Skirting Around The Edges?
True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth
John 4:5-42 or 4:4-15, 19-26, 39, 40-42
Sermon Topic Abundant life
Scripture Summary John 4:23Keywords
When a young woman attempted to take her own life, she left a short note explaining why she was doing it. She gave several reasons, but one sentence stands out. She said, "I don't have the strength it takes to go on just existing." Fortunately, she was discovered by one of her friends, rushed to the hospital, and her life was saved. Through a combination of good therapy and a deep religious experience, her life was turned around.
"I don't have the strength it takes to go on just existing." Many of us can understand what that girl was saying and identify with it. Somewhere deep within ourselves we know that life is more than "just existing": more than mere survival; more than just making it through the night, only to discover there is another night, and another, for mere existing. There must be more to life than this!
The Gospel of John celebrates the way in which God's Presence in Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to move from "just existing" into abundant life -- "eternal" life. Jesus says, in today's Lesson from John's Gospel, "Anyone who drinks the water that I shall give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14).
Throughout John's Gospel, different figures are used to describe the way in which Jesus comes to us: He is the Bread of Life; He is the Light of the World; He is the Resurrection and the Life; He is the Way and the Truth; He is the Good Shepherd; He is the Beloved Son of God who guides us, the One who protects us. "I have come," Jesus says, so that you may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10-10). Jesus has come to liberate us from the drudgery of "just existing" by offering us new life, in Spirit and Truth." Jesus has come to enable us to celebrate the gift of life, to experience the throbbing vitality of life, deeply, every moment, every day, every [...]