Jacob’s Well (Journey 10)

Here we are on the final journey of this period of time in Jesus’ Life. Jesus is preparing to start His rich Galilean ministry; nonetheless, here we are with the remainder of the beginnings of Jesus’ Ministry, as we talk about Jacob’s well.

The reading here is quite lengthy, which is John 4:3-42. Jesus journeyed from Judea to Sychar in Samaria. Usually the Jews do not go through Samaria. This time Jesus did not pass Samaria without going through and stopping at the Well.

As Jesus was coming to a village in Samaria, He saw a woman at a well. This was a Samaritan woman, and had a similar issue that Nicodemus had, which was that she took Jesus so literally. She had no clue what He meant by “Living Water”—for she thought Jesus was speaking of living water from the well. However, Jesus meant eternal life. Jesus promised her that if she accepted the “Living Water,” her deepest needs would be meant forever!

This woman had sin in her life that needed to be exposed apparently, to which, Jesus found out—even though she hid in embarrassment. As soon as she realized this One was of Divine origin, she loosened up, but quickly changed the subject to the issue between the Jews and Samaritans not deciding upon the location of the Temple.

Jesus told her that the important matters did not involve race or other specific demographic, but rather, those that would concern a right attitude of spirit and right relation with God.

The woman did not understand what He was saying, and told Him that she would wait for the Messiah to come and talk to her. However, Jesus said that He was the Messiah speaking to her, to which, she hurried back to tell the villagers about Him and urge them to come see Him. They rushed over so quickly to see the Messiah.

Meanwhile, the Disciples tended to interpret Jesus’ words literally as well, instead of symbolically, to which, they spoke on the subject of food. Jesus told them that real strength came from obedience to God, not from food. He planned to continue to feed the flock in His Work on Earth by God’s Word, not by meat and drink.

This all has meaning that if a farmer sows a seed; he has to wait many months for it to reap a harvest. In the Samaritan woman’s case, the seed that Jesus sowed into her heart was already bearing fruit, for the Samaritan villagers were already hurrying to find out about Jesus. The Disciples would even reap soon.

The harvest being reaped was from a seed sown long ago from the messengers (Prophets) from God, the ones that went before them. From the Old Testament Prophets to John the Baptist, these predecessors paved the way of the process of redemption that the Lord Jesus would bring upon the earth.

Even though the woman had introduced the villagers to Jesus, they did have to have personal faith in Jesus Christ as we all do! People would soon realize, and thank the Lord nonetheless, that Jesus’ Salvation He brought was not limited to a certain race or group of people.

What can we learn from this?

Jesus went into a territory that may be of hazard, as the Samaritans hated the Jews (and vice-versa likely), to which, we too should not go into places of trouble unless we must go (especially according to the Will of God—for Jesus “must needs to go through Samaria”).

If we do go to the place of trouble, do not linger there, but quickly proceed. Christ did not show anger to her as the Jews did, but was there to bless her. This is what we should do also is not to do something impure in heart, but be Christlike nonetheless.

In addition, just as the Samaritan woman went to tell about Jesus, we too should do the same, and that is to tell as many people as possible about Jesus, our Savior! The woman also had sin, and Jesus was willing to forgive her, just as He does for us. No past sins can bar our acceptance from Jesus!

Lastly, we know that when seeds are sown, a harvest can be reaped, to which, we too can think this way. When we go to speak about Jesus, for example, people may not accept it at first, or they may be confused. However, know that the seed is sown. We may not get anywhere, or people may decline Him at first; however, with the seed sown, the harvest could be reaped eventually.

Salvation has come (Journey 9)

Part 1: Jesus cleansing the Temple, then meeting with Nicodemus

We read in John 2:13-3:36 – and Jesus journeys from Capernaum to Jerusalem, and then over to Judea.

In a nutshell: Unopposed Jesus wrathfully cleanses the Temple. He prophesies of His death and Resurrection. He works miracles, but He does not trust the crowds. Nicodemus visits Jesus by night, and they converse on spiritual matters. Jesus and His Disciples went into the countryside of Judea. When Jesus’ Disciples baptize more disciples than John the Baptist, John Baptizing at Aenon, humbly defends Jesus against his own disciples.

