Further Reflection – Jesus The Messiah

For study and further reflection from our most recent message Jesus the Messiah, the third in our series Jesus, Name Above All Names, we encourage the use of the following questions.

If you missed last Sunday’s (2/28) message, you can stream or download it here.

Scripture Reading: John 4:1-42

Jesus talks with a Samaritan Woman verses 1-26

What is significant about the story taking place in Samaria?

What does the fact that she comes to draw water at noon time tell us about her?

Why do you think Jesus risked his reputation to ask a favor of this woman?

How would you describe the woman’s response?

What do you think the disciples must have thought by Jesus leading them through this forbidden territory?

How would you describe the woman’s response?

How did Jesus turn the tables on her in verse 10?

In the woman’s reply, what is she really saying?

How is she like Nicodemus (3:1-21)?

Why does Jesus change the topic of conversation so abruptly to her personal live (vv. 16-18)?

What strikes you about the way he responds to her claim to not have a husband?

Why do you think this woman changed the conversation to focus on a religious topic and controversy?

In this story, what does Jesus mean by telling her that God is interested in worshipers who will do so in “spirit and truth”?

What is significant about Jesus choosing this woman as the first person to whom he revealed himself (vv. 39-42)?

Do you think there were a lot of nervous men when she said, “Come see the man who told me everything I ever did”?

Personal Reflections

What social and ethnic barriers have you overcome since coming to faith in Jesus?

What aspects of Jesus’ conversation could you use as a model for your own discussions with searching friends?

What are you constantly “thirsting” for in life? How has Jesus satisfied you?

What one insight did you gain from these verses that you want to remember?
The Disciples Rejoin Jesus verses 27-41

Why were the disciples surprised to find Jesus with this woman?

What does “leaving her water jar” reveal about Jesus’ impact on her?

How did she impact others?

How is Jesus’ figurative speech once again misunderstood (see 2:19; 3:3; 4:10)?

Why does he continue to speak like this?

In what ways is God’s will like food for him?

How does this parable of harvesting apply to the disciples?

Given the social barriers between Jews and Samaritans, what do verses 40-42 teach you about Jesus?

Personal Reflections

Considering your interest in “spiritual things,” are you more like the disciples or the Samaritans? Why?

Is doing God’s will as essential to you as eating food? Why?

What do you learn from the woman about telling others about Jesus? From the parable (vv. 35-38)?

What one new insight did you gain from these verses?

 

 

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