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Our text today is John Chapter 4, verses 34 through 38.

Before we go to chapter 4, let’s remember what happened in John Chapter 3.

In John Chapter 3 Jesus explained to Nicodemus about being born again.

After that, John the Baptist, explained to his own disciples that Jesus must increase & he must decease; because Jesus is the Christ.

The last thing _ that John the Baptist had said to the crowd was, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Word had spread to the Pharisees, that Jesus was making more disciples than John.

Jesus knew that He was sent to die on the cross.

But His hour had not come yet; so, He always had to be careful.

We often see Him withdraw from situations where the Pharisees or others might try to kill Him _ before His appointed hour.

Satan had been trying to kill Jesus ever since Herod killed the baby boys in & around Bethlehem.

Therefore, Jesus left Judea and departed again to Galilee. _ But He needed to go through Samaria.

We will read our text in context, beginning with verse 1 of John chapter 4.

John 4:1-42 (NKJV)

1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John

2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),

3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.

4 But He needed to go through Samaria.

5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink."

8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."

11 The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?

12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?"

13 Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."

15 The woman said to Him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

16 Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."

17 The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,'

18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly."

19 The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship."

21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."

26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or, "Why are You talking with her?"

28 The woman then left her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,

29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?"

30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.

31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat."

32 But He said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know."

33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?"

34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

35 Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

37 For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'

38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did."

40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

41 And many more believed because of His own word.

42 Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

So, what happen here?

Jesus witnessed to a Samaritan woman of questionable morals.

She knew by looking at Him that He was a Jew.

She anticipated that He would shun her because she was a Samaritan.

He started a conversation with her by asking for a drink.

They had a profitable conversation.

She had a question about worship; who is right, the Jews or the Samaritans?

Jesus told her, “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. __ God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."

Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He."

She asked questions about religion and Jesus showed her the Messiah.

His disciples returned and were amazed that He was even talking to her.

Immediately she went witnessing to the men of the city, and drew them to meet Jesus.

“….many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all that I ever did."

So, when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.

And many more believed because of His own word.

That city had a revival, because a sinful woman had met Jesus and she immediately shared the good news with her neighbors.

Our Scripture tells us in the meantime, His disciples were urging Jesus to eat.

His answer to them is our text.

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

Jesus had started a revival with one short conversation with a sinful woman and He wanted His disciples to do the same.

And He commands us to do the same.

The sinful Samaritan woman testified to others immediately after coming to know Jesus.

Now we will examine what Jesus said:

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Jesus would rather obey the Father, than eat.

Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

The disciples understood this illustration.

Anyone who grew up in the wheat fields of Kansas understands the urgency of Christ’s metaphor.

Suppose you only got paid once a year instead of weekly or monthly.

Last summer you plowed and tilled your fields.

You had to buy lubricants and fuel all year.

You constantly maintained and repaired your machinery.

You paid your taxes.

Your day started at 6 am every morning.

Every day you fed and watered the chickens and the other livestock before breakfast.

Someone was fixing your breakfast while you did your chores.

You ate and went to the fields with your tractor pulling the implement of the day.

At noon, you took an hour for lunch and then went back to the field.

Sometimes you quit at 6pm.

Sometimes at dark.

And sometimes you plowed with the lights on the tractor until around 10pm.

You did this until the job was done. How long that took depended on the size of your fields and the power of your tractor and the width of your implements.

If you were plowing 640 acres with two medium sized tractors it takes a long time.

Plowing around an 80 acre parcel the first four rounds took me about a half a day with the tractor I drove in western Kansas when I was 12 & 13.

As I remember, it seemed like it took forever to make one round when the field was large.

As you plowed around & around the field got smaller and smaller until you ended up with 80 plowed acres with a furrow down the middle.

Now the nice part about starting a large field is that once you’ve made the first round, you can nap between corners …. if your furrow is deep enough & if your tractor does not have power steering & if you can wake up before you get to the corner.

You see, a tractor without power steering, will follow a deep furrow like a train on a railroad track.

When I turned 15, I started driving a tractor with power steering which made turning corners much easier; but, I found it would crawl out of the furrow.