Jesus cleansing the Temple

As Jesus leaves Capernaum, He goes to Jerusalem for the Passover. When he visits the Temple, he found out of the gathering merchants and moneychangers that were selling animals for sacrifice, exchanging foreign money, and setting up a marketplace — in, the outer court (the Court of the Gentiles).

Jesus was so angry that he boldly cleansed the Temple of all commercial activity by using a scourge made out of small cords, pouring out the moneychangers’ money, and overthrowing the tables. He told them this: “Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” The Disciples were astonished; however, the Lord was zealous to take care of God’s House!

The Jews swarmed in, though, objecting to the overthrow by Jesus, and then the Jews challenged Him to perform a miracle as evidence that He had authority from God to act in such a way. Jesus then spoke that His Resurrection is His authority, and that even though no one knew what He was saying, Jesus knew that the Jews would eventually kill Him and He would then arise from the dead to bring New Life to the world. Only some were impressed at Him and His miracles; however, there did not seem to be any completely loyal followers. Most people just seemed enthused.

Nicodemus would soon come unto Jesus. Nicodemus was a member of the Jewish Council (Sanhedrin), and he was impressed with Jesus’ miracles. However, he noticed that no one could do such miracles without God being with him. Jesus responded to Him saying, “…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus was confused on how someone can be born, especially when old, for it would be difficult to enter back into the mother’s womb.

One must be born of the water and of the Spirit before He can enter the Kingdom of God. One can be born of the flesh, but those need to be born of the Spirit before he/she can see the Kingdom of God, therefore, Jesus speaks that the work of God’s Spirit is mysterious for it cannot be seen, but the results can be seen. One needs to personally experience God to even know what Jesus is saying here, for those who only think worldly will not understand.

Jesus startles Nicodemus, when He said, “no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” What about Enoch, Elijah, Melchizedek, etc.? Nonetheless, Jesus calls Himself God’s Gift to the world, which has come to die on the cross to bring Salvation from God.

If condemned people believe upon Him, they will have eternal life. God’s Purpose in sending His Son into the world was to have people believe in Him so that they have eternal life. However, if people prefer darkness of sin compared to the light of Salvation, they will only bring judgment upon themselves.

Now that Jesus has come, the difference between light and darkness, good and evil, etc. is clearly seen (as the Holy Ghost is able to distinguish such things as well). People can come into relationship with the Lord through the cleansing Jesus provides, or they may choose to stay in sin. Once one has come to God’s light, they see their new life as God works within them and through them. His conversation with Nicodemus concludes.

Going forward, John the Baptist was still preaching and baptizing people near the Jordan in Aenon near to Salim. Jesus and His Disciples were preaching and baptizing in Judea. Some of John’s disciples were jealous of Jesus’ popularity, to which, John rebuked them and told them that His Work was so important that they (John and his disciples) were just ones to prepare the way for Jesus and His Ministry.

The work had completed for John and his disciples, for John was like a friend of a bridegroom who had made necessary preparations for a wedding, but had withdrawn once the bridegroom arrived (possibly a prophecy of the future wedding of Christ to the saints).

John was just ordinary, and felt so humbled, as Jesus was the One who came from Heaven, and He is speaking God’s Words. Many people rejected this Messenger; though, some did believe. God continued to reveal Himself to the world through Jesus, as He journeyed along.

The mission is carrying out well and perfectly through the power of God, especially working through Jesus. Those that had accepted His Teachings showed that they believed upon God, it seems. However, some didn’t believe Jesus at all, and only placed themselves under God’s Judgment.

What can we learn from this?

We learn that those who try to use God’s House for a purpose other than it should be will be dealt with, as He will not tolerate it. We must also know that our Lord knows all men, their nature, personality, and other ways of thinking, and thus, He knows all craftiness and other troubles that people may cause. He can see the hearts of men to know their intentions for Christ tries the heart.

