tells a moving story about a woman named Rebecca Thompson

A)Rebecca fell twice from the Fremont Canyon Bridge – She died both times /      1ST FALL  broke heart / 2nd BROKE HER neck


B) The first fall occurred when she was 18 yrs old / She was abducted along w/ 11 yr old sister Amy { Taken from Casper Wy.

1)    Drove to this Bridge – Where – Rebecca was beaten & Raped / somehow convinced them to not do the same to Amy


C) Both Rebecca & Amy were thrown over the Bridge / Amy died at impact – when her body hit a Rock

1)    Rebecca’s body hit a ledge & fell into deep water/  but she survived


D) Beaten/ bruised/  hip out of place - She hid between two big rocks & waited for THE DAWN



Well the Sun came up / she was found / Physicians treated her wounds / her attackers were caught & imprisoned

A)Life continued but the DAWN never came / See she was never able to climb up out of that canyon


B) So in Sept. of 1992 – 19yrs later – Rebecca drove back to that Bridge w/ her boyfriend & two yr old baby Daughter

1)    Kissed her daughter – asked Boyfriend to put her in the Car & that is when She Jumped – boyfriend startled when heard body hit water


C) That is when Rebecca Thompson died her 2nd Death


It Sad that her life was so shattered and Paralyzed by that horrible day that she couldn’t move on

A)Well the woman in Jn. Ch.4 is similar to Rebecca – she is a woman that had been beat up by life / hurt / heart broken & rejected 


B) She had been married 5 times / slew of kids each looking like a different Guy

1)    After 5 failed marriages / after having her heart broken time & time again she decided to give up on the marriage thing


C) So she was just shacking up w/ some guy –it  hurt less if there is no commitment


D.)    You could say she was looking for love in all the wrong places – that left her heartbroken & empty


E)But that all changed for her the day she met a stranger at a well outside of her city.

1) 4th of July – Woman set free – Rd v.1-15

Story teaches us several lesson: 1st lessons in Evangelism:

1) The need to be led by the Spirit.   v.4 – Needed to go to Samaria –


A)The Land of Israel was divided into 3 regions – Judea in the South / Samaria in the middle – Galilee further North.


B) The Areas of Judea and Galilee were populated by Jews – but the part in the middle – Samaria – belong to the Samaritans.

1)There was a long standing feud between the Jews and the Samaritans. 400yr old feud


C) The Samaritans were known as half breeds { After the fall of the Northern Kingdom – to the Assyrians 720 BC

1) The Assyrians infiltrated the land and intermarried with the Jews there.


D) When the Assyrians came they brought with them their pagan religions and practices –

1) What developed for a while there was a religious system that was part Judaism / part Paganism.


In time the residents of Samaria – returned to worship Yahweh alone/  but in their own Manner.

A)They only accepted the Pentateuch or the first 5 books of the OT as inspired scripture – { The rest of the OT they ignored. = More tension

B) When the Jews returned from exile during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah –

1) The Samaritans offered to help in the construction – but were denied by the Jews


C) They didn’t worship in Jerusalem – but instead built their own temple at MT Gerizim.  { Added to the tension.

1) Their temple was later destroyed by the Jews


D) So there was a growing animosity between the Jews and the Samaritans –

1) MAP Jewish person traveling From Judea to Galilee – longer route along the coast line – of Med sea – to avoid Samaria


So for Jesus to say he needed to go thru Samaria was a really odd thing.

A)Reason: Divine appointment.- He was being led.


B) Open to the leading of the spirit in our sharing – day to day movements –

1) Running late / stuck in traffic / person seated by on the bus / plane


C) Many times it is a divine appointment moment if you are open.




Now As they came to the city of Sychar – there was a well there –

A)Famous Jacob’s well -  major source – of water just outside of the city { Deep well – 100ft deep.


B) Jesus stops there – to rest – weary from the Journey –  over a small mt range -   Tired

1) Humanity of Jesus –


C) In opportune time and place: V.6 Sixth hour

– noon – hottest part of day

1) No one went to the well at that time.


