Bringing the Supernatural into the Natural

John 4
1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

It wasn't quite confrontation time yet. We know here that it is talking about water baptism without saying water since John was only water baptizing people.

Confrontation time will be most of the time when we are living in a world that is not our home... The world hates us if we are living, talking as Jesus did... He made it plain that if they hated him then they would hate us...
John 15:16-19
"16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
"17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
"18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
"19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

John 4 (Cont.)
4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

The Bible says that he 'must needs', there was something to do in Samaria. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. There are things that we "must need" to do and if we are open to the Lord's voice then we will do those things. NOW let's see what he "must needs" to do...

John 4 (Cont.)
5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Many times Jesus used natural things to teach supernatural truth. The Samaritian woman knew that the Jews didn't talk with the Samaritians so she asked him why was he speaking to her. Jesus answers her by telling her that if she knew who was talking to her then she could have asked for living water and he would have given it to her. He just wanted a drink of water but he has something to teach her in the process... We should do the same... Example- Remember the telephone poles outside...the power going through those lines.... There is power flowing through the life of the believer if he is hooked up to the Lord Jesus Christ, walking in faith. We get our life, strength, power from the Lord of Glory.
Ck. I Cor.1:18
He was driven to share life with this world and we should be driven in the same way... HE "MUST NEEDS" AND WE "MUST NEED" TO DO THE SAME...

John 4 (Cont.)
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Jesus is about to let her know in his own words that he is much greater that Jacob. He has something to offer that neither Jacob, Abraham, and all the rest put together can come close to offering.

So Jesus tells her that the water he gives will spring up into everlasting life. He keeps bringing it back to the supernatural, he knew life was short and time is precious...

John 4 (Cont.)
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

Since man's thinking is normally on the carnal, the temporary then the first thing to come out of her mouth was to give her this water to save her time from going there to draw water, nothing to do with eternity.

Now Jesus goes into one of her problems and that is her sin nature and her living with other men is a big problem.

John 4 (Cont.)
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Now she realizes that he is a prophet (but he is more, much more). I guess that's the highest anointing that she knows of or something to that effect to give him. 'is that of a prophet'. You also see that she is not dealing with her sin, she is changing the subject, so to speak.

John 4 (Cont.)
21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Since she now knows that she is talking to a prophet, she gets a little religious. There are a lot of people who know how to "play" the 'religious game'. She talks about where to worship. Jesus tells her the location is not the reality but the way is where it's at. He tells her that those who worship the Father are going to worship in spirit and in truth.

John 4 (Cont.)
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Now she talks about the Messiah coming and how he is going to tell them all things that they need to know. Jesus tells her that it is he who speaks to her and then... NOW she is beginning to see some things...

John 4 (Cont.)
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

...the disciples came back and they are wondering why Jesus would talk to a Samaritian. (They have a lot to learn but don't we all?) She leaves her natural water there and runs to tell the men of the city of the supernatural water that she just heard about. It is like the Mary and Martha illustration, she now knew the spiritual water was the most important...

John 4 (Cont.)
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.

She gets back to her town and she tells them to come meet the one who told her all about her life and says, "is not this the Christ?" They go to where he is at. When someone gets "radical" about something or someone then others want to see or hear that person or thing.

John 4 (Cont.)
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.

While the Samaritians are on their way to where Jesus is at, the disciples are trying to get Jesus to eat. He once again brings the natural to the supernatural and tells them that he has meat that they don't know about. They are wondering who brought him something to eat. Then Jesus tells them straight out that his meat was to do the will of him who sent him, to finish his work.

John 4 (Cont.)
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.

Since they were talking on food, Jesus brings the harvest that is ready now to their focus (the harvest of souls). He then talks about others have sowed (planted) that they will reap what has been sown.

John 4 (Cont.)
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.
43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee.

Many Samaritians believed on Jesus through the words of the woman, (God works through people...) and many more believed when they heard him for themselves. Jesus stays with them two days ministering and then he goes to Galilee.

John 4 (Cont.)
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.
Jesus testified that a prophet has no honour in his own country. It is also recorded in
Mark 6:4-6,
"4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
"5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
"6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching."

Application: Can't you see that the ones in your own physical family are the hardest ones to reach at times since they know where you came from, know you since you grew up with them, etc.

John 4 (Cont.)
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.

Jesus goes back to where he did his first miracle and a nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum comes to where he is at and asks him to heal his son, he is at the point of death.

This is interesting here. Jesus says unless you see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. It's like the nobleman did not hear, he was too concerned with his son and yet Jesus did another sign and wonder and told him that his son was healed.

John 4 (Cont.)
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
52 Then enquired 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.

The father believed Jesus because he headed back home and his servants met him and told him that his son was better. He asked when and they gave the seventh hour when Jesus spoke and he was healed. This would be about the time that Jesus became MORE than just a "sir" to the nobleman...

John 4 (Cont.)
54 This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

He goes back to Cana and that is where he did his second miracle. Interesting! He isn't a quiter, he goes back to the same place. Do you notice how a lot of the "prophets" tend to travel to one place then another and not come back if they can help it unless there is money at stake... Satan has false prophets who are willing to go back to the same places but they are few and far between.

See how Jesus continually brought the supernatural into the natural with the things that he talked about such as the water (vs.7-10), the meat (vs.31-34), and the harvest (vs. 35-38)... and this is just one chapter...

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