THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
LESSON NINE

I.  
John 4:27
      27. And upon this came his disciples, and marveled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest
             thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
     
     [A] Review
             [1]   If you remember, last time we met, we seen the Jesus went into Samaria, and there he sat down at a well
                     to rest while his disciples went off to purchase food.
             [2] While they were gone, a Samaritan woman came to the well and Jesus asked for a drink of water.
                     [a] What made Jesus actions so strange?        
                     [b] Why was this a strange request for Jesus to ask her for a drink?
             [3] Jesus talked to the woman and told her that he could give her living water, and with that water, she would
                     never thirst again.
                     [a]   What was this living water he told her about
             [3] Jesus also told her to go and get her husband,
                     [a] What did she tell Jesus?
                             [1] She had no husband
                     [b]   Then Jesus told her she had answered correctly,
                             [1] She had had five husbands, and the man she had at the present, she was not married too.
                     [c] Why did Jesus associate with a woman who was apparently not only a Samaritan, but a sinner as well?

     [B]   While Jesus was still talking to the woman, his disciples returned
             [1] Why did they marvel that he talked to the woman?
                     [a] She was a Samaritan
                     [b] She was a woman
             [2] Why didn’t they ask him what he was talking to her for?

II.  
John 4:28-30   
      28. The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
      29. Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
      30. Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

     [A] The woman left her water pot and went into the city
             [1]  What does this tell us about the woman?
                     [a]  She wasn’t worried about the water pot, she had found something better.
                     [b]  She was excited about Jesus
                     [c]  She left her toil to do something better, she was spreading the good news
                     [d]  She wanted others to experience what she did
             [2] Questions                
                     [a]  Is this not what we are expected to do as well?
                     [b]  Should it not be that following Jesus and proclaiming Him to others, be more important than anything
                             else in our life?
                     [c]  Are we expected to leave everything in order to proclaim him to others?

     [B]   What message did the woman carry to the men of the city?
             [1]  Come see a man, who told me everything I ever did
                     [a]  What was she speaking of when she said this?
                     [b]  Certainly what little Jesus told her, was not everything she ever did, so what was she speaking of?
             [2]  This is the same message we must share with the world if we want the world to come to Jesus.
                     [a]  We must encourage them to come and see,
                     [b]  We must encourage them to come and experience what we experience
                     [c]  We must encourage them to come and partake of the goodness of Jesus, so they will know what
                             being a Christian is all about        

     [C]  I find it interesting, that the men of the city left everything that they were doing and they too went out to see
             Jesus.
             [1]  Why would compel them to do such a thing, after all it was around noon, the middle of the day, and they
                     certainly had work to do that afternoon?
             [2]  What did the woman say them that made them want to Go?
             [3]  Why would they listen to a woman, who held no position, and no power in the land?
             [4]  What made them believer her?

     [D]  I believe that excitement made them believe, and was the factor that caused them to go see this Jesus.
             [1] Why is there so little excitement in the church today?
             [2] What can we do to stir up excitement, so others will see our excitement and want to come and see why we
                     are excited?         

III.  
John 4:31-38
     31. In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
     32. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
     33. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
     34. Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
     35. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes,
             and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
     36. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that
             reapeth may rejoice together.
     37. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
     38. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their
             labours.

     [A]  Apparently while the woman was gone, and the disciples tried to get Jesus to eat some of the food they had
             gone off to purchase.

     [B]  When they pressed him to eat, what did he tell them?
             [1]  I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
                     [a]  What was Jesus speaking of?
                     [b]  Did someone feed him, without the disciples knowing about it?

     [C]  What was Jesus’ reply to what he has eaten?
              [1]  My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
                     [a]  What does this mean?
                     [b]  According to Jesus, what’s the most important thing in the world for us to do?
                     [c]  If doing the will of God is the most important thing, even more important than eating, what does this
                             tell you about following God?
                     [d]  Jesus said that the first and greatest commandment was to love the Lord our God with all our heart,
                             all our mind and with all our strength.
                             [1]  Hearing this, how much are we to love our Lord?
                             [2]  Does anyone Love the Lord that much?
                             [3]  What things would change in our lives if we were to take seriously what Jesus said?
                             [4]  What things are more important to you, than Jesus?

