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Just The Way We Look At Things

John 4:5-42 or 4:4-15, 19-26, 39, 40-42

Sermon Topic Worship

Sermon Week Third Sunday of Lent Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 4:23


A woman was driving along a country road when she noticed an old man sitting on a fence rail watching the cars go by. The driver stopped to ask for directions and, after receiving them, she remarked, "I don't think I could stand living out here as you do. You don't really see much and you probably don't travel like I do. I'm on the go all the time." The old man looked down at the stranger and drawled, "I don't see much difference in what I'm doing and what you're doing. I set on the fence and watch the autos go by, and you set in your auto and watch the fences go by. It's just the way you look at things."

And, you know, that's what our worship experience is all about. Some of us are frequent travelers; some of us are not. Some of us are on the go all the time; some of us are not. Some of us are watching the cars go by; some of us are watching the fences go by. But however varied our day-to-day activities may be, the worship experience is our great equalizer. We come together as Christ's people because "It's just the way we look at things." It's just the way we look at life. It's just the way we look at truth.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus is "on the go" -- traveling through Samaria. At midday He arrives at a village called Sychar. The sun is at its hottest, and He stands alone at a well to which the villagers come for water. a woman comes to draw water from the well and they begin to talk. Jesus is thirsty, but He has nothing with which to draw water from the well. So He asks the woman to give Him a drink. The woman seems startled. She reminds Jesus that she is a Samaritan and He is a Jew, and that a Jew just doesn't talk to a Samaritan. (Like the Jews, the Samaritans were "descendants of Abraham," but a wall of enmity had been built up [...]

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