Jesus welcomes worship from unexpected people in unexpected places. The prime example takes place in John 4:1-45, where he invites a Samaritan woman with plenty of baggage to claim him as Messiah and drink from the spring of eternal life. Like his previous conversation with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21), Jesus turns physical matters (birth, drink) into spiritual metaphors (regeneration, eternal life). The Samaritan woman cannot believe Jesus would address her -- not necessarily because her status as a widow or divorcee, but because her status as a Samaritan. Typically, Jews avoided them. Jesus turns this perception on its head. He welcomes true worship, in spite of status, stigma, or struggle. And true worship is simply telling God the truth about Himself.
This sermon walks through the four sections of John 4.
- An uncomfortable journey (4:1-6)
- An unlikely encounter (4:7-26)
- An unexpected harvest (4:27-35)
- An unbelievable reception (4:36-45)
May you worship the Son of God, Messiah, and Savior of the world, too.