Even if you’ve made a dreadful mess of your life, there’s still room in God’s plan for recovery and redemption. That’s the promise of the Gospel and the focus of our study as we look at John 4:4-42.
27Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30They went out of the town and were coming to him.
31Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
39Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of his word. 42They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
The Church is often confronted with the challenge of losing the centrality of the gospel in its mission – of becoming a marina instead of a lifeboat station. Primarily it exists to introduce unbelieving men and women to the saving power of Jesus Christ. The Gospel records tell us that Jesus repeatedly talked about doing the work of His Father, which was to provide payment for sin and breathe spiritual life in all who believe. As a result, those who are spiritually blind and live in darkness might have their eyes opened and become witnesses to His powerful light. Jesus performed great signs, ultimately, not so people would be amazed, but rather so they might believe and in believing they might have eternal life.
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
In this series Alistair Begg leads us through several unique and transforming encounters that people had with Jesus – the Light of the World. He exposed their real problem: the darkness of their sin and their need for forgiveness and a Savior. As you listen you will discover that their problem is universal and Jesus provides the only solution that brings conversion. How can the Church remember her mission and point people to the penetrating searchlight of Jesus Christ so that all may find life in His name? Find out when you listen to “A Light in the Darkness”.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
|Go and Tell Them||Mark 5:1-20|
|You Give Them Something to Eat||Mark 6:30-43 Matthew 14:13|
|Come See a Man, Part One||John 4:27-42|
|Come See a Man, Part Two||John 4:27-42|
|This Dark World's Light||John 9:1-7|
|Blind from Birth||John 9:8-12|
|Why Don't You Ask Him?||John 9:13-23|
|Do You Believe..., Part One||John 9:24-38|
|Do You Believe..., Part Two||John 9:35-38|
|Lord, I Believe||John 9:38|
|Are We Blind Too?||John 9:39-41|