Jesus never ceases to surprise, looking past no one and no situation at any time. Whether rich or poor, intellectual, or simple; when it comes to Jesus, He cares for none of that. Jesus comes for the heart. And this could not be more clear as we venture deeper into our journey through the Gospel of John in chapters 3-4.
Not only do we see Jesus meeting with a well-known and powerful religious leader in Nicodemus at night, but we see Him in “foreign” territory as well—visiting with a Samaritan lady at the well in the heat of the day when no one is around. What a stark difference! Jesus here is making a point, and the message John wants to make clear upon His writings in this section becomes even more relevant when we take into consideration the words found in John 20:31 (ESV) that sums up His work:
These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
In both interactions between Jesus and the person He is talking to, we get some of the strongest statements about who He is in the entire Bible.
Here are some of my takeaways from this week’s message and study in John 3-4:
- Years after Nicodemus’s interaction with Jesus, we eventually see him at the foot of the cross at Jesus’s crucifixion. Something changed in Nicodemus’s heart from the time he first met Jesus, to the time he was saying goodbye to Him.
- We do not need more information; we need spiritual renewal.
- Our problems are not of an earthly nature, but of a sin reality.
- It does not matter where we are or what we do, Jesus is all we need.
- Jesus knows me more than I know myself.
- Our salvation is only made complete by Jesus’ victory over death and sin.
- We all fall somewhere in between Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman at the well, and Jesus meets us wherever we find ourselves.
Now it is your turn. What are some of your biggest takeaways from John 3-4?
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 (Jn. 4:10, ESV).
Our study of the GOSPEL OF JOHN in review:
JOHN 19-20 – Watch message / Read: “The King’s Path to Peace”
JOHN 18 – Watch message / Read: “A Portrait of a King”
JOHN 16-17 – Watch message / Read: “After the Helper Comes”
JOHN 15 – Watch message / Read: “Abide and Grow”
JOHN 13-14 – Watch message / Read: “A Ministry Defined”
JOHN 12 – Watch message / Read: “The Glory Commences”
JOHN 11 – Watch message / Read: “A Certain Man Was Ill”
JOHN 10 – Watch message / Read: “The Good Shepherd’s Task”
JOHN 8-9 – Watch message / Read: “Life-changing Light on a Longstanding Truth”
JOHN 7 – Watch message / Read: “The Festival of Truths”
JOHN 6 – Watch message / Read: “No Ordinary Type of Bread”
JOHN 5 – Watch message / Read: “A Dichotomy of Belief”
JOHN 3-4 – Watch message / Read: “Jesus Surprises on the Margins”
JOHN 2 – Watch message / Read: “And So It Begins…”
JOHN 1:19-51 – Watch message / Read: “A Revealing Voice in the Wilderness”
JOHN 1:1-18 – Watch message / Read: “A Prologue to Deeper Beginnings”