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Summary: Jesus told his disciples to open their eyes for the fields were ripe for harvest. He's telling us the same thing.

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THE HARVEST

John 4:27-42

1) Turning sorrow into joy (vs. 27-30). Vs. 28-she left her water jar. Where once she was fixated on literal water, now, after hearing about living water, her fixation is on that instead; so much so that she runs to tell others about it. How about us? What are we excited about? What are we fixated on? What’s more important to us-the material or the spiritual? Are we more concerned about earthly treasures or heavenly ones? This woman was excited. She who was once downcast and burdened with her past was now excited and joyous about her future. From the beginning of this woman’s encounter with Jesus until now we see a positive progression in her attitude toward Jesus as well as her understanding of who Jesus was. At first there was confusion, then hostility; eventually there was joy. At first she saw Jesus only as a Jew; later she saw him as a prophet and finally as the Savior. So it could be with us. At first, some people might have a negative view of Christians (based on what they’ve heard about them). Then, as time goes on, that image starts to melt away and eventually they see us in a better light. Also, before a person encounters us they may have seen God in a negative light (too harsh or judgmental). Then, through our testimony, they begin to realize that he’s loving and just. We can play a big part in resolving people’s misconceptions. It’s interesting-in verse 16 Jesus told her to go call her husband. She, embarrassed, could not do that. Now, she could go back, not embarrassed, but joyful; not to call one man but a whole town! Vs. 29-“everything I ever did”. I don’t think she was purposely lying in order to pique their interest. Perhaps the statement was due to pure excitement. It could’ve been just her way of summarizing what Jesus did reveal to her. It could be that Jesus actually told her things not mentioned here; maybe she figured that since Jesus revealed something about her he couldn’t possibly have known then he must know everything else about her too. Vs. 29-‘could this be the Christ?’ I don’t think this was spoken in doubt but in an effort to draw them in. “Could this be the Christ? Come see for yourself.” I shared last week that being a good witness for Christ means saying something that would draw them in and get them interested. This is what we find this woman doing. Vs. 30-They came out and made their way toward him. The effect of the woman’s experience with Jesus led her to affect others with the reality of Jesus. She not only said something that got their attention but she also showed something that got their attention. The townspeople would’ve picked up not only on her extreme statement but also the change in her demeanor. It was evident that something had happened to her. Notice her excitement allowed her to release any hostility towards the townspeople. Where before the townspeople didn’t want anything to do with her because of her history with men, where before she had to fetch water at midday because she was ostracized by the other women she now was willing to go and tell anyone who would listen about her newly found source of hope. She could’ve just stayed at the well, taken everything in and walked away and kept it to herself. She could’ve held onto her anger and hostility. But no; she excitedly wanted everyone to know. I think part of the reason might have her being able to tell them, “I’m not a nobody anymore. I found someone who truly cares about me. Come see the one who has shown me what love is.” What about us? What kind of effect has Jesus had on us? Does it show? Would people see a difference in us? Has Jesus made such an impact on our lives on us that we are telling others?


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