Tom - Jesus tells the woman that the time has come when “true worshippers” will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, because the Father who is “Spirit” seeks those kind of worshippers. To worship God means to hold God in the highest reverence because of who he is, his character and his conduct, as opposed to worshipping worldly things such as our work or money. We worship Jesus in our actions, our attitudes, our treatment of our family and others, scripture reading, prayer, tithing, and our gratitude. In short we live in an abiding relationship with Jesus. To worship in Spirit and Truth means that our spirit is the core of who we are. We have our body, our soul and at the very center is our spirit. We must love and worship from the very center of our core. And truth means acknowledging who Jesus is and who we are in all of our circumstances.
Melissa - I love in verse 39 when it says “many in the town believed because of the woman’s testimony.” She was considered a nobody and an outcast yet she brought many people to Christ. It just shows what God can do through us when we let Him.
Megan - In chapter 4 there is some great stuff! Jesus said if you knew the generosity of God you would be asking me for water. It is so uplifting to think that if we know God we know that He is so generous and we can feel free to ask for what we need. I also loved that Jesus said true worship involves standing before God as ourselves in adoration. We don't have to be fake or perfect to worship Him. The Samaritan woman also witness to her people about Jesus by showing them that He knew her problems yet still did not shy away from her. The people believed in Jesus because of that not because she was perfect and had everything in order in her life. Why do we feel like we have to have it all together in order to worship and witness?
Dennis - I love how Jesus treats Nicodemus (top of social ladder) and the Samaritan woman (bottom of social ladder) with equal respect and opens the kingdom to both.
Renee - Jesus' words: (John 4:23-24)
"But the time is coming- indeed it's here now- when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth."
I want to learn more about this 'spirit and truth'. Worship from our innermost beings? The truth being The Trinity's Way for our salvation? A phrase to ponder and study.
Verse 1-3 Why would the Pharisees care that Jesus and his disciples are baptizing more than John, and why does this information prompt Jesus to return to Galilee?
Verse 6 “Jesus was tired.” We tend to forget about the humanity of Jesus because we know that He was Gods son, but He actually felt everything that we feel today. He knew what it was to feel betrayed, exhausted, frustrated, overjoyed, and amused. He had to learn how to walk, talk, and tie his shoes like the rest of us. He was 100% human, so he is the perfect mediator between God and man.
Verse 7-9 Jesus was always breaking social conventions and boundaries in order to minister to people. As a result, many people who would not otherwise have been exposed to the gospel were saved.
Verse 10-12 Jesus is speaking about spiritual things to a person whose mind is focused on the natural realm. Just as with Nicodemus, the woman’s natural mind cannot perceive things of the spirit.
Observation: We need the Holy Spirit to discern the truth of God’s Word
Verse 14 Jesus is clearly speaking of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is intended to be a spring of living water within us, refreshing our soul, and flowing out of us to refresh others.