D) Jesus sends his disciples to get food – He waits

   Here she comes


She came no doubt at this time to hide her shame: A)She came at this time because she knew no one else would be there.


B)Tired of the staring / tired of the whispers / tired of the gossip.


C) She had the reputation for being a loose woman – many men.


D) She had the reputation of not being able to keep a man.

1)They would love her and leave her – often times with another Child to feed.


E) So she came at that time – because she was just plain tired of all the whispers – all the gossip.


#2 – Jesus initiates conversation – Give Drink /  He knocks on hearts

A)This is amazing: The one who spoke forth the Niagara into existence


B)The one who shaped the Nile with his finger nail in the sand.

1) The one who could easily bring forth gallons of wine – now sits thirsty.


C) His way of breaking the ice – neutral ground.

 1) He doesn’t just dive in – You are a woman with a

     past. You are a sinner -


D) Most effective evangelism – Establishes a relationship.



She is surprised: He is a Jew / she Samaritan & Also She is a Woman /

A)Men didn’t speaks to women in Public – especially the religious leaders


B) #3 This Tells us that Jesus isn’t hung up by social and culture barriers

1) Doesn’t see man or woman – rich or poor – black or white – Mexican or oriental -     He sees human heart – in need of His love!

C) At this point – Jesus opens the conversation to the spiritual – He offers her LIVING WATER.

1) You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep!


12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"


D) Here is what she is saying: How are you going to do that – nothing to draw and this is a great well – Been here for 2,000 yrs

1) Continues to provide refreshment – meet the needs of the community {  RICH DEEP WELL. 


E)What are you talking about?


John 4:13-14

Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." 


Profound statement: Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again.

#4 Jesus reveals man’s need! He is unsatisfied.


B) On Thursday Denise and I celebrated our 20 yr anniversary: surprised her Ruth Chris Gift card recent guest speaking:

We sat down at our table – immediately the waiter shows up wants to know if we want a bottle of Panna water or Pierre –


C) Bubbles or no bubbles – W/out even thinking I immediately said – Panna – no Bubbles please

1) Now I don’t usually go to places like that – so it wasn’t until he poured it and I noticed the look on Denise’s face – realized something wrong


D) I was going to have to pay for that water – I thought it was part of the deal – Europe -  they do that.

1) So the Bill comes and sure enough – there it is - $ 8.00 for a bottle of water. $8.00


But I have to tell you it was the best water I have ever had – amazing –

A)In fact I haven’t been thirsty since – I haven’t drank anything since that night –


B) For $8.00 a bottle I wish that was true – Be honest – I was really disappointed – didn’t really taste much different from normal water

1) Not only did I get thirsty again – I did that night – two glasses of ice tea


C) Arrived home that night I had some more water - 




But you see everything in life is that way: You will thirst again.

A)Business deal – thirst again / Promotion: thirst again


B) New house / car – thirst again: Movie – stimulate all your senses Laugh cry / scream / angry / celebrate : thirst again

1)They should warn us -  Welcome to …….. thirst again


C) Drugs – Joint – paper – thirst again

1) Sex – thirst again


There is nothing in this life that satisfies the deep longing inside of the heart of man.

A)A.W. Pink: “The seat of the "thirst" within man lies too deep for the waters of this earth to quench.”


B) It is easy for us to forget that in our affluent society.

1)So much emphasis on the outward – trying to look satisfied – But inside there is a VOID –


C) Jesus provides that which satisfies –

Jesus is the infinite fountain: -


Great description of the Love of God- His Salvation forgiveness / cleansing – Refreshment

A)A fountain that just keeps flowing.


B)Story: picture of the love of God rushing down like the Amazon upon one flower. – one soul!

Revelation .21:6 “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”


Revelation.7:17 "for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters


Psalm 23:2-3 He leads me beside the still waters, he restores my soul!


B) Be satisfied in the Lord

Psalm 36:8-9

8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.  9 For with You is the fountain of life;




C) Well she was interested in this water – Said – please give me some. Don’t have… to draw anymore

1) Jesus says V.16 – go and get your husband.   Why?


