Sermon Transcript – Love at First Sight

Series A – Third Sunday in Lent – Sunday, March 12, 2023 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

Welcome to the Teaching Ministry of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Kongsvinger is a beacon for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is located on the plains of Northwestern Minnesota.
We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:22The holy Gospel
0:29According to Saint John the fourth chapter
0:36so Jesus came to a town of Samaria called psychar near the field that Jacob
0:43had given to his son Joseph Jacob’s Well was there so Jesus wearied as he was
0:49from his journey was sitting beside the well it was about the sixth hour a woman
0:54from Samaria came to draw water Jesus said to her give me a drink for his disciples had gone away a into the city
1:01to buy food the Samaritan woman said to him how is it that you a Jew ask for a
1:07drink from me a woman of Samaria for Jews have no dealings with Samaritans Jesus answered her if you knew the gift
1:14of 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
1:20water the woman said to him sir you have nothing to draw water with and the well is deep where do you get that living
1:27water are you greater than our father Jacob he gave us the well and drank from it himself as did his sons in his
1:34livestock Jesus said to her everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks of the water
1:40that I will give him will never thirst again for the water I will give him will will become in him a spring of water
1:48welling up to eternal life the woman said to him sir give me this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to
1:55come here to draw water Jesus said to her go and call your husband and come here
2:00and the woman answered him I have no husband and Jesus said to him to her you
2:06are right in saying you have no husband for you’ve had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband which
2:12you have said is true the woman said to him sir I perceive that you are a prophet our fathers
2:18worshiped on this mountain but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where we uh people ought to worship and Jesus
2:24said to her woman believe me the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the father
2:30you worship what you do not know we worship what we know for salvation is
2:36from the Jews but the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the father in spirit and
2:43Truth for the father is seeking such people to worship him God is spirit and
2:48those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and Truth the woman said to
2:54him I know that Messiah is coming he who is called Christ when he arrives he will
2:59tell us all things Jesus said to her I who speak to you I’m he just then
3:06just then his disciples came back they marveled that he was talking with a woman but no one said what do you seek
3:12or why are you talking with her so the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people come
3:19see a man who told me all that I ever did can this be the Christ they went out
3:25of the town and were coming to him many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony he
3:32told me all that I ever did so when the Samaritans came to him they asked him to stay with them and he stayed there two
3:39days and many more believe because of his word they said to this to the woman
3:45it is no longer because of what you said that we believe for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is
3:51indeed the savior of the word world this is the gospel of the Lord in the name of
3:57Jesus Amen so when uh my kids were smaller they’re all adults now and by
4:03the way those of you who have kids in the house like I can kind of jealous it was fun it was a lot of fun having kids
4:09in the house but when they were they were smaller we lived in a house that was we bought it brand new and our next
4:17door neighbors they had kids as well and it was really convenient because their their kids were about the same age as my
4:22kids and so they kept themselves busy I it’s kind of nice when that happens but
4:28they as a family decided that what they were going to do was they were going to purchase a dog and so what they did is
4:34they went to one of these shelters and they got a rescue dog all right and
4:40despite the fact that they were kind to the dog that they were showing the dog
4:47love uh and then they were taking care of it and speaking kindly to it this dog
4:54because of its past it was abused this dog was horribly treated by its previous
5:00owner as a result of it that dog no matter how kindly you treated it uh it’s
5:08still its past was still in the present in its mind and its psychology and as a
5:13result of it even when you were trying to give it food or pet it or say hey how’s it going there little buddy uh he
5:20would get in the corner and he would cower and shake and growl at you and
5:25sadly they were not able to work with that dog to get him out of his previous
5:31state and so they ended up returning him to the shelter now when you think about the Dominion of
5:37darkness and this is where we have to kind of sort some things out each and every one of us well not only were we
5:44born dead in trespasses and sins you can you can legitimately say that we’re all as a result of man’s Fallen to sin
5:51victims of Satan’s attack against humanity in the Garden of Eden we’re all victims of it but don’t don’t fool
