Is Jesus The Christ?
27 And at this point, His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him. (John 4:27-30, NKJV)
You could almost call this part two of “The Woman at the Well.” Remember that, as we looked at the first half of the gospel of John, chapter 4, we saw Jesus’ meeting and discussion with a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria. The disciples had gone into town to buy food, but as we pick up the narrative at verse 27, we see them coming back. The questions before us in this study are this:
- Who is Jesus to you?
- Is Jesus The Christ?
4:27 Breaking The Rules
The disciples were amazed that Jesus had been speaking with a woman. Remember last week we talked about the place women had in society back then, and about how Rabbis would never speak with a woman in public. It was against Jewish law. But Jesus, having created women just as human as men, and seeing that they needed salvation just as desperately as men, reached out to them, ministered to them, and yes, even talked with them!
Jesus often broke religious rules of men. He had no respect for religion because He knew that these things served to separate people from God, instead of drawing people towards God. In Mark chapter 7, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, saying:
For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”
He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. (Mark 7:8-9)
It is so important that we constantly analyze and examine our faith, to make sure that everything we believe, everything we practice, is in accordance with God’s Word, not man’s tradition. The threat of religion is real and alive in the church today.
Jesus, as we saw last week in verse 26, had just told the woman that He was Messiah. So she leaves her waterpot and hurries back to town to tell others. There is a natural progression of these three things that speaks volumes to us of how true Christian conversion works. First, she believes the Son of God, then she leaves the waterpot, then she retrieves the men of the city.
She had believed in Jesus Christ. That He was the one who could give the gift of God, who could fill her with living water, who could give her eternal life, who could see into her mind, who was a prophet, who was Messiah. Jesus told Nicodemus:
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:15)
No one who does not believe can be accepted by God. Hebrews tells us:
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
This woman believed in Christ; she had faith. She was born again! Who is Jesus to you? Is Jesus The Christ?
But believing is only the first step on the path of true conversion. Next, we see her leave her water pot as she runs back to town. Water pots were large, heavy, earthenware vessels, typically carried on the head. She could have made it back to town with the waterpot, but it would’ve taken longer and made the journey more difficult. The writer of the book of Hebrews told us:
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
It is so much easier to run this race without the entanglements of sin. It is so much easier to leave the weight of the water pot behind. What is weighing you down today? What keeps you from pursuing God with all of your heart, with all of your finances, with all of your time? Are you weighed down with things that take up your time – television, hobbies, social clubs, sports? These things aren’t any worse that a water pot; there isn’t anything inherently sinful about them, but they weigh you down. They keep you out of church, out of the Word, out of prayer, out of fellowship. Let us lay aside every encumbrance. Leave the water pot at the well and hurry on about the business of God. Who is Jesus to you? Is Jesus The Christ?
Then we see that she goes into town and proclaims Christ to all who can hear. The person who has truly been converted from darkness into light tells others about Jesus Christ.
In the book of Acts, Peter and John were arrested for telling people about Jesus. They were thrown in jail, questioned, and threatened. Nothing seemed to stop them from giving witness to Jesus:
So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:18-20)
Who is Jesus to you? Is Jesus The Christ?
If you have truly seen God, if you have truly heard the good news, you won’t be able to stop talking about it.