As He is speaking to Nicodemus, we can see that Christ is encouraging good beginnings, even if they are weak. We have necessity of New Birth in the Spirit, if we want to see the Kingdom of God. Physical things are not of much interest to God, for He acknowledges things that are more spiritual. We must continue to believe in Him, as He is the provider of Salvation alone. He helps us as we Glorify Him!

Archaeological Ruins of the Second Temple

Part 2: Reason for leaving Judea

This little event is covered in these Scriptures: Matthew 4:12; Mark 1:14; Luke 3:19-20; John 4:1-4. Jesus leaves Judea, knowing that the rulers will not hesitate to get rid of this “new threat” to their power. John already had been imprisoned by Herod. Jesus departed into Galilee by way of Samaria.

Jesus has left Judea, as He knew the rulers would not hesitate for getting rid of a threat to their power: John the Baptist. Jesus feels that He needs to go through Samaria to get to John the Baptist. The Lord knew about the Pharisees’ talks about Jesus’ Disciples baptizing more people than John and his disciples had.

However, the Lord was more concerned on seeing John the Baptist, noting that He did not pay much attention to the arguments that the Pharisees attempted to pose. John the Baptist had rebuked Herod for all of his evil acts; therefore, the anger of Herod for this civil insubordination caused him to send John to prison.

What can we learn from this?

Jesus applied Himself more toward preaching, He did not pay as much attention to baptizing, as He had delegated the tasks to His Disciples. This shows us that we need to promote more on feeding His sheep, rather than just doing sacraments all the time. It is better to do things in a good order, especially if you delegate your tasks to the leaders so that you don’t have to do all the work.

This would help us learn that we don’t have to do all the work ourselves, but we can delegate to our helpers. Lastly, He shows us the value placed upon friends, to which, we should be willing to forward our attention to those in need instead of talking to people who would only want to discourage us.

The Pharisees had caught on and became jealous while talking about the jealousy of others, which would only distract Jesus. We need not pay attention to such distractions and adversity, for we need to focus on the Will of God.

Jesus begins miraculous works (Journeys 7-8)

Jesus is to begin His miraculous works, and we will explore this…

Journey 7: Jesus’ first miracle

For this wonderful miracle, we begin reading in John 2:1-11, where Jesus journeyed from Bethabara to Cana in Galilee. This is not the same as the Parable of the Wedding Feast (& Great Banquet) we find in Luke 14:7-24; Matthew 22:1-14.

Jesus’ Mother was involved with a marriage in Cana of Galilee, to which, Jesus and His Disciples were invited. At the wedding feast, they needed wine, so Jesus’ Mother told Jesus of this. Jesus told her that His hour is not yet come (probably because His time to minister has not come yet to display His Messianic Power). She then tells the servants to do as Jesus says; therefore, He tells them to fill six water pots with water to the brim.

Jesus then tells them to take them to the governor of the feast. Once they reported to the governor of the feast, the governor had tried the water and knew it was not just water—but wine instead. They now had many water pots full of wine. The governor soon calls unto the bridegroom to only use this good wine correctly and not for drunkenness. Through this, He showed His Disciples, for the first time, something of glorious power that the Messiah can do.

What can we learn from this?

When we need something, we must bring our needs to Christ and allow Him to do as He pleases. If we expect Him to help solve our problems, we must be ready to obey Him (just as Mary told the servants to do as He says to do). Through Jesus’ work at the wedding here, we see He produced for them the best wine.

When we depend upon Him, we can acknowledge that His Power is best for our situation and therefore hope in the best result, especially according to the Will of God! Furthermore, we must invite the redeemer anywhere or any time, in which, we need Him, because He is willing to help at any time or anywhere!

Jesus’ first visit to Capernaum

Jesus journeys from Cana to Nazareth, and then went from Nazareth to Capernaum (which is on the shore of the Sea of Galilee). Matthew 13:55-56: Jesus had four brothers at this time: James, Jose, Simon, and Judas. In Mark 6:3, Joseph, Jesus’ foster father, was probably dead at this time. Our overall readings for this journey are Matthew 4:13 and John 2:12.