5:59yourself into thinking that you are merely a victim don’t take on the victim mentality because you have a sinful
6:05nature and you have also participated in the corruption and the ungodliness of
6:11the Dominion of darkness and you’ll note when you look at how humans treat each
6:17other okay and I and I mean this how do people treat each other the answer is terribly
6:25they treat each other they speak words of malice against them the the Proverbs
6:32warn about those who hunt human beings the way humans hunt animals they hunt
6:39human beings they hunt the poor in order to oppress them and and there’s constant
6:45stories around the world of people who have figured out how to maneuver and to
6:50rig their financial systems within the countries that they live in in order to
6:55exploit other people and rise on their backs and then live in gloriously Rich
7:02and Sumptuous living while everybody else is in abject poverty this is how we operate we treat each
7:10other terribly now that being the case when we look at our Old Testament text
7:16which is going to help us a little bit we’re going to grab something a concept from our Old Testament text as we look
7:21at our new at Our Gospel text and that is is that the children of Israel have
7:27just spent 400 years in slavery 400 years in slavery that’s 400 years
7:36without even being treated with kindness or respect by the people who had
7:41oppressed them and then enslaved them and you can almost hear some of the way
7:46in which they were spoken to by their slave masters and how they talked to God
7:52and talk to Moses and how their slave masters talk to them and and vice versa
7:57you basically the idea here is they’re still working with this idea that they
8:03have a slave master over them and they are treating god with that same contempt
8:09that they had for their slave masters over them and the same contempt that their slave masters had over them it’s
8:16it’s just a mess when you think about it so here we read in Exodus 17 all the
8:22congregation of Israel they moved out on from the Wilderness of sin and for
8:28context sake uh the the the the ten plagues has recently happened the
8:33crossing of the Red Sea has recently happened and the the children of Israel have been
8:40gloriously delivered by God’s visible hand they’ve been delivered from slavery and
8:47God has rescued them in the most profoundly miraculous ways that none of them could deny
8:54but all of that being said you can see that the corruption of being enslaved
9:01still impacts them and so here’s what happens they moved on from the
9:06Wilderness of sin according to the Commandment of Yahweh that camped at refidem but there was no water for the
9:12people to drink therefore the people quarreled with Moses and they said give us water to
9:19drink and Moses said well why do you quarrel with me why do you test the Lord why do you test Yahweh but the people
9:26there thirsted there for water and the people grumbled against Moses and said why did you bring us up out of Egypt to
9:32kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst whoa whoa whoa whoa you’ll know that
9:42um kind of using the metaphor here they’re behaving like a rescue animal
9:48that had been abused by their previous owner and they assume that God is like that
9:54but God isn’t anything like their slave masters and that’s the thing Christ and
10:00the devil are mutually exclusive the devil is filled with hatred with malice
10:06with contempt with scorn and reviling Jesus is filled with love and joy peace
10:13patience and kindness Jesus is nothing like the world and if you want if you you have to think here we’ve all
10:20participated in this evil reviling and disgusting behavior that looks and
10:28sounds exactly like the devil none of us are innocent in this regard and so it’s
10:35with that that we then come to our gospel text that’s our frame in Our Gospel text we must note that
10:42there is an ongoing verbal rhetorical battle
10:48between the Jews and the Samaritans and in some senses that battle is Justified
10:55and I mean that because when you go back in the history of Israel and you read the book of Second Kings you read the
11:02first and second Kings you hear of the history of is of Judah and the and the
11:08Kingdom of Israel uh David was faithful except for when it came to
11:14it came to Uriah the hittite and his wife Bathsheba he was not faithful in
11:20that regard at all and of course David was still a sinner but then his son Solomon takes the throne after him and
11:26Solomon marries hundreds of wives and many of them in fact the majority of the
11:33women that he marries they are ranked pagans and they worship false gods and
11:39they drug Solomon willingly unfortunately into idolatry himself and
11:47as a result of it God threat to punish Solomon by basically saying that upon
11:53his death that he was going to rip the kingdom apart and rip it in two the
11:58northern kingdom would get ten tribes and then they the southern Kingdom would get two and it was and God followed
12:05through after Solomon died his son rehoboam took the throne and this guy was the best way I can describe him he
12:12was a fool an absolute fool who did not know how to rightly
12:18rule at all as a result of his foolishness the kingdom like God had prophesied was torn in two and jeroboam
12:25the son of nibat was the fellow who took control of the northern kingdom and he
12:31knew he knew that if the the Jews of the northern kingdom if the Israelites of