D) #5 Confront her sin – He wanted her to see that she was trying to fill her heart with the wrong things

1.)       ROOT ISSUE – He loves us enough – get to root issue / She needed to face her sin - 


E)      Before person can be refreshed by Christ – they need to see their sin

1.)       turn from sin – turn to the Lord


F) Wonder if she thought – is he hitting on me -

17 The woman answered and said, "I have no husband."


Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,'  18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly." 



Notice what she does – changes the subject

19 The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship."


A.)    We do the same


B.)     Change subject – run from -   Sue


C.)    Others try to blame someone else

1.)       Amanda -  Aaron



The only way to be forgiven – experience cleansing and refreshment is be up front – sinned!    3 options:

A.)    Run away  / blame others /   surrender


B.) At first she tries to run – Where is the best place to worship?


C) His response: Lesson in Worship Rd v.21-24

Jesus tells her it is not about location: It is about the heart –

A)Spirit and truth


B) Spirit: 2 Things – Sincere – These people honor me with their mouths but their heart is far from me –


C) Worship is a deeply spiritual thing – Enter the throne room

1) Touch the heart of God – He inhabits the praises – Enthroned when we sing


D) Truth: Is according to scripture:


Now there are 7 Hebrews words for Praise each one - gives us insight into how worship declares our faith.


1st word is Barak used in Judg. 5:12 / Psa. 72:12-15 /   Barak speaks of silent praise from the Heart.

A) There is no statement of vocal expression in this word. /


B) But it is active in the sense that kneeling - is associated w/ it.


C) It means to kneel to bless - to salute ! It is a word that speaks of a deep Reverence !


2nd Word is Halal - which is the most common word for praise found in the Bible - 99 times in O.T. & in 1/3 of the Psalms

A) Halal is the root of the word Hallelujah which literally means to praise the Lord.


B) Halal means to shout / to celebrate / to rave / to boast / & to sing loudly !

1)  It is a word that speaks of a radical outward expression of worship- a real letting go - and worshipping the Lord.


3rd word is Yadah means to throw out the hands: It is used in 2 Chron. 20:21 and in several of the Psalms .

A) The idea w/ this word is to throw out the hands to touch the throne of God!


B) It speaks of a thankful expression of worship


4th word Towdah also involves the hands - Towdah means to lift our hands - it is the most common word for thanks in Israel today.

A) It speaks of lifting the hands in thanks for what God is going to do!


B) The outward lifting of the hands speaks of the inward lifting of the heart.

1) Lam. 3:41 declares let us lift our heart with our hands


C) Yadah speaks of giving - Towdah anticipates receiving - daddy pick me up

1)    The need or attitude of the heart is displayed in the way we lift our hands

5th Word is Zamar - speaks of instrumental praise - again used in several of the Psalms - it lit. means to touch the strings to celebrate in song

A) David as a worship leader was always inventing musical instruments to be used in worship.


6th word is Shabach = to commend to triumph to glory and shout with a loud voice !

A) - Now you get the idea here w/ most of these words aside from Barak/  that God intends worship to be a loud very expressive thing.


B) Excitement about the Lord and his presence in our lives!


Someone once said that Loud praise is not because God is deaf or hard of hearing - or far away , but it is because He deserves great commendation, His glory & majesty are worthy of praise


Also note: God is seeking such to worship Him!


John 4:25-26

25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."


26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." 


Jesus reveals himself to this woman -  I am He

  First revelation of being MESSIAH

John 4:27-30


And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or, "Why are You talking with her?"


28 The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.


She left her pot – { Suddenly what was the most pressing thing on her plate was no longer – when she met Jesus.


Bart left his coat –


Disciples left their boats


She becomes an evangelist:


31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." 

33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?"

34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

#3 Great Satisfaction in Service: My Food ….


Jeremiah 2:13

'For My people have committed two evils:

They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,

And hewn themselves cisterns — broken cisterns that can hold no water.


Jesus gives living Water


We have to be so careful because we can be guilty of the same thing

A)Forsake the Lord – go after cisterns or wells that have cracks in them