Jesus heard about John being cast into prison, and therefore, departed quickly to Galilee. He soon leaves Nazareth and went to dwell in Capernaum. The whole family went, as John had said, except for the daughters it seems. Capernaum seemed to be an important place for our Lord, for He appeared to be there for 18 of the most important months of His Life, to which, He called it His Own City. He would make tours from here and return occasionally.

What can we learn from this?

Always stick close to, visit family and friends occasionally, for they care about you, and want to receive you when you come. Do not forsake your family and friends, even if you are busy in your career, for love is greatly important and can drive the soul forward in His Will!

Jesus’ Ministry Begins (Journeys 4-6)

Journey 4: Jesus’ Baptism

Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist

We have covered Jesus’ Baptism in: Jesus’ Baptism of immersion where sin turns to Righteousness.

Journey 5: Jesus is tempted in the wilderness

We have good coverage of this as well in: Jesus could not be tempted successfully.

Journey 6, Part 1: John the Baptist witnesses to the priests

The Scripture we will be referencing is John 1:19-28, where Jesus goes from “The Wilderness” to Bethabara (East of Jordan). The Jews sent a committee of Priests and Levites to find out who John was. John the Baptist denies being the Christ or Elias, and neither was He the Prophet. He said, “I am only a voice crying in the wilderness.” John tells about the coming of Jesus.

John is seen here witnessing to Priests, to which, they ask him if he is Christ, and he declines. They ask even if he is Elias (Elijah), to which, he declines. He says he is “the voice of one crying in the wilderness,” and then he commands them to make straight the way of the Lord, as said by the Prophet Esaias (Isaiah). He was not the typical prophet, to which, the Priests question him why he baptizes and preaches on repentance if he is not the Christ. He then speaks up that the Glorious One is coming. John admits that he does not even have the right to loosen His shoes for Him.

What can we learn from this?

Humble yourself, especially if people ask you if you are some kind of Christ or savior, for we only point to One Savior (Christ the King)! He is the One returning soon, and therefore, we have responsibility in all that we do to point to Christ!

Journey 6, Part 2: Jesus calls His first disciples

Jesus chooses first disciples

The Scripture used to cover this is John 1:29-51. This is on the same journey as when John the Baptist witness to the priests; therefore, God’s Work does not stop there, but extends to the first disciples being called. John the Baptist acknowledges Jesus as “The Lamb of God” and calls Him the “Son of God.” Andrew and John (the son of Zebedee) become Jesus’ first Disciples. Andrew finds Peter; Jesus finds Philip; Philip finds Nathanael; Jesus tells Nathanael that He saw him under the fig tree; Jesus tells Nathanael that “greater than these shall he see.”

John sees Jesus coming upon him, and points him out as the Lamb of God. John preached repentance, but told his followers that the only one who could purge sins was Jesus—for upon the Sacrifice of Him, sins are pardoned. To confirm his testimony, John declares the appearance at His Baptism, to which, God Himself bore witness to him that He is the Son of God.

Meanwhile, two Disciples heard Him speak, and followed Him. Jesus noticed them and then asked them of what they sought, and they answered, “Where dwellest thou?” He told them to come and see, that is, to follow Him. Who followed? Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. Andrew tells Simon that they have found the Messiah, “The Christ.” As Simon was brought to Jesus, Jesus had called him, “Cephas,” which interprets to, “a stone.”

As Jesus heads into Galilee the next day, He saw Philip, telling him to “follow me.” Philip quickly grabs Nathanael, telling him they have found Him; the person of Prophecy told by Moses and other prophets. When Nathanael came to see for himself, Jesus complimented him that he has no guile (he was not sly or cunning). Apparently, Jesus had seen him a while back under the fig tree. Therefore, Nathanael was of good character, and soon, he tells Jesus, “Thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” Jesus then said greater things are coming for them to see, even Heaven opening, to which, the Angels of God ascend and descend upon the Son of man.

What can we learn from this?

We should testify, as John did, of what we know of Jesus Christ. When we declare Him upon other people, we all will be blessed. When people hear of such glory, it could interest them and even save them (if necessary). When Christ asks us what we seek, as He did to the Disciples, we should tell Him what we desire or need.

