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May 25, 2022 8:00 am
Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with Jack Graham a little later in the program will tell you how you can get a copy of Dr. Graham's book men of God. But first, here's the message at the end of the broken road your Bible and turned John's gospel chapter 4 Jesus often spoke with individuals yes he spoke to great crowds that had compassion upon many people, but many of the most important and significant things that Jesus said.
He said one on one face-to-face heart-to-heart with people. This story is a conversation between Jesus and a woman by a well outside of a Samaritan village known as psych was look at the first eight verses. Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John. In other words, there was a Jesus movement going on in Israel and many were following Christ and where were being baptized in his name.
Although Jesus verse two did not baptized but only as disciples, he left Judea, and departed again from Galilee to Judea is the Jerusalem region so he's leaving Jerusalem and Judea and departing to Galilee, which is his hometown and homebase for his ministry.
Verse four and he had to pass through Samaria so he came to a town of Samaria call sidecar near the field that Jacob given to his son Joseph Jacob's well was there.
So Jesus wearied amazing is that the son of God, God the son is tired and thirsty wearied from his journey, was sitting beside the well and it was about the sixth hour. It was the middle of the day.
It was hot and it was high noon, a woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, give me a drink for his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
Let me note that this is not a chance meeting of strangers, Jesus is on the way back home from Jerusalem, and on his way back there were a couple of routes.
Three. Actually, that he could've taken from Jerusalem to the gallon.
He could've taken the long route around because many Jews refused to walk through Samaria especially pious and religious rabbis and the like. They viewed Samaria as contaminated, and here's why prejudice prejudice the Jews and the Samaritans despised one another.
The Jews in particular hated the Samaritans because they viewed them as racial half breeds in that they had intermingled with foreign nations and idolatrous people and therefore it was a mixed race in a mixed breed of people. If you will. And not only did they viewed them as racial half breeds but viewed them as religious heretics because the Samaritans had established their own religion separate from the Jewish faith in Jerusalem, and to this very day when you go to Samaria. They have their own law which is just the first five books of the Old Testament, they have their priest. They have their style of worship is different totally different from the Jewish worship and the Jews saw this as an affront and the idolatry and the mixed bag of religion that was celebrated their despised that so no goods, self-respecting religious person would go through Samaria. You might think that of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians today. The tension was in the and therefore most people who were Jewish would go all the way around. Take the long route so that they wouldn't go through Samaria. But if you put it in your ways, the shortest route was right through Samaria.
So if you want to get there faster. You would certainly go through Samaria. Not all the way around. So the Scripture says that Jesus had to go through Samaria. There's more here than meets the eye. It was more than travel long.
The old King James version. Put it this way, he must needs go through Samaria. Remember that he must needs go through Samaria. There was a must.
A missionary must in the heart of God for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son and the world not only included Jerusalem and Judea but included the people in Samaria as well. In fact, when Jesus gave us the great commission is marching orders to his church to his people, he said, starting Jerusalem and go through Judea and where Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. The world go into all the world and preach the gospel God so loved the world and God incarnate in Christ is practicing what he preached. He is living out this mission. He must go on this mission, and he therefore had a divine appointment. Why did Jesus go through Samaria because there was a woman and an old well outside of the Samaritan village who was broken at the end of the road. In fact, as we read more about her later in this passage we discover that she was a five time adulterous and was living with a man. He was not her husband. She was in many ways a sinful and shameful woman. She is broken and she comes to this well we don't have to wonder about the mission of Jesus what it is and therefore what we are supposed to be doing as followers of Jesus because Jesus said in John 19 or Luke 19 in verse 10 that I've come to seek and to save the lost God in Christ came seeking to save the loss.
So on this seeking heatseeking missiles of omission. Jesus came and he went through Samaria. He had to do it. It was a must because there was a broken burned-out woman there who needed to know that God loves her, even her and there was an entire village of people outside of the religious system of the day, who desperately needed to know Jesus.
Now Jesus was always on a schedule a timetable God's timetable and he was always in the right place at the right time with the right person and what was true, that is true today. You may think that you're here by accident or chance, but we are not we are here by divine appointment and the Lord is looking for you in this case, Jesus was looking for this woman, this woman wasn't looking for Jesus.
