Sermon Outline On John 4:5-10Â (NRSV)
So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
Jesus said to the woman, “You can have the water from this well, or you can have a drink of living water and never thirst again.” We like that woman that day have the choice to make. Will we share in the living water that comes with a living relationship with Jesus, or will Jesus rank somewhere in the top ten in our lives? What is number one in our lives?
Fred Craddock shares the story of a schoolmate from years ago, Glenn Adist, who ministered mostly in China.
He was under house arrest in China when the soldiers came one day and said, “You can return to America.”
They were celebrating, and the soldiers said, “You can take two hundred pounds with you.”
Well, they’d been there for years. Two hundred pounds. They got the scales and started the family arguments: two children, wife, husband. Must have this vase. Well, this is a new typewriter. What about my books? What about this? And they weighted everything and took it off and weighed this and took it off and weighed this and, finally, right on the dot, two hundred pounds.
The soldier asked, “ready to go?”
“Did you weigh everything?”
“You weighed the kids?”
“No, we didn’t.”
“Weigh the kids.”
And in a moment, typewriter and vase and all became trash. Trash. It happens.