Summary: Why are you believing Jesus? Are you believing Him only for the miraculous things He is able to do for you? That’s why the Galileans welcomed Him and He marveled at their unbelief.
This morning we have reached a transition text. These three verses mark a transition from the wonderful revival that just happened in Samaria… to the time when Jesus went back home to Galilee. In one way, you can think of what has happened in chapter four up to this point as a stopover. Remember back in verse 3, the Bible laid out the itinerary. Jesus and the disciples were heading from Judea back home to Galilee. In Judea they had been baptizing people right down the river from John the Baptist. That happened after a time in Jerusalem where Jesus cleansed the temple and performed many miracles. Right before that, Jesus performed the first miracle of his ministry when He turned the water into wine at Cana of Galilee. So if you were to plot Jesus’ movement so far through the book of John, it would look like this. His first miracle was at Cana of Galilee. Then He went down to Jerusalem in Judea. Then He went up a little bit to a more rural area of Judea just south of where John the Baptist was, where his disciples baptized. Then, 4:3 says that they left Judea and headed to Galilee. But verse 4 says that they went through Samaria, which specifically was the town of Sychar. Now, our passage this morning says that they spent two days in Sychar. Then they continued their journey on to Galilee. I have to admit that the temptation is to breeze right past this transition passage and tack it on to the upcoming miracle. But that wouldn’t do the Text the justice that it deserves. This transition isn’t just here to add fluff to the passage or make the reading flow better. Some liberal scholars have even said that somebody came in and added these after John originally wrote it. That’s not true. As you study this book, you begin to see these wonderful transition passages in several places. And each one provides a key to seeing the events the way they’re supposed to be seen. We talk all the time about the danger of pulling Scripture out of context. Seeing these transitions in this book will help keep us from doing that. They’ll keep us from doing that because we will see the purpose John has in including the events that he does in the order that he does. Do you remember the reason that the Holy Spirit inspired John to write this book? Even though it’s historically accurate, it wasn’t written to give us a complete blow-by-blow historical account of Jesus’ life. John himself said as much in the last verse of the book. He said, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” The Holy Spirit didn’t inspire John to write the book as a comprehensive history. John says that wouldn’t have been possible. He didn’t even attempt to include all of Jesus’ miracles. Instead, he chose a handful of events and miracles and linked them together to prove a point. And he told us what that point was in 20:30-31. “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Every event, every miracle, every transition is meant to point to the fact that Jesus is the Christ. Every event, every miracle, every transition is meant to point to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God. And every event, every miracle, every transition is meant to point you to belief in Him. So the question for us this morning is, How does this transitional passage do that? It does that by showing us two contrasting gospels. It shows us the gospel of wonders that people were eager to accept. And it shows us the gospel of Word that the people rejected.