13 September 2015 Sunday Morning Service
John 4 : 1 – 30
4:1 The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John,
4:2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.
4:3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4:4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
4:5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
4:6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
4:7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
4:8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
4:11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
4:12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”
4:13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
4:14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
4:16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
4:17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
4:18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
4:19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.
4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
4:21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
4:22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
4:25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
4:26 Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
4:27 Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
4:28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,
4:29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
4:30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.