12:37the northern kingdom continued to travel back to Jerusalem for every Passover and
12:44every required feast day of the Mosaic Covenant that it would just be a matter of time before their hearts would warm
12:52again towards their their kin and they would want to be reunited and then
12:58jeroboam his kingdom would disappear so he came up with a clever idea
13:04he forbade the northern kingdom the people to go down to Jerusalem to
13:09worship at the temple and he set up high places in several places throughout the
13:15northern kingdom most notably Mount garazim there was a temple complex there
13:20that he set up which was kind of like the main Affair which is exactly where
13:25our gospel text takes place not at Mount garazim but on the slopes of Mount garazim in a place called saikar and
13:33today it’s modern day Nablus so keep all of this in mind so what happens is that
13:38the Jews are constantly telling the Samaritans they are engaged in idolatry and they are and that and that God is
13:46going to punish them and he has severely throughout the the centuries and that
13:52they need to repent and come back and worship in Jerusalem as God has instructed them but they don’t that’s
14:00the thing about idolatry it’s it it ends up burrowing deep deep deep into our
14:06corrupted sinful nature and digging that thing out as it well it takes an act of God miraculously so so you’ll note that
14:15um Jews and and Samaritans they don’t get along and then you’ve got the other
14:20issue okay and the other issue is is that men and women they’re not supposed
14:25to be talking with each other in public uh especially alone uh that that that’s
14:32considered to be um a scandalous Behavior a behavior that could uh to could well be indicative of
14:39leading to Forno kabutilating and things like this and so you you don’t do that but Jesus is um is doing something here
14:47that I think is amazing and in fact let’s walk through the beginning of this
14:52and we’ll see how this plays out so Jesus came to a town of Samaria called psychar near the field that Jacob
14:59had given to his son Joseph Jacob’s Well was there Jacob’s Well is right on the slopes of Mount gerizim so Jesus worried
15:06as he was from his journey was sitting beside the well and it was about the sixth hour so it’s high noon it is legitimately
15:14high noon and I and that’s the heat of the day and Jesus is sitting beside a
15:19well and he’s tired now go figure that’s kind of an interesting aspect of the Incarnation and especially you know
15:26Jesus not drawing fully on his divine nature Jesus gets hungry Jesus gets
15:33tired just like you and I it’s absolutely mind-boggling when you consider it right so there came a woman
15:40of Samaria to draw water now let’s talk about this this is not the normal time
15:45to draw water okay let’s this be blunt this is not the normal time when do you
15:51draw water early in the morning when it’s cool or late late late in the
15:57afternoon or early evening when it’s cooling again you don’t go and draw
16:03water at High Noon because you’re going to end up getting a sunburn in and and
16:08being uh vexed but here’s the thing we know from what we’ve already read
16:13Because I read out this gospel text that this woman has had five husbands and she’s currently shacking up with the
16:21dude that she ain’t married to okay so let’s be blunt she’s not exactly
16:26sexually chased shall we say right and uh and here’s the thing how do human
16:33beings treat women whom they perceive to be sexually loose there’s a word we use
16:40for them and they we call them and you know how people treat they shame them I know it’s a terrible
16:47thing to say but this is what they do right we’ve all heard that that that
16:52that self-righteous woman who talks down to a woman who she perceives is sexually
16:58loose and calls her a hussy and uh and talks and derogatory terms to her and so
17:05you’ll note by this woman coming at High Noon to get water what is she doing
17:10she’s avoiding being horribly reminded and mistreated and slut-shamed by the
17:19people in her Village The Other Women in her Village because sinful human beings treat others horribly with contempt so
17:27note here she is a ungodly Sinner and she’s also being sinned against this is
17:33how sin works it’s just one big mess okay and nobody gets out of it without
17:40dirt on them in fact completely covered from head to toe with a slime of sin so
17:45this woman she comes up to draw water and Jesus said to her hey give me a
17:50drink what
17:57see the disciples his disciples they’d gone into town to buy some food you know they were probably you know in line at
18:03the local McDonald’s or something and uh and so here’s the Samaritan woman
18:08and she’s just dumbfounded but notice that she doesn’t sit there
18:13and say sure let me help you I I see that you don’t have anything to draw with or whatever anything like that no
18:18she she decides that she’s going to fire back with a little bit of scorn and just a wee bit of contempt right well how is
18:26it that you a Jew asked for a drink from me a woman of Samaria huh you’re not
18:31supposed to be doing that Jews don’t have any dealings with Samaritans
18:36and Jesus doesn’t mirror back to her the same scorn and contempt that she
18:44just showed him in the answer that she gave him for a simple request for a drink of water
18:50instead what is Jesus going to do well I want you to think of it this way
18:57let me give you another metaphor every single human being
