Sermon #1392 Miscellaneous Sermons
Title: Sychar’s Sinner Saved
Text: John 4:27-30
Subject: Evidences of Conversion
Date: Sunday Morning – February 13, 2000
Tape # V-69b
Reading: Romans 10:1-17
What a sad, sad picture the Holy Spirit gives us in John 4:27! Our Lord Jesus had come to Samaria on a mission of mercy. The good Shepherd had just found one of his lost sheep. He had revealed himself to a woman of ill-repute and converted her by his almighty grace.
The disciples had been away buying some groceries. They were totally ignorant of the conversation between the Lord Jesus and this Samaritan woman. They did not know what had happened. But when they came on the scene and saw the Lord Jesus talking to this Samaritan woman in a public place, they were shocked by what they saw. They immediately thought, “This doesn’t look good.” Read verse 27.
These men, saved though they were, thought to bring the Son of God before their bar and judge his actions! What brazen audacity! Yet, it is very common. Nothing in this world is more difficult for us to shake than the grave clothes of self-righteous, legal religion and all the taboos men have invented. Religious men invent a multitude of customs, traditions, and moral codes, which they nullify the Word of God and attempt to govern the lives of others. This is exactly what these disciples did here.
They “marveled that he talked with the woman.” They marveled because the Jews had very strict, well known laws regarding such behavior. Their law (not God’s law, their law) said, ``A man must not multiply discourse with a woman, even his wife, much less with his neighbor's wife.”
Their religious teachers said, “When a man talks with a woman, he is the cause of evil to himself, and ceases from the words of the law, and will at last go down into hell.''
This was especially thought to be a very evil thing, if the conversation took place in public, in an inn, or in the street.
This is what their religious traditions and laws required. ``Let no man talk with a woman in the streets, even with his wife, much less with another man's wife.''
The disciples just presumed that what they saw was something evil. Their “moral uprightness” made them sensitive to such things.
For a preacher (teacher, rabbi, scholar, doctor of the law) to be seen talking to a woman was abhorrent. John Gill tells us, “This is one of the six things which are a reproach to a scholar, ‘to talk with a woman in the streets’ And it is even said `’Let him not talk with a woman in the street, though she is his wife, or his sister, or his daughter.’” The fact that this woman was a Samaritan only made a bad situation look worse, in their eyes.
Illustration: L. R.
“Yet no man said,” – Not even Peter, who was never known for biting his tongue, openly asked the Master, "What seekest thou? or Why talkest thou with her?"
I have said all this because we need to be constantly on guard. Let us not only bridle our tongues, but also our thoughts. We ought to always put the best construction possible on the actions of others. Don’t ever presume that you know what is going on with people. It may be that they are not quit as perverted as you are. As John Trapp put it, “All ill thoughts and sinister surmises are to be suppressed and strangled at birth.” This is exactly what out Lord teaches us in Matthew 7.
Love is not suspicious. It does not behave itself unseemly. Religion and self-righteousness makes people suspicious and spreads gossip. Love hopes for the best, believes the best, and says the best. But I did not come here today to talk to you about the horrible sin of self-righteous suspicion and presumption of evil. Read verses 28