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Summary: Jesus' words of "Give Me To Drink" were preceded by John 3:15 (Salvation); John 3:30 (Lordship), then comes John 4:7 (Service).

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I. First - Salvation John 3:1-21 Especially v15

As Jesus begins His Ministry, He first shows us Salvation

Not religious – for Nicodemus was VERY religious.

Not a good person – for Nicodemus was a good person.

Not someone who knew who God was – for Nicodemus knew who God was.

But someone who could worship, commune, and communicate with God.

Nicodemus was not alive spiritually.

It’s not about the Physical (enter into his mother’s womb a second time and be born)

But Spiritual (must be born of water (the Word) and the Spirit (made Spiritually alive)

I Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they

are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are

spiritually discerned.”

Nicodemus couldn’t even understand earthly things

and he didn’t have a chance of understanding spiritual things.

Nicodemus’ “church” nor his religious affiliation

could prepare him for what was necessary for the kingdom of God.

He needed to be born-again (made spiritually alive).

Romans 3:10 “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death;”

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet

sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 6:23b “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe

in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

First is Salvation – Are you saved? Salvation

II. Second - Death to Us John 3:22-36 Especially v30

John and his disciples - along with Jesus and His disciples,

Came into the same region

Aenon near to Salim – southeast of Nazareth / northeast of Jerusalem - at the Jordan River.

Jesus’ disciples were baptizing – See John 4:2)

These fishermen, tax-collectors, etc. were BAPTIZING in Jesus’ name!!

What a change Jesus makes in the lives of those who follow Him.

Typical worshippers

Some were for John’s group – they complained about Jesus’ group.

Some were for Jesus’ group – they complained about John’s group.

But John set them straight.

“It’s all about Jesus”

John knows that he is not the Messiah, but the friend of the bridegroom.

But John rejoices that the Messiah has come and is doing His God given work.

V30 – “He must increase but I must decrease”.

John knew his standing before the standing of the Lord Himself.

Jesus is all-in-all

And must always increase (and increase and increase and increase …….)

How many people behind the scenes work on a Billy Graham crusade effort?

Is there any doubt that Billy Graham pointed to Jesus, not to himself?

V34 through V36

God, the Father, has made God the Son to be first.

Life is given to the Son

Not the friend of the bridegroom

Not the disciples of the friend of the bridegroom

Not the disciples of the bridegroom

Jesus must always increase - and we must always decrease.

We can never make too much of Jesus Christ the Lord.

First is Salvation – Are you saved? Salvation

Second is God first – Is God first in your life? Lordship

III. Third - Serve Him John 4:1-10 Especially v7

Jesus departed Judaea and was headed toward Galilee – the northern part of Israel.

He could have taken the route to the north via the plain of the Jordan River.

He could have taken the route to the north via the coast of the Mediterranean Sea

But He took the most difficult route via the mountains – through Samaria.

He knew full well there would be a woman coming to a well that needed Salvation.

He got rid of the potential distraction of His disciples by sending them into the city on a errand.

Of course He was tired – mountain hiking will do that to you.

Of course He was hungry – mountain hiking will do that to you.

Of course He was thirsty – mountain hiking will do that to you.

Of course He wanted to reach this woman for the Salvation she needed.

So He made a request of this Samaritan woman, this harlot woman.

He said to her, “Give me to Drink.”

He used this opening to begin a dialog with her to bring her to faith.

We have looked at Jesus’ dialog with Nicodemus regarding Salvation.

Then we look at an event of John the Baptist regarding Lordship.

Now we see the third leg of the milk stool: Service.

I am drawn to Roman 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your

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