The Day Jesus Crossed the Line, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 37)

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TEXT: John 4:13-18

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.

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.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 37.

Henry Alford said, “The first work of the Spirit of God, and of Jesus who here spoke in the fullness of that Spirit, is, to convince of sin.”

After Jesus explains to the Samaritan woman that He can give her living water that will continuously spring up inside of her and produce eternal life, she begins to grasp a little of what Jesus is saying. Instead of responding with another question or cynical statement, she says, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” Even though she does not understand all that Jesus is offering, she is willing to accept it.

How does Jesus respond to the Samaritan woman’s willingness to receive the living water? Verse 16 says, “Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.” Some have said that this is not an odd request for Jesus to make, and that He is simply asking the woman to call her husband out of a sense of propriety. Usually, it was the head of household who made decisions about the religious direction of the family; the wife and children just followed his lead.

However, many believe Jesus deliberately brings up this issue in the woman’s life. She immediately tries to sidestep it by saying, “I have no husband.” This is the shortest statement she made throughout the discourse of their conversation, and it was a lie. Jesus was bringing her under conviction about her sinful lifestyle and her mouth was stopped. Romans 3:19 says, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Jesus who has supernatural knowledge of her life, says to her, “Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”

Jesus needed to show this woman that she could not just accept the “living water” and continue living as she had been living. He also needed to show her why she needed the living water. He was saying, ‘Lady, look at how messed up your life is. You need something that can fix it.’ Jesus takes this opportunity to give this woman an appetite for salvation. She knows that her life needs fixing, and Jesus is saying, ‘The gift of God that I am offering to you is the only thing that can fix it.’

You see, one must realize that he is drowning before he can be rescued. One must admit that he is sick before he can get healing. One must admit that he is a sinner before he can be saved. Warren Wiersbe said, “There can be no conversion without conviction. There must first be conviction and repentance, and then there can be saving faith. Jesus had aroused her mind and stirred her emotions, but He also had to touch her conscience and her will, and that meant dealing with her sin.”

Now, this does not mean that a person’s life will be magically transformed and perfectly sinless as soon as they accept Christ as Savior and drink of the living water. Many who come to Christ have baggage to deal with, and we all will go through the process of becoming more like Christ. That process takes time. Certainly, the Samaritan woman would have had to deal with sorting out the situation with the man she was shacking up with.

In order to realize our need for salvation, we must confront our sin in order to be saved. That is what Jesus helps the Samaritan woman to do. He brings the evil that is in her life to the forefront. That is what God wants all of us to do. We must see ourselves as sinners and admit that we need a Savior before Christ can save us.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you want to get to know Him today, you must first accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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