We are doing a verse by verse study in the book of John on Wednesday nights. This sermon will be preached on Wednesday, November 28th 2007.
Revival in Sychar
INTRO: We have so far seen the reaction of the Samaritan Woman to the testimony of Jesus. We have also seen the reaction of the disciples as they speak to Jesus. And now, we shall see the impact that Jesus has upon the lives of the Samaritans of Sychar.
Illustration: How many of you remember the old song we used to sing, “Something beautiful.” It’s lyrics are: “Something beautiful, something good; All my confusion, He understood; All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife; But He made something, beautiful of my life.”
And that is just what Jesus has done for this Samaritan woman. She had nothing to offer to Jesus, but Jesus had everything to offer to her: Eternal life. She now goes out and is no longer a person of ill-repute, but she is a person of beauty, and her testimony changes a city.
How is this important to us? There is power in two different things in this story: (1) There is power in a life that is changed by Jesus Christ; (2) There is power in our testimony.
Let’s look at the text and see the power behind this woman’s testimony.
John 4:39-42 ISV – Now many of the Samaritans of that town believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony when she testified, “He told me everything I’ve ever done.” (40) So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there for two days. (41) And many more believed because of his word. (42) They kept telling the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard him ourselves, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world.”
1. A reaction of Faith.
John 4:39 ISV – Now many of the Samaritans of that town believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony when she testified, “He told me everything I’ve ever done.”
What a miraculous result that came from this woman’s testimony. Evidently, they saw the life change of this woman, even in the short amount of time as just a conversation she had with them. There was something about her that told them that she had a life-changing experience.
This is not the only time that something like this has happened. The same thing happened to Peter and John.
Acts 4:13 ISV – Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and found out that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and realized that they had been with Jesus.
Peter and John was taken and made to stand in front of the High Priest of Judaism, and they gave answers that they knew those ordinary men just couldn’t give. I think the expression, “They realized that they had been with Jesus,” means that they answered the way that Jesus had answered them, and they new that this just wasn’t an ordinary thing for these to men to be able to do.
Appl.: There are a number of questions and objections that the world has regarding Christ and Christianity. And while we should be studying and learning, ultimately, the best way to answer their questions and objections is to be filled with the Spirit and allow the Spirit to give you the words to say.
Matthew 10:19 ISV – When they hand you over, don’t worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say, for in that hour what you are to say will be given to you.
Going back to our text, we see that the people of the city, once they believed, had a great desire to learn more about God and His plan.
2. A desire for fellowship.
John 4:40 ISV – So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there for two days.
In the Greek, the phrase, “they asked him,” is imperfect tense. Meaning, “They continued to ask Him.” It was on more than one time they asked Him, it was if they were almost begging Jesus to stay with them. This is one of the signs that a person has become truly converted and is a Christ-follower. They have this desire to spend time with the Lord. In services, in the Word, in prayer, in fellowship with other believers.
3. The Samaritans themselves have a Testimony.
John 4:41-42 ISV – And many more believed because of his word. (42) They kept telling the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard him ourselves, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world.”
I find it interesting that the Scriptures here are silent concerning whether or not Jesus performed any acts of healings or miracles among the Samaritans. Evidently, it wasn’t needed like it was for the Jews, they simply took Jesus at His word and believed in Him, that He was the Messiah.
APPLICATIONAL: What can we take from this passage we’ve studied and make it applicational for today.
1. When we put our faith in Jesus, changes will always result.
Jesus is not in the business of leaving us in the same condition that we were in, but as His Spirit lives and us, He produces changes.
These changes may not be very noticeable at first, we aren’t going to be walking a perfect Christian life yet, but they will be there.
One of the things I feel that will be the first to change is our desires. It may be slow at first, but our desires for God and the things of God will begin to increase while our desires for pleasing ourselves and sin will begin to decrease.
2. As we grow in our faith, we will want to spend time in fellowship with Jesus.
Fellowship is a by-product of the Christian life.
Some areas of fellowshipping with the Lord are:
1. Fellowshipping with the community of believers – church.
2. Fellowshipping in His word – reading and studying the Bible.
3. Private fellowship – prayer.
4. Friendly fellowship – one on one with other believers.
3. As we share our testimony of the change that Jesus has made to the lost, the power of the Holy Spirit can take our testimony and change lives.
You don’t have to be a theologian or have the entire Bible memorized. Just tell your story of how Jesus saved you and the difference He has made in your life. And leave the results to the Holy Spirit.
CONCL: Jesus is still in the business of changing lives. Let us be vessels that He can use and like the Samaritan woman we have been studying about the last several weeks, let’s go out and tell our story to a world that desperately needs Jesus.
Next time we will look at Jesus and His healing of an official’s son.