“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty
again, but those who drink of the water that I will
give them will never be thirsty.” “Sir, give me this
water, so that I may never be thirsty…” “Out of the
believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”
– John 4:13-14a, 15a, 7:38b
Jesus is unlike any teacher the world has ever known. He didn’t just teach about the way to God. He is the Way. He didn’t just teach about truth. He is truth. He didn’t just teach about life and God. He is God.
Terms This Week
Jesus: God’s Son and Savior of the world.
Living Water: The Word, wisdom, peace, and power of God; things that quench a spiritual thirst.
Prophet: A person who speaks or interprets by God’s inspiration.
Thirst: The acute need for something; water, knowledge, peace of God, etc.
Water: A clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid, H2O, essential for life
Liar, Lunatic, Lord:
C.S. Lewis’ “Liar, Lunatic or Lord” analogy from Mere Christianity is a simple, but classic, argument for Christ’s lordship. Some say Jesus was a good teacher or a great prophet. Lewis doesn’t leave that as an option. If Jesus knew he wasn’t God, he was a liar. Worse—if he called people to trust in him for eternity and wasn’t the Son of God, then he wasn’t even a good teacher. He was an evil and sinister fake. If he believed he was God but really wasn’t, that would make him a lunatic. So, what do you think? Have millions of people over the centuries given their lives in the service of a liar? Are the two billion Christians on the planet today placing their eternal destiny in the hands of a lunatic? Who do you think Jesus is? Before you answer, take a look at Jesus in the Bible. Everything he stood for, taught and did shows him to be a person of unwavering righteousness and truth. Study the life of Jesus. Is there any hint that he is a liar or a lunatic? If not, that leaves people with only one other possibility. He is the Lord of all creation, just as he said. Highlight John 14:6-7 and write “Liar, Lunatic or Lord?” in the margin.
3 Strikes and Your Out
Jesus broke the rules by talking to the Samaritan woman in John 4.
- Strike One! he was talking to a woman. In Jesus’ day, this was not kosher. He did not merely ask for a drink. He engaged in a personal discussion. Women were rarely seen as worthy of such an effort. Even as late as Reformation times there was a debate as to whether women should be taught to read because it was thought they didn’t have souls! Why did Jesus bother to talk to a woman? Ask the question and move on.
- Strike Two! Jesus was talking to a person from a hated race. No good Jew would set his lip to a Samaritan water jar. Again, why would Jesus bother to speak to this person? Ask the question and move on.
- Strike Three! Jesus was talking to someone with a sinful past. The woman had a history of five husbands and was currently living with someone who was not her husband. What does Jesus do with this second-class citizen sinner? He offers her the water of life. Can we do any less to the outcasts in our community, school, or world? Who are the races or groups that are feared and mistreated most in our world today?
How can we do the work of Jesus today?
Who needs our help the most in our own home, community, school, neighborhood, or church?
Will we reach out to them in Jesus’ name?
Remember One Thing
Jesus is more than a teacher, a healer, and a shepherd. He is God.
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