She didn't initially know who he was but he was looking for. She came to the well to draw water, but she found Jesus at that well because he was looking for her. Jesus refused to ignore the people of Samaria because he had this divine passion and mission, and he did not allow social barriers cultural barriers racial barriers political barriers religious barriers to keep him away from a person who desperately needed him, and neither should we. Prejudice of any kind is based on arrogance and pride and ignorance and we must always go and find people who ever they are and bring them to Jesus. Even if it means going through Samaria a hard place a difficult place with difficult people.
This lady was not easy.
She was a difficult tough cookie is will find out in this conversation. But the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church of the Lord Jesus Christ must always be inclusive of every person and inviting to all who trust and follow Christ. We must cross those barriers and not down those biases in our lives and we must do it until he comes again. You know Jesus was exhausted and his humanity is on display here. But not only his humanity, but the love what it reach people where they are our neighbors in the nation you're listening to PowerPoint with diagram and today's message at the end of the broken road our world desperately needs men of God strong man who model gentleness lead with humility and speak the truth in love, we want to help you identify the traits of a real man of God by sending you Dr. Jack Grant's insightful book and of God our thanks for your gift today in it. Dr. Graham gives you biblical insight to what a true man of God looks like. To his spouse, his family and the world. This is the last week of this office a call today: 800-7954 627-1800 795-4627. You can also text PowerPoint to 59789 and don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.Margie now it's Québec. Today's message at the end of the broken road now. The Scripture tells us that this woman came alone at noon. Now that's interesting why this woman would come by herself at high noon which you can probably imagine why being an adulterous five times married and now shacked up with a man who wasn't her husband.
She had quite a reputation, and therefore was most likely ostracized and alienated and maybe she was just tired of the stairs in the snares. So here she is. She's an adulterous. She's alone and Jesus begins a conversation with her and the conversation begins with a simple question. Jesus said, would you give me a drink. Now this woman knew this well well she had been to this well. Many times, and spiritually speaking. She'd been to the well many times as well and spiritually. She was empty because her life was not satisfied. She was no doubt disillusioned with life by now I'm sure she never thought it would. She would end up at the end of a broken road like this. She was unsatisfied because you've been living on artificial substitutes. That's why Jesus offered her living water.
I was to look at that again verse 10 Jesus answered her, if you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you. Give me a drink you what, I'll ask him and he would've given you living water. Jesus is giving a very simple illustration just like it was simple when he said to Nicodemus, you must be born again.
Everybody understands about birth this a new beginning and so it was an illustration that everyone could understand.
And now he's giving another illustration right there that well. He said if you drink of me if you if you know who I was. You asked me I would give you living water. Drink that satisfies the thirst of your soul yet to identify who Jesus is that if you knew who I was, you knew the one who was asking then he would ask for this water therein lies a big problem because most people don't have a clue as to who Jesus is, or if they did they got it all upside down in some way. You said you knew I was you would ask and I would give you living water.
I just say to you if you knew my Jesus, you knew him. If you knew what he was like if you knew how wonderful he is, you would ask simply asked for the salvation and the life that he gives would Jesus said ask and I'll give you this living water is a simple illustration about salvation. The prophet Isaiah said everyone who thirsts, let him ask of me.
The last page of the Bible gives an invitation and a invitation Revelation 22 so ever will.
Letting drink of the water of life freely. Anyone can drink water you want to know Jesus as your Savior know that your sins are forgiven regardless of your past or your present you can be forgiven. You can be say satisfied deep with in by simply receiving and believing him simply asking you would ask is that I would give it just asked is no gospel song we used to sing like a woman at the well. I was seeking things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking draw from the well that never will run Drive fill my couple I lifted up Lord, and quench this thirsting of my soul bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more fill my cup, fill my cup and made me whole because I guarantee you at the end of the broken road.
This woman's broken road and yours very is grace way of grace, even for a scarlet woman. There is the scarlet blood of Christ, God's grace is greater then our sin. Just ask. He said I will give you living water.
