The Gift

John 4:1-14 “Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.  9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”  10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” 11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

  1. This Gift can only come from God
    1. The gift GOD has for you
    2. This gift is always offered
      1. Offered only through Jesus Christ

                                                    i.     “Who you are speaking to”

  1. Offered to everyone
    1. Even people of different beliefs/you believe are dirty/unworthy

i.     Samaritan

  1. Even people who do not get along with your people

               i.     Samaritan: “for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans”

ii.     Atheist, ACLU, Muslim, Jew, agnostic, etc.

               iii.     Even people with a less than pure history

  1. Such was the reputation of the “woman at the well”
  2. Always offered, Rarely fully accepted
    1. a.     “You would ask”
    2. b.     So many times this offered gift is left un-accepted

                                                    i.     In favor of selfishness

                                                  ii.     In favor of pride

                                                 iii.     In favor of sin

  1. 5.     We miss out on God’s Love and Grace when we reject His gift and chose to reap the wages of our sins.
  2. But when requested the right way through the right ONE this gift is ALWAYS given

                                                    i.     “I would give you living water”

  1. Once received this gift:

i.     Never fades

ii.     Never wears out

iii.     Never breaks

iv.     Is never stolen

                                                  v.     Gives eternal life

  1. This gift?

                                                    i.     Jesus Christ

  1. The one who’s birthday we celebrate on Tuesday

John 3:16-17 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”  NLT

This is a gift worth receiving.