This made napping more difficult. Not impossible. Just more difficult.

So, the farmer pays his hired hands and works all year, looking forward to payday.

In south central Kansas, payday usually came between mid-June to the 4th of July.

The heads of the golden wheat would be bowing before their creator.

If God chose to bless, the weather was dry.

The wheat was dry.

The fields were white unto harvest.

Christian farmers would pray for 2 weeks of drought.

If the latter rains came early the wheat could go down in the field.

This made it difficult to harvest.

If a thunderstorm came, wind and hail could destroy the crop.

You labored 50 weeks, waiting for payday.

And now you have two weeks to harvest.

There will be no payday if you procrastinate.

So, Jesus tells us, here at Chapel Hill, that the fields are white unto harvest.

And then He says, “…. he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

At His judgment seat, _ Jesus will reward those who testify for Him.

Those who plow the ground will be paid for plowing.

They are the ones develop loving caring relationships with the lost, and testify to them the good news of Jesus.

Those who plant the seeds, will be paid for sharing the good news with those whose ground has already been plowed.

Those who water the seeds with their testimony will be rewarded.

All this time since the ground was plowed, God the Father has sent God the Holy Spirit to shatter a stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh.

And along comes one more laborer for Jesus and the one shares the good news, gets to be super blessed for taking part in the harvest.

And when we all get to heaven, we will rejoice together.

We will rejoice with the other laborers and with the fruits of our labors.

Every person who testified to me during my first thirty-five years will rejoice to see me there.

In my early 20s Al Petrick, sat next to me at Boeing. He told me about the end times and the return of Jesus.

Al was a Baptist church planter.

I was very interested what he shared.

He never got to see the harvest _ but he will, at the judgment seat of Christ.

And Al and I will rejoice together.

The plowed the ground of my soul by being my friend.

Al seemed a little odd to me but I really liked him.

Most of my friends have been odd. Why wouldn’t I like odd. I’m odd.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

What did Jesus say next in our text?

For in this the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.'

I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors."

The last people who testified to me got to reap what Al sewed.

But every person who testified to me from my childhood to the day the Holy Spirit shattered my stony heart and gave me a heart of flesh will be there to rejoice with Al and me.

I don’t remember most of them now; but, I will then.

“For now, we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” ____ 1st Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)

We don’t have to be soul winners.

That is not our job. We are witnesses

We bring the good news of Jesus to the lost; _ whether family, friends, or strangers.

God wins souls. He is the soul winner. That is His part and He is the only One who can.

We testify. God wins souls.

We simply witness what we know.

Do you remember what Peter & John said when they were commanded by the Sanhedrin _ to stop witnessing?

But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard." Acts 4:19-20 (NASB)

They could not stop speaking about what they have seen and heard; _ and neither should we.

So, today we saw Jesus testify to a woman who, at first saw Him as a stranger, _ whom she assumed would be prejudiced against her.

Jesus plowed, planted, watered and harvested.

But, Jesus is God.

The sinful woman testified to her neighbors and they came to Jesus and there was a great harvest.

Then, Jesus told His disciples and us that we are to develop spiritual friendly relationships, and share the good news. _ That is plowing.

We are to share good news with those who have already heard the good news but have not yet trusted Jesus. _ That is planting.

We are to share the good news with those who have been testified to before. _ That is watering.

And sometimes God will bless us with being there for a short payday on earth, _ the harvest of a soul.

But it is always God who gives the increase.

His Word is the seed, and He put eternal life in the seed.

So, we learn much from the Samaritan woman.

Jesus told her:

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth; and the Father is seeking such to worship Him. "

The Father was seeking a sinful Samaritan woman and many of the people in her home town.

Jesus saved her and she immediately testified to her neighbors.

This is God’s plan in action.

Today, the Father is seeking many children and women and men _ in the Mountain View area.

He is seeking them to worship Him in spirit and truth.

And He tells us that the fields are white unto harvest.

When I was a boy, we got up at 6am and left the house and did the work that had to be done.

Nothing happens in the fields if you don’t leave the house and go to the fields.

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