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10/1 John 4-6

In these chapters John writes about living water in chapter 4 and then in chapter 6 he writes about the bread of life.  The conversation with the Samaritan women is interesting in as much that she is someone who a Jew would never talk to.  Samaritan and divorced several times, while living with a man she is not married to.  Yet Jesus must have sensed that she is seeking after God.

7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

13Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”15The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

Whether she grasped what Jesus was telling or not is hard to tell, but the people in her village received great benefit from Jesus staying with them for two days.  Many believed and were saved.

In chapter 6 we listen to Jesus as he explains in simple but hard terms how to receive salvation.  Whoever believes in the Son shall have eternal life.

35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

48I am the bread of life. 49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”52Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

It appears that Jesus is beginning to lay the foundation for communion, but most of them just do not get it.  They don’t understand the sacrifice he is going to make for them.  Many of them do not seem to get the correlation between himself and the manna, as they both come from God.   It appears that many of his followers at this point hit the road.  Everyone knows that you need to weed the garden if you want the plans to grow.  In this last section of scripture I wanted to note one of Peter’s better responses to a question asked by Jesus.

66From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

67“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Lord, to whom shall we go?  Way to go Peter.  With an attitude like that one has to wonder why Peter makes a mess out of most things during his time with Jesus.  I wonder today, how do we answer that question when things get difficult.  Comments anyone?


October 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. The book of John is so good and powerful…this is definitely one of my favorites..
    As we just read and studied in Luke, listen to Jesus and seek him, do not worry.
    At times it is easier said then done because the world makes us more antsy for answers, makes us react, sometimes too quickly and at the same time may have us seek others.
    We do have to be strong, to the Lord is whom we should go.
    It is the way, he will provide and guide if we seek him and listen to him.

    Comment by Bob Rawlins | October 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Couldn’t agree more Bob. Thanks for the comments.

      Comment by northsideccblog | October 1, 2009 | Reply

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