A GLIMPSE OF PURE FAITH
Intro: Of all the personal encounters of the Lord Jesus, I think this is my
personal favorite. In this passage, Jesus displays His love for the lost sinner
and He shows would be witnesses how to go about the business of sharing
the faith. One sure way to learn how to tell others about Jesus is to watch
the way the Master Himself did it.
The main character in this passage, other than Jesus Himself, is a
woman with low morals and a bad reputation. This is seen in the fact that
she came to Jacob’s well to get water at noon, during the hottest part of the
day. The other women would have come early in the morning or late in the
evening to get water. History tells us that those gatherings were often
opportunities for the women to catch up on their gossip. Verse 18 tells us
why she didn’t come with the other women. In fact, she was probably the
subject of their gossip on many occasions.
When she arrives at the well this day, she meets a man named Jesus.
He tells her about an everlasting well of water from which she can take one
drink and never thirst again, v. 13-14. She hears about the true path of
salvation and she is saved by the grace of God! What a wonderful day it
must have been for this woman.
Tonight, I want to jump in at the end of this account. This woman has
heard the Gospel and she has believed. She is saved by grace and is a
new baby in Christ. Here is a woman who is freshly saved. Her faith has
not had time to become jaded. Her faith hasn’t yet become tarnished. We
have the opportunity to look at faith as it appears fresh from the womb
of grace. The kind of faith this woman had in her life is the same kind of
faith you and I need o have in our lives tonight. Allow me to share with you
the qualities of this woman’s faith as we catch A Glimpse Of Pure Faith.
I. SHE HAD SIMPLE FAITH
A. Jesus had come to His Own people and had demonstrated His
power and His identity through many miracles and signs. He had
perfectly fulfilled the prophecies about the Messiah, and yet they had
rejected Him. John 1:11.
B. But, Here is a woman, a child of the hated race of the Samaritans.
She hears the word of God and she believes. There are no
miracles! No water is turned to wine. No demons are cast out. No
multitudes are fed with a little bread and a few fish. No one walks on
water. No one is raised from the dead. Jesus simply tells her the
truth and she believes it and is saved! Her’s is a simple faith!
C. This is the kind of faith that saves the souls! Jesus said that we had to come to Him as little children, Matt. 18:1-5. That is, we are to
lose all pretense. We are to be open and honest. We are to simply
believe Him by faith. Saving faith is a simple faith! Grace works in
the heart of the sinner, and shows him his condition. Grace shows
the sinner where to look to be saved and grace provides the faith to
look. That is saving faith and it is so simple! (Ill. The best testimony
in the world is simple testimony of salvation by grace. The best
testimony is your testimony! It’s the one thing you never have less
of because you have shared it!)
II. SHE HAD SINCERE FAITH
A. After she meets Jesus and believes in her heart that He is the
Messiah. He forgets everything but Him! She drops her waterpot,
v. 28, and heads back into the city to tell the others that He is here!
This man Who moments before had meant absolutely nothing to her
was now the focus of her thoughts and her actions. What an
B. This is how it works for everyone who meets Him! One moment He
is the Lord Jesus Christ, some holy, distant man Who died on a
cross. But, when faith is exercised in Him, He instantly becomes a
personal Friend and the absolute focus and center of your being.
His salvation is amazing because it brings about such an
instantaneous depth of change, 1 Cor. 5:17.
C. Think about all the things that changed for you when you received
Jesus as your Savior! This woman left town that day a dirty, vile,
hated sinner. The women hated her because she was an easy mark
for the men. The men used her body, but didn’t care a thing about
her. She left town a nobody, but she returned to town a new born
child of God! Everything had changed in an instant! When simple
faith is exercised in Jesus Christ, and a soul is saved, sincere faith
quickly develops in the heart of the believer!
III. SHE HAD SHARING FAITH
A. After she is saved the first thing this woman wants to do is go an tell
somebody else. She ran back to town to the crowd who knew best
and told them about Jesus, v. 28-29. Not only did she tell them
about Him, she invited them to come and meet Him for themselves.
She said, “He’s still out there and what He did for me He will do
for you if you will come to Him!”
It must have done some good too, because several of those men
believed because of her witness and others came to know Jesus
because of her invitation. Suffice it to say, this woman was
responsible for a town turning to God, v. 39-42.
B. This woman had the kind of testimony we like to parade across the platform and show off. She had one of those spectacular
testimonies of a life saved from the bottom. In this case, the Lord
took one of the vilest citizens of that town and used her to bring
many souls to Jesus. However, you do not have to go to the bottom
to have a great testimony! You don’t have to wallow in the hog pen
to know how good it feels to be clean! What I am saying is this: If
you are saved, you have a testimony! As long as you can say, “I
have met the Lord Jesus and He changed my life and He can do
the same for you, and here’s how you can know Him.”, the Lord
can use your life! (Ill. Boris Kornfield and Alexander Solhenitzen)
C. There’s just something about meeting Him that makes you want to
tell others about Him! It’s hard to keep to yourself. It is comforting
to know that as we attempt to witness to others, we have the
promises of God in this matter, Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:18-20; Heb. 13:5.
Let’s ask the Lord to develop within us a sharing faith. (Ill. Illiterate
man in Texas!)
IV. SHE HAD SHINING FAITH
A. Something about this old girl was different when she came running
back into town. I guarantee you they had never heard her talk about
“religion” before. Now, here she is talking to them about the Lord
and inviting them out to meet Him. The change in her life was plain
B. When the Lord is truly in your life, it will get out on you! You won’t be
able to keep Him a secret when He lives in your heart. I guess it’s
the whole “light and candle” thing. When He puts His light within
your heart, you will stand out from the darkness around you, Matt.
5:13-16. (Ill. John Pounds made shoes for over 500 hundred
crippled children and lead every single on to Jesus!)
C. You’ve met these kind of people haven’t you? You know the ones.
They are always praising the Lord in public. They pray over their
food in a restaurant. Sometimes they will have a New Testament or
tracts in their pocket. You know, that loud crowd! Man, I pray the
Lord would do that to every one of us! I pray He will fill us up so that
we get a good case of the “can’t help its” and make fools of
ourselves for Jesus’ sake. Let’s ask the Lord to give us a shining
faith that glorifies Him before the world!
V. SHE HAD SAVING FAITH
A. Best of all, this woman had saving faith. She went to the well that
day to get enough water to last the day, she returned with enough
spiritual water to last an eternity! She got more than she bargained
for, she got saved! You can see her in this passage as she attempts
to out maneuver the Lord, v. 9-25. But when she hears His claim to
be the Messiah, v. 26, she loses her will to fight and she believes in
Him by faith!
B. The best thing you will ever get out of life is saving faith! Be sure
you are saved by the grace of God this evening! (Ill. Think of all you
have because you are saved!) And if you are, ask Him to create
within you all the other things He placed within this woman when He
saved her soul.
Conc: Have you ever been to the well and left with more than you came
after? If you are saved, you sure have! Let’s ask the Lord to do within us
what He did within this woman. Let’s ask Him to give a simple faith, a
sincere faith, a sharing faith and a shining faith. Let’s ask Him to take us
and use us like He did this lady. He can and He will if we are saved and
yielded to Him!