19:02who is brought to penitent faith in Jesus Christ and trusts in him and in
19:09his name for the Forgiveness of their sins collectively we the church the forgiven
19:15the those who have faith we are described as what the bride of Christ
19:21now work with me here okay Jesus I think is a hopeless romantic when it comes to
19:28his bride and so he he suffers from the the constant thing where he has love at
19:36first sight and that’s what Jesus has for this woman Total love at first sight
19:43despite the fact that she is completely ungodly currently steeped in sexual sin
19:50it’s Jesus loves her and has compassion on her and he desires her for his bride
19:59the same way he has desired you and I for his bride so Jesus love at first sight says to her
20:07well if you knew the gift of God and who it is that’s saying to you give me a drink you would have asked him and he
20:13would have given you living water you see Jesus wants to give her living water a good way to picture that in some ways
20:20it’s it’s practically an allusion to baptism listen to what Paul says in Ephesians chapter 5 verse 25
20:27husbands your husbands pay attention husbands you love your wives as Christ
20:34has loved the church and how is Christ loved the church he gave himself up for
20:40her sacrificed himself for her sins and her ungodliness bore her sins in his own
20:48body on the tree of the Cross so that he might sanctify her might make her holy
20:55having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word
21:01what a great picture right see Living Water that living water that flows from
21:07the side of Christ’s side when he was pierced by this Roman soldier after he
21:13had given up his his Spirit to God and died that water that flows from the side
21:19of Christ is the Living Water that runs through our baptisms and it’s the water then that Living Water of Jesus that
21:27cleanses his bride and washes away the filth of her ungodliness and her sin and
21:35makes her pure and washes her and makes her holy oh it’s great stuff so Jesus
21:43here suffering from a terrible case of love at first sight for the sinful woman
21:49says Ah if you knew the gift of God who and who it is that’s saying to you give me a drink you would have asked him he
21:54would have given you living water and the woman not exactly keen on his religious and spiritual advances says
22:02says sir you have nothing to draw water with the well is deep where do you get that Living Water totally misinterprets
22:10Christ maybe maybe like is trying to figure out how to get out of this conversation altogether right
22:16are you greater than our father Jacob he gave us the well he drank from it himself as did his sons
22:24and his livestock and Jesus now even more intent on saving this woman and
22:32even saving the people of her town oh yeah that love at first sight when it
22:38comes to the bride of Christ man it it it doesn’t want to be turned away
22:43Jesus says to her listen everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again
22:48but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty and
22:54he says forever what did Jesus say in The Sermon on the Mount blessed are
23:00those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
23:05they will be satisfied and here’s the thing maybe the woman hasn’t quite
23:10vocalized it or really meditated on it in order to figure out how to put words and to describe what she was going
23:17through but the reality is this she was suffering the consequences of
23:23her own sin she was suffering the consequences of other people’s sins against her all
23:28right and as a result of it the fact that she’s coming to get water in the middle of the day rather than the normal
23:34time of the day means that she’s isolated she’s alone
23:40she in in fact one has to wonder having had five husbands okay I mean was she
23:48Jaded by those experiences because listen I I Pastor people who have been
23:54through divorces and I’ve never met a single person who’s gone through a divorce and saying yeah that was the
24:00best experience I’ve ever gone through No in fact everybody who’s gone through a divorce just talks about the utter
24:07sheer Devastation that it reeks in somebody’s life it’s like tearing your
24:14heart in half right and this woman has gone through five failed marriages
24:21not one not two not three not four
24:28five failed marriages and at the end of this when people who
24:35when they go through a divorce the one thing they feel like is that
24:40they’re they’re broken they’re damaged goods and human beings they Wonder to
24:47themselves and maybe even wonder out loud will anybody ever be able to love me will I ever be able to love anyone
24:54ever again that’s always the concern and in her particular case she’s tried and
25:00tried and tried and tried in very sinful ways and it’s never getting her what she
25:05what she truly yearns for and Longs for and what what is it that we yearn for or
25:10long for a drink of cold water in the wilderness well that’s what love and kindness often
25:18is have you ever noticed how startled you are when when somebody treats you
25:24kindly in public or says a kind word to you privately
25:30it’s like a drink of cold water you see we hunger and thirst for righteousness
25:36then Christ is our righteousness and so note here he’s treating her with
25:42kindness with respect and true care and love that is just
25:49flowing from the way he’s treating her he’s not there to condemn her in fact Our Gospel text last week said Christ
