The Subject of Sin
INTRODUCTION: We see the woman at the well talking to Jesus at about noon (6th hour).
Christ knew when she would be there. He also knew the result of meeting her.
The woman has asked for the Living Water.
She might have been jesting with Christ when she said, "neither come hither to draw." She didn't want to come back daily to this well.
She understood her physical thirst, but Christ was just about to awaken her to her other thirst.
We each have a much deeper thirst, an inner, spiritual thirst. This is a thirst that only Christ and Christ alone can satisfy.
When we drink of this living water we are infused with
The Purpose, to serve God
With an intent to commit our lives to Christ
With Energy and Motivation.
With Jesus we are saved from the thirst of emptiness, loneliness, despair and hopelessness.
Jesus is about to point out a problem with the woman at the well, The sin in her life.
She is now in a situation, where she must face the sin in her life.
The reason she came to the well at noon, was to avoid the sin in her life. Because, the other women at the well in the morning and evening remind her of what she was, either by whispering among themselves or totally shunning her.
I. HER SIN EXPOSED (vv 16-18)
A. Jesus Convicted Her Heart
1. She confessed her sin
i. "I have no husband."
2. Why did the woman have to face the truth of her sin before she could be born again?
i. She needed to know that she was a sinner.
(Romans 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
3. She was weary and laden with the guilt of her life.
i. She needed to understand what was causing that weariness.
4. She had symptoms of a disease but had no idea what it was.
5. She needed deliverance and didn't know how to be delivered.
i. She had to understand she was a sinner.
B. The Woman Evaded the Question Of Sin.
1. I have no husband
i. She told the truth
ii. She was living with a man.
a. She tried to cover up that sin.
b. She wasn't about to admit to doing anything wrong.
2. Isn't that just like we are?
(Romans 3:10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
II. JESUS KNEW ALL ABOUT HER SIN
A. She Had Five Failed Marriages
1. Jesus knew the truth about her.
B. He knew whether or not she was guilty of:
1. Making ungodly,
i. Worldly choices
2. Being argumentative
3. Being a poor housekeeper
4. Being cold
5. Being unfaithful
6. You and I don't know what she did or didn't do in theses instances.
i. However, we each know what we have done in our own circumstances.
7. Jesus knows the truth
i. About her sin
ii. About your sin
(Jeremiah 16:17) For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
III. JESUS REPROVED HER SIN
A. She Was Living With A Man
1. That wasn't her husband.
2. She didn't admit to sin
i. Yet she is guilty
ii. She knew she wasn't right
B. She Stood Guilty For All Her Sins
(John 4:14) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
1. God tells us we will never thirst.
2. He also tells us we must be born
(John 3:7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
C. We Must Face The Truth
1. Once we have accepted the fact that we are sinners.
2. Accepting Jesus becomes easier.
(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
CONCLUSION: Understanding that God does love you and He has always loved you, "…God so loved the world…" all of us worthless no good nobodies.
Once that has soaked into your heart, and (Romans 3:23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; once you comprehend you are a sinner that God loves (not your sin) We all have sinned and we ALL have fallen short.
And you have realized that if we will just believe that Jesus is God's only begotten Son, "…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
(Romans 10:9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
We then can realize that all we have to do is to call on Jesus' name.
(Romans 10:13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
You say, Brother, the woman at the well didn't do all that. It was done, read verses 28-29 and 39.
She "confessed" that she had talked to "this the Christ."
That is what
Romans 10:9 is talking about "…confess with thy mouth…"
She also understood she was a sinner.
The scriptures do not state that she asked for forgiveness.
Once we have God's Salvation, and understand it, then we need and ought to confess our known sins to God, and ask His forgiveness.
Understand this is a daily, if not an hourly task.
Not to ensure our Salvation, but to insure our reward.