When Jesus notices our character, just as He did of Nathanael, we can know that we have developed well (especially spiritually). He knows us thoroughly; therefore, we should continue to seek to know Him more diligently. Let our hearts be pure as well, for He knows the contents. Let us love Him and love each other, for this is one of the marks of Christlike character!

Jesus’ Birth and Private Life (Journeys 1-3)

Introducing Period 1: 30 years of private life.

The highlight of Journeys 1-3 is that we outline Jesus’ first 30 years of private life, which was before His Baptism and beginning of ministry.

Journey 1, Part 1: Presenting Jesus in the Temple

The Scripture we will be referencing is Luke 2:22-39. Jesus journeys from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, and then returns back to Bethlehem. Jesus was 8 days old and circumcised. When Jesus became 40 days old, He was taken to the Temple for dedication. At the dedication, Simeon prophesies and Anna testifies over the baby Jesus.

A man named Simeon stands up and prophesies, and soon, Anna, the widow from the Temple, gives thanks for Israel’s redemption. Mary, at the end of the forty days, went up to the Temple to offer the appointed sacrifices for her own purification. Joseph was there too, as he presented the Holy Child, Jesus, because, according to the purification law, the firstborn must always be dedicated to God.

Apparently, the firstborn Jewish male child already had the destiny to be a priest; therefore, Jesus met such requirements so He was dedicated for service unto God. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

Jesus' presentation in the Temple

Those that wanted to see the Baby Jesus had to go to the Temple. Simeon gave such a confession, as he knew Jesus was the Savior. Simeon said, “For mine eyes have seen thy Salvation. A Light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.” Mary and Joseph were certainly astonished at such confessions, for Simeon had blessed them. The hopes had shown of all those that embrace Christ would have the thoughts of their hearts revealed.

Soon, Anna, the Prophetess, visits, who has been in the Temple several times. She appears to be part of the Tribe of Asher, to which, this older widow has prayed, fasted, and serviced many. She even went around telling others about the Savior of the world just born.

What can we understand from this?

This Baby Jesus attracted a Prophet and Prophetess (among many more), He was not born in sin or needed a mortification of corruption, or even renewal unto holiness. This was so revealing that He would one day be in total obedience to the whole Law, even in sufferings and temptations, and even more in death for us. This might remind us to dedicate our children unto the Lord, especially in thanks for His giving of the child unto us. More than anything, what some thought when they beheld the Christ Child was an immediate revelation from God (a big announcement for their mindset) that this is the Savior of the world. This child was going to be great and so many knew it, for they gave glory to God!

Journey 1, Part 2: Wise men from the east

We have already extensively covered this in a different blog, please take a look at it – The Wise Men, More than Magi.

The Wise Men from the East

Journey 2: Flight to Egypt

The Scripture we will be referencing for this is Matthew 2:13-23 and Luke 2:39-40. Joseph takes Mary and Jesus from Bethlehem to Egypt, and then from Egypt back to Nazareth. Joseph has a dream; the Angel commands him to take Mary and the Child, and then flee into Egypt. Herod slaughters all male children under the age of two. Herod dies. Joseph has a second dream. Return of the Holy Family to Judea, evidently to live there, but they continued on to Nazareth when they found Archelaus in power.

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream telling him to take Mary and Jesus to flee to Egypt. King Herod wanted every male child eliminated under the age of 2, which was only based on the details the Magi had given him. Because Jesus was in the area and was under the age of 2, Herod wanted them all eliminated, so that Jesus could be included in the elimination process.

Now, they stayed in Egypt until the death of Herod. They wanted to live in Egypt, until finding out that Herod’s Son, Archelaus, was in power, to which, they escaped to Nazareth. This place called Nazareth was near Galilee and was not very well known. Moreover, Luke stated Christ grew and waxed strong in the Spirit, to which, He was filled with wisdom and had the grace of God.

What can we learn from this?

God, when He is pleased to do so, can make the worst situations turn out best. This may have been a trial for Mary and Joseph. Apparently, their faith was firm, for they had the protection of God upon them. In addition, many children had suffered. However, whatever crafty or cruel tricks of man or of evil may be, the Justice of God will stand overall!