25:56didn’t come into the world to condemn the world and that includes Samaritans it includes you and I Christ came into
26:04the world not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him such is the great love of God
26:11because God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but
26:17have eternal life so Jesus says everyone who drinks to this water will be thirsty again but
26:23whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever and the water that I will give him will
26:29become in him a spring of water a source of water itself welling up to what
26:35eternal life now the woman’s convinced sir give me
26:42this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water she still doesn’t get it she doesn’t
26:47understand it she’s hearing his words but not perceiving their meaning but Jesus isn’t going to just give up on
26:54her so Jesus says all right you go call your husband and tell him to come here
27:01awkward well um the woman answered him well sir I have no husband and Jesus said you’re
27:08right you’re not lying by the way uh you you you you’re right when you say you have no husband you’ve had five husbands
27:15and the one you have now is not your husband what you said is true
27:21and the woman said to him sir I perceive you’re a prophet you think uh-huh and then she plays the
27:30religion card the the big Thorn the big bone of contention between the Jews and
27:38the Samaritans our fathers they worshiped on this mountain and they’re on the slopes of
27:43Mount gerizim that’s where Jacob’s well is she can point up just straight up the hill right there and point to the fact
27:50that our fathers the Samaritan fathers they worshiped on this mountain but you Jews you say that it’s in Jerusalem that
27:57is the place where people ought to worship and what I love here is that what happens next can properly be
28:04described as Jesus mansplaining to her how true religion works and we should
28:10expect such a thing in the patriarchy right so Jesus says to her Jesus says to
28:16her woman believe me the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem where you worship the father
28:23you worship what you do not know and so no Jesus doesn’t compromise even
28:30a little bit on the guilt of the Samaritans and their idolatry and he speaks the truth but he speaks it kindly
28:37in a way that gets at the real issue and he says you worship what you don’t know we Jews we worship what we know and then
28:44he says it for salvation is from the Jews and Jesus is right because Jesus is
28:51a Jew salvation is from Jesus and Jesus comes directly he is the lion of the
28:57tribe of Judah he is a descendant of Judah himself all the way through King
29:02David and Solomon and the others Jesus is truly a Jew and God has ordained that
29:09our Salvation come through the Jews
29:14but he says the hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers they will
29:22worship the father in spirit and in truth
29:27through the Holy Spirit and in the truth of the gospel and the word of God for the father he is the one seeking such
29:34people to worship Him and note here God is the one God the father is the one who
29:39is seeking this woman wasn’t seeking to worship the the god of the Jews no
29:47the god of the Jews God the father he was seeking her Christ takes a look at
29:53her and wants her to be his bride that’s the beauty of what’s going on here and
30:00so he’s speaking to her the truth in kindness and in love because his desire
30:06is that she too would be part of his bride the church the father of speech is
30:12Spirit it wants the father all true worshipers will worship the father in spirit and
30:18Truth the father is seeking such people to worship him and he says God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship
30:24Him in spirit and in truth and what happens next
30:30is amazing in fact it’s worth noting here in fact
30:36pay close attention the woman said to him well I know that the Messiah is coming he who is called
30:42the Christ and when he comes he will tell us all things you’ll note that when
30:47Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees and the scribes who you make yourself out to be Jesus tell us plainly Jesus
30:55wouldn’t he never did tell them plainly but with this woman
31:01again it’s love at first sight he desires her to be his bride
31:06he just reveals who he is and says it plainly Jesus said to her I
31:13who speak to you I am he in fact in the Greek I speak to you ego
31:18Amy I am is what it says in the Greek and it’s just so powerful so strong and
31:25it’s beautiful and it’s here that we should remember our epistle text
31:31is it appropriate that Jesus would be speaking so kindly to a woman who is so
31:38notably sexually immoral and so screwed up you see Paul says it this way in our
31:45epistle text we have been Justified by faith
31:53we aren’t declared righteous by our works Jesus didn’t come to save the
31:58mostly good but somewhat bad right Jesus came to save
32:05ungodly Sinners and if you don’t think you’re that you’re just you’re deceived
32:11self-deceived and you’re delusional because if you don’t think that you’re ungodly and you’re every bit as sinful
32:18as this woman is you you are you are you’re high on
32:23something here and the devil has spoken lies to you and you are legitimately
32:29deceived and need help right you see we have been justified by faith
32:36now we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and here’s the thing
