The Gospel of John: Tell Them!

“So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.” (John 4:28-30)

In John 4:27-42, the Apostle John provides five proofs supporting his overall theme (John 20:30-31) that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. The first one is found in vs. 27. It is the proof that Jesus was in immediate control of His immediate circumstances. He did not allow circumstances to control Him.

The second is found in vs. 28-30. It is the impact Jesus had upon the Woman at the Well. Remember, the woman came to the well to draw physical water. Upon encountering Jesus, she received living water. Jesus made the astonishing claim that He is not only the source of spiritual life, but also that He is God. She left her water jar and went to share what had happened to her. She had to tell somebody. Everybody!

Dr. R. C. Sproul explains, “The woman was so eager to bear witness to Jesus that she even left her water jar behind (v. 28). Ordinarily, women in that culture would not leave such things at the well, but this woman could not wait to tell others about Christ and would not even pause for a second to retrieve her possession. This is understandable, Augustine of Hippo comments in his sermon on today’s passage, for “having received Christ the Lord into her heart, what could she do but now leave her water-pot, and run to preach the gospel?”

As another commentator explains, “As a result of His ministry the Spirit is given to all who come to the one true God—the God of Israel—through Him. In turn, the spiritual blessing we receive is so great that living water flows out from Christ through us to other people. In other words, the Savior’s work in and through us is one of the means by which God extends His kingdom. We minister the gospel to other people according to the Word of God and in the power of the Spirit, and our Father saves His elect and equips them for ministry. By the Spirit, our service to others imparts life.”

This is what the woman did. She went back to her town, presumably Sychar, and told everyone she met that she had encountered the Messiah. Remember, she had probably been ostracized by the town due to her lifestyle of immorality. However, she did not care what people would think. All she could think to do was tell them the exciting news that she was forgiven.

I remember when I was first converted and began to tell my friends what had happened to me. A few listened, even fewer were excited for me, but most dismissed what I had to say and did not want to hear anything about it. Sure, it hurt to be rejected but nothing could suppress the joy of knowing Jesus as my Savior.

One of the earliest gospel songs I remember identifying with was Andrae Crouch’s Tell Them.

Tell them
Even if they don’t believe you
Just tell them
Even if they don’t receive you
Oh, tell them for me
Tell them for me please
Please, tell them for me
Tell them that I love them
And I came to let them know

What about you? Do you know the joy of Jesus as your Savior and Lord? Have you told somebody about the living water only He provides?

Soli deo Gloria!


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