Sermon #1377 Miscellaneous Notes
Title: THE WELL
Text: John 4:6
Subject: Christ The Well of Salvation
Date: Sunday Morning –
Tape # V-52b
written in the Book of God is designed to teach us something about the person
and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the message of this blessed Book.
All the laws given to
Having said that, it is of immense importance that we never just read the Scriptures casually, for mere entertainment, or to fulfil our daily disciplines. We should always seek the spiritual message of every passage we read. I do not mean that we should invent a spiritual message and read it into a text; but we should always seek the spiritual message of the text, understanding that the message of every text is Christ and him crucified.
“There is a profound significance to everything in Scripture, even the seemingly unimportant details.” A.W. Pink
With these things in mind, I want us to read John 4:7 together. I want to call your attention today to the place where our Lord Jesus met the adulterous Samaritan woman, the place at which grace was bestowed upon her, the place from which she found that living water, which was in her “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
All that transpired between Christ and this poor sinner transpired at the well called, Jacob’s well. Frequently, it is impossible to understand the spiritual, gospel meaning of those events recorded in the Scriptures until we know the place where those events occurred and understand the significance of it. Let me show you what I mean.
1. The children of
2. John the Baptist came
preaching in the wilderness of
3. When our Savior began his public ministry, he went up into the mountain – a place of elevation, to give us the sermon on the mount. That mountain displayed the elevation of his throne and the heavenly nature and source of his doctrine.
4. When he gave out the parables of his kingdom, he went down to the sea side. In the Scriptures, the sea represents the Gentile world. Thus, he taught that his gospel, his kingdom, and his salvation was for God’s elect throughout all the world, both Jew and Gentile.
5. In the parable of the good Samaritan, our Savior portrays the poor sinners he came to seek and save as a certain man, who went down from Jerusalem (the place of blessedness and peace, the city of God) to Jericho (the place of curse). That is a picture of man’s fall! He taught us the same thing in the parable of the prodigal son. The prodigal son left his father’s house, ran away into a far country, and brought himself to abject poverty and utter ruin.
I could give many more examples, but these will suffice to demonstrate the need for observing and understanding the meaning of the place where things happen in the Scriptures. Everything written in this Book is written by divine inspiration and is written for a purpose; and that purpose is to teach us the gospel.
Proposition The Lord Jesus came to Jacob’s well, choosing that spot to be the place where he would make himself known to the adulterous Samaritan woman, because he is himself the well of salvation.
Let’s see if that is not the teaching of Holy Scripture. Turn back to Isaiah 12:3.
In the Old Testament Scriptures, the wells around which so many, many important events took place were typical of our Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation that is in him.
Today, we will look at just a few of those wells; but, remember, those physical, historic wells are insignificant and meaningless to us, until we see how they represent our great Savior, who is THE WELL from which we must draw the waters of salvation and eternal life by faith.
I. The Well of Meeting (Gen. 16:6-7, 13-14)
This is the first mention of a well in the Word of God. It is not insignificant.
· The poor outcast was found at the well.
· God saw Hagar, met her, and supplied all her need at the well.
· The only place where God and sinners can ever meet is Christ!
· The only place at which God can or will look upon sinners in favor is Christ.
· The only source from which the needs of our souls can be supplied is Christ!
II. The Well of Revelation (Gen. 21:14-19)
Here again we see Hagar. This time, she has been expelled from the patriarch’s home with her son, Ishmael.
There are many things worthy of much more attention than I can give them this morning in each of these pictures. I cannot do more, now, than skim the surface. But the thing I want you to see here is that this well was the place of revelation to Hagar.
Here is a poor, outcast sinner, perishing in a desolate wilderness. She is helplessly weeping before the Lord, not really praying, just weeping! Broken-hearted, desperate, helpless, she waited to die, watching her only child die. But God intervened. – “And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water!”
· If we would be saved, we must know God.
· God cannot be known by us, except he reveal himself.
· God reveals himself to sinners in Christ alone.
Look at another well in this same chapter.
III. The Well of A Covenant (Gen. 21:27-31)
Here we are told about a covenant sealed by n oath, a covenant for good. Does that remind you of anything? It should (Heb. -22).
IV. A Well of Prayer (Gen. 24:10-12)
Here is Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, seeking a bride for Isaac. As he went about his business, he stopped by a well to pray, seeking God’s, direction, God’s will, God’s mercy.
Christ, the Well of Salvation, is that One in whom, through whom, and by whom we have access to God. Christ is for us the Well of Prayer, the Place of Prayer.
V. The Well of Rest (Gen. 29:1-3)
· This well was found, not in the wilderness, but in the field. – Green Pastures!
· Here the flocks lie down and rest.
· Christ’s shepherds give his sheep water from this well.
· Christ s our Rest!
He is our well of satisfaction. – O that one would give me to drink of the
water of the well of
Turn to Exodus 2, and I will show you another well.
VI. The Well of Refuge (Ex. -17)
Thank God, there is One to whom sinners can flee for refuge. Our Refuge is that One to whom this well pointed, the Lord Jesus Christ.
· To this well alone we must come, like the daughters of Jethro.
· The hireling shepherds, those preachers who hate the gospel of the free and sovereign grace of God in Christ, drive sinners away from the well of refuge to a refuge of lies.
· Yet, even in this dark, dark day, God has his servants who, like Moses, stand up to help thirsting souls, watering the Lord’s flock.
Let me wrap this message up by showing you one more thing. Let’s go back to our text. – John 4:6. I want you to see that this well is…
VII. Jacob’s Well!
The Lord Jesus Christ is Jacob’s Savior. Who is Jacob?
· A Self-confessed Sinner (1 John 1:9).
· A Redeemed Sinner.
· A Sinner Who Drank from THE WELL.
God help you, now, to draw water, the water of life, out of the Well of Salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.