32:42this woman has an experienced peace in her life and her entire life has been marked with
32:47conflict conflict with the Jews conflict with their ex-husbands conflict with
32:52everybody in the village but here’s the thing Jesus comes and he gives her what
32:57she needs peace with God because he’s about to go to the cross and bleed and died for the
33:05Samaritan’s woman’s sins and your sins and mine because of the great love that
33:11Christ has he sees his bride and he knows that she’s ungodly and unworthy and he makes her Godly and holy and
33:19washes away her muck and sin and he makes her his bride and clothes her with
33:26his righteousness and Splendor through Jesus we have also obtained access by
33:31faith into this grace in which we now stand and we rejoice in the hope of the glory
33:38of God for while we were still weak while at the right time Christ died for
33:46the ungodly for one will scarcely die for a righteous person though perhaps for a good person one
33:53would dare to die but God he demonstrates his love for us and that while we were still sinners Christ died
34:01for us um and that’s the thing brothers and sisters Christ has died for you and when
34:08you see that you have everything in common with this woman then you recognize that you are just as ungodly
34:14as she is and deserving of no kindness from God as she was not deserving of
34:19that either you’ll note that Christ doesn’t come to condemn us today is the day of salvation
34:25Jesus he’s fallen well in love with you as well love at first sight and he
34:31desires you to be his bride what a great Jesus so
34:38then Jesus after revealing himself to this woman
34:44the disciples show up okay they’ve got the you know they’ve got the the Big Macs and the french fries and the drinks
34:50and uh you know and they’re they’re ready to have some lunch and and they and they they marveled that Jesus was
34:56talking with a woman none of them said well whoa what are you seeking or why are you why are you talking with her so
35:02the woman left her water jar I love it she leaves her water jar well that was
35:08the whole reason why she was there you know what because here’s what’s happening I don’t I don’t think that’s a
35:13throwaway detail already that well of Living Water is swelling within her now
35:20because Christ has forgiven her right and so she leaves her water jar and she
35:27went into town and said to the people come see a man who told me all I ever did can this be the Messiah you can hear
35:34some of the people in the village saying hey honey we all know what you’ve done you don’t need to be the Messiah and
35:39figure that out yeah but the people decided all right
35:44well this is kind of odd that she’s doing this so they went out of the town and they these Samaritans Jews and
35:50Gentiles Jews and Samaritans don’t get along but all these Samaritans they come to Jesus and many of the Samaritans from
35:58that town then believed in him because of the woman’s testimony he told me all that I ever did
36:05and so when the Samaritans came to him they asked him to stay with them and he stayed there for two days
36:11two days that means he had to stay in someone’s house a Samaritan’s house oh
36:16this is scandalous right and many more believe because of his word and they
36:22said to the woman is no longer because of what you said that we believe
36:27for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is indeed the savior of
36:34the world and watch the change what begins with Rancor and reviling
36:41with hatred and Discord with contempt and sinning against people
36:47and being sinned against and treating others horribly and even speaking and sassing speaking back to and sassing
36:55Christ Jesus through his love prevails and now where there was anger and
37:04hostility there’s peace Jesus brought peace with
37:09him and peace with God the Father to the Samaritans and he brings us peace as
37:15well and he brings us Tidings of love again what did Paul say God demonstrates
37:21his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for you
37:28and so is it any Wonder then that it’s completely out of out of place for
37:34Christians to treat each other with malice and contempt but instead we pray that Jesus would
37:41produce in us this well of Living Water through the Holy Spirit who then
37:46produces in US rather than Discord and hatred and strife and Malice and
37:53horrible ways of treating other people but instead produces in US love
37:59Joy peace patience kindness goodness gentleness and
38:08self-control what started as out of control is now under the self-control of the spirit of
38:14God there in Samaria and now in you so brothers and sisters
38:20this calls for us this Lenten season to examine Our Lives yet again and ask the
38:26question how many different ways do I reflect the hatred and Discord and Malice and
38:34contempt and Scorn of the Dominion of Darkness having been abused am I abusing others
38:42having been mistreated am I mistreating and we need to repent and recognize that
38:47it’s evil but also we need to recognize that God’s great love for us prevails
38:53and that he has washed away our guilt and our shame and Christ is bled and died for your sins and mine each and
39:01every ungodly one of us because Christ has fallen madly in love love at first
39:07sight for his bride and he’s the one who makes her clean and shows her the
39:14kindness that she’s been yearning for for her entire life in the name of Jesus
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