     [D]  Verse 35 - Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up
             your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
             [1]   The fields are white, and ready for the harvest
                     [a]  What did Jesus mean with this statement?
                     [b]  Was he speaking of  harvesting crops?
             [2]  Jesus spoke of not waiting until a certain time to reap the harvest, but instead to take advantage of the
                     time you have, because the harvest is ready.        
                     [a]  In other words, we cannot put off witnessing to someone, until we think the time is right, we must
                             make the time right by doing it now
                     [b]  There is no perfect time to witness, instead we must make every opportunity count that we can

     [E]   Verses 36-38
             36. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he
                   that reapeth may rejoice together.
             37. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
             38. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their
                   labours.
             [1]  Jesus goes on to tell his disciples that winning souls is a joint effort.
                     [a]  One might plant a seeds in someone’s heart
                     [b]  Another might stir them up more, when they witness to them        
                     [c]  And another might witness to them and see them accept the Lord.
             [2]  It takes a lot of Christians to lead someone to salvation, along with the work of the Holy Spirit, all working
                     together, to reach a common goal.        
             [3]  None of us can save a soul, only God can do that, but together we can work to lead the lost into the safe
                     hold of Jesus, where he can reach down and save them.        

IV.  
John 4:39-42
     39. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me
           all that ever I did.
     40. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them:
           and he abode there two days.
     41. And many more believed because of his own word;
     42. And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and
           know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

     [A]  Not all, but many of the people of the City believed what the woman told them because Jesus had told her
             about her life.
             [1]  It was not just the fact that Jesus told her these things, she was excited and carried the words of Jesus
                     into her town and shared them.
             [2]  I can’t help but wonder how many people we could win for Jesus if we only got excited like this woman had,
                     and cared enough for others that we wanted them to experience what we experienced.

     [B]  There was of the people who believed him that they asked him to stay in their city for a while.                 
             [1]  If we look ahead to verse forty-three, we find that he stayed with them two days.
             [2] During that time, Jesus continued to preach and teach to the people and more believed.

     [C] The point here is, one woman’s excitement, was enough to bring a whole town to the knowledge of Jesus. This
             woman, who had been married five times, and was living in an adulterous situation at the time was the
             instrument Jesus uses to spread his gospel. She was a Samaritan, a woman that a good Jew would not have
             given the time of day too, plus she was a woman, and no good Jewish man would have took the time to talk to
             her. Yet Jesus did, and as a result, she was excited enough to leave her water pot, and run into town to tell
             others. Her excitement led an untold number of people to Jesus, where he was able to share with them and  
             they accepted him as the Messiah.
             [1]  We need to somehow stir up this excitement in our hearts, even as the Samaritan woman had
             [2]  We need to stir up and interest in others so we can lead them to Jesus just as she did.

V.  
John 4:43
     43. Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

     [A]  For two days Jesus stayed with the people in Samaria, then he proceeded to Galilee.
             [1]  Galilee was the part of Israel where Jesus was from
             [2]  Galilee was where Nazareth was located and it was also where Cana was,
                     [a]  What happened at Cana?

VI.  
John 4:44-54  
      44. For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.
      45. Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at
            Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.
      46. So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman,
            whose son was sick at Capernaum.
      47. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he
            would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
      48. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
      49. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
      50. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto
            him, and he went his way.
      51. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
      52. Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the
            seventh hour the fever left him.
      53. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself
            believed, and his whole house.
      54. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

     [A] Verse 44
             [1]  This verse always seemed to be out of place here in John. We find it elsewhere when Jesus went back to
                     his hometown and there he was not able to perform miracles because people did not believe, and
                     apparently that is what John was referring to here.

     [B]   Jesus was again back in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. His first miracle.

     [C]   A nobleman came to him and desired that he heal his son, for the son was about to die.

     [D]   Verse 48:   “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.”
             [1]   I believe Jesus said this as much for those who were present with him as he did to the man whose son
                     was dying
             [2]  Questions
                     [a]  What was Jesus referring to when he said this?
                     [b]  Are man any different today, than they were then?
             [4]  There are many today who refuse to believe in Jesus because they cannot prove that he exist.
             [5]  Unless they see things which can be proven scientifically, they will not believe
             [6]  How do you know that Jesus exists?
             [7]  What proof do you have in his existence?

     [E]  Verses 49-50
             49. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
             50. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken
                   unto him, and he went his way.
             [1]  The man pleaded with Jesus, By the words he spoke, he professed his faith
                     [a]  Sir, come down, ere my child will die.
                             [1]  Where did this man receive his faith?
                             [2]  What made him believe that Jesus was all who could help his son?
             [2]   Jesus told him to go home, his son would be OK

     [F]  As the man was heading home, his servants met him telling him his son was better,
             [1]  When he inquired when he was made whole, he found it was at the very time that Jesus told him he would
                      be made well
             [2]   I wonder how many miracles Jesus performs today that he never gets credit for?

     [G]  Verse 54
             54. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
             [1]  This was the second miracle that Jesus performed.