Just as Egypt created bondage for people then, it could’ve held Mary, Joseph, and Christ, to which, He could have been killed; however, the Lord directed them to their “Canaan” (Nazareth, the Promised Land). Whenever one is in bondage, the Lord will free them so that He may be glorified!

Journey 3: Jesus’ first Passover at Jerusalem

We have covered this very extensively, so see it here at Jesus’ First Passover.

Image of the Temple

Concluding this set of Journeys

Thank you for reading through and hopefully enjoying this start of the series. Please post below in the comments if you have any questions, or would like to begin the discussion.

Journey into Christ’s Life

Last year, while still running a ministry, our team was putting together Life of Christ content, but we have not finished. Now with the new ministry of Dr Jay, we are able to produce quickly what the Lord wants to minister.

Join us in the Journey with Christ over the next several weeks, as we explore different themes regarding the life of Jesus Christ. We have a Christmas story that is embedded within all of the Life of Christ, so it is unlikely that we will have a “special” for this Christmas. However, this is to encourage you to follow along on this Journey with Christ.

To give you a preview of this series, please join me in a quick overview of the series and a sample teaching below.

Journey with Christ overview

From birth to ascension, we chronicle the Life of Christ in this Journey with Christ. We are talking 64 journeys. There is no specific length of time this series will take, so keep on following this blog as well as our social pages to see more information and learn much about Christ.

Sample lesson

Jesus Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, chronicled in Matthew 5-7; Luke 6:17-49, illustrated six things:

  • Murder
  • Adultery
  • Divorce
  • Oaths
  • Retaliation
  • Love for your enemies

The overall sermon is constructed in the following way:

  1. The Introduction: The Beatitudes and the Woes.
  2. Ethical teachings as noted in the six things above.
  3. The practice of real righteousness, instead of the flashy, Pharisaical ways in almsgiving, prayer, fasting, etc.
  4. Single-hearted devotion to God.
  5. Captious criticism or judging of others.
  6. Prayer and the Golden Rule.
  7. The conclusion: Lesson of personal righteousness driven home by powerful parables.

In the Beatitudes, there are four commands concerning love:

  1. Love your enemies
  2. Bless them that curse you
  3. Do good to those who hate you
  4. Pray for those who persecute you

He also teaches many things that Christians should be:

  • Broken in spirit, which involves being burdened for others, meek, humble, hungry for righteousness, and merciful.
  • Pure in heart, including being wise, patient, loving, joyful, and gracious; salt to preserve and a Light to shine.
  • A teacher, which involves being worth keeping of the truth, avoiding false teachers and teachings, etc.
  • Free from hypocrisy, including selfishness and grudges.
  • A peacemaker, which includes being free from lusts.
  • A giver, which includes giving liberally and cheerfully.
  • A family man, which includes being responsible in the care of your family.
  • Truthful, especially being a truth example of Jesus.
  • Non-resistant to mistreatment.
  • Charitable, which includes the example of Jesus’ unrestricted, unconditional love. Also, note the instructions on things concerning love.
  • Neighborly, which involves putting Jesus first, others next, and yourself last to bring a lasting joy.
  • Godly in society.

We have nine reasons not to worry:

  1. Life is more than meat
  2. The body more than raiment
  3. Men are greater than materials
  4. Humanity is greater than the fowls of the air whom God feeds without their labor
  5. Humanity is better than the plants that don’t worry about their clothing
  6. Worry cannot change the body (except for the worse)
  7. Worry is useless and sinful, worry should not be something we keep up, for it is foolish. What is going to happen cannot be stopped by worry, and if it does not happen, there was nothing to worry about anyway.
  8. God’s Providence is over all Creation
  9. Should adversities come, one can still be victorious by trusting God.

Concluding

Many thanks for reading through and learning more on the overview of this series and catching a glimpse of the teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.

We look forward to producing good content, within text, pictures, and most of all: video!

Blessings unto you! Any questions or anything confusing above such as hard to understand? Leave a comment below.