Summary: This Series was inspired by John Ortberg's book of the same title. This week we look at how Jesus changed how women and marriage were viewed.
Who is This Man? 3
If I was to ask you about the longest recorded conversation that Jesus had in the four gospels who would you say it involved? His best friend, Peter? John the Baptist? The High Priests when they were interrogating him or Pilate during this trial? Wrong on each account. The longest conversation that Jesus is recorded as having in any of the four Gospels is found in the passage that was read for us earlier and took place at a well on the side of the road. And while it might not seem all that important to us it was world changing in its context.
This is week three of our “Who is this Man?” series. And it seems a little familiar in spots it was actually birthed out of a message I did over the Christmas Season entitled “A Wonderful Life”.
I finished that message by referencing John’s words in John 21:25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written. And I promised that I would be coming back to re-visit and expand upon the thoughts of “How Jesus shaped our world.” If it doesn’t seem a little familiar to you I’m crushed that you didn’t remember, but I’ll get over it.
So on Good Friday and Easter Sunday we looked at what various people on those days would have said about who Jesus was. And then I left if for a few weeks and came back after Mother’s day to delve back into the theme again. And some of you are thinking, “Oh Yeah, that sounds familiar”. And others are thinking “He’s preached on this before?”
So two weeks ago we looked at Who is this Man from our perspective and read from Cornerstone’s statement of faith that you can find on our website. And part of that says: our beliefs are in line with historic Christianity. And then we looked at what that meant in our beliefs about Jesus. That he is the Son of God, that he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, that his death on the cross was in atonement for our sins and that on the third day he rose from the dead. This we believe.
And so last week we looked at the greatest gift that Jesus left the world, and that wasn’t his teachings, or his example, it was his church. Jesus promised the world in Luke 6:47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.
And it was because of these people who came to Jesus, and listened to Jesus’ teachings and then followed those teachings that the world has been changed. Last week we looked at How:
Jesus Shaped How We Think of the Poor
Jesus Shaped How We Think of the Sick
Jesus Shaped How We Think of Slaves
Jesus Shaped How We Think of Children
So back to the question: If I was to ask you about the longest recorded conversation that Jesus had in the four gospels who would you say it involved? The answer of course is found in the scripture that was read for us earlier, the longest recorded conversation that Jesus had with anyone was with the Samaritan woman that he met at the well, as recorded in John 4. And you might be asking ‘Why is that so important?” The answer is found further along in the story. So to bring you up to speed.