She's resistant. So Jesus he goes for he says in verse verses 16 and it through anything. What we need to read them look at it. Jesus said to her go, call your husband and come here and the woman answer him. I have no husband and Jesus said to her you got that right.
You're right in saying I have no husband you had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband what you said is true, and though he's serious. Of course, I can't help but believe the smile is creasing his face when he says you're right you don't have a husband you had five husbands. I know you and the man you're living with now is not your husband. Now lets you think Jesus is being cruel here me this your salesperson you.
You might think about this the wrong approach. Yet he had her in a right there about living water is so good is so great and retest*Drake is there and then he starts talking to her about her sin exposing her sin, but he's not being cruel. I don't want to go to a doctor who lies to me about whether I'm sick or not he knew what was in this woman's heart Swanson all of our hearts is an emptiness because of sin and the brokenness because of sin. Jesus said something about it was all for sure. It was 10 but now she's ready and she's responsive to hear of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. He said drink it. This pivotal statement. Stop defending your sin stop covering about take off the mask own it and when you own your sin, and confess it is faithful to forgive every sin you want water Jesus that is a drink that satisfies and drink it. There is a fountain that flows from deep within.
She's getting more now I getting it more in verse 19 she says, sir.
I'm, you must be a prophet. He was a prophet but more than a prophet.
He was Messiah in verse 26 he confesses that he is the Messiah. If you ever doubt whether Jesus claimed to be God and Messiah are not.
Here's one example among many. Jesus said to her I speak to you am he. Speaking of the Messiah. She said the Messiah's coming. We heard the Messiah's coming. Jesus said, you're looking at it. I am the Messiah. So now she knows who Jesus is and what her sin is all about and how cute she can simply drink of the wells of salvation because wells of this world never satisfied with the wells of success. Wells of pleasure, the wells of profit and money and the wells of sex or immorality. The wells of alcohol. The wells drug almost wells are dry homeless and artificial beverages. Now she does. She says I'm taking the living water. So how do we know that verses 27 to 28 and this is the third chapter, call a dramatic acceptance.
There was a direct appeal and then came this dramatic acceptance in verses 27 and 28. Just then his disciples came back and they marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said what you seek or what you talking why you talking with her, so the woman look at this verse 28 left her water jar and went away in the town and said to the people come see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ going to verse 30 and then they went out of the town and were coming to him. Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him saying Rabbi now this is somewhat comical to me.
Part of this because here these boys. The disciples his followers and they been in town for a couple hours they been the in and out.
They been to the Dairy Queen everyday got sacks on their arms are coming back, Judas, you know the back of the keeper. The baggie was especially generous that day gave a little extra meal money they're coming back there. Have a great day and I see Jesus talking to this woman at the well and the gore 106 of Jesus to eat something and in the meantime, this woman leaves her water pot she had living water is a simple course. She didn't need that water pot anymore. She didn't mean that well anymore. She had the well of life in her and she goes back she says tell me the man that told me who I was. What I'm about to meet a man could this man be the Messiah now shouldn't have it all down yet but she's already a witness. She's already testify. She's already telling the story's story is her story and and and think about it now that the city comes out everybody in the town, it seems, is coming out to meet Jesus. Now these disciples. They been in town all half the day and they didn't bring one single person out there in the Jesus took on brand-new save woman to go out and bring your friends and bring her family bring everybody must've been hardly said he's gonna believe me, who's gonna believe me.
She didn't care.
She was so in love with Jesus. By this time she went out she got her friends that come meet a man, could we not do just that. Anybody can do that right must not be like those disciples more edge than what you have for lunch.
The people coming to Jesus to spend all day doing stuff that doesn't really matter when what really matters is getting as many people to Jesus as fast as we can we get all say commonly the man he she had no theology here. She was not trained in evangelism.
No course on how to share her fate, Jesus, come meet this man and ultimately ultimately it says in this passage that many believe because of the testimony of this woman. She found grace. She found Jesus in your listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in today's message at the end of the present invention. Today's culture has so distorted the concept of masculinity that some even reject it as toxic better world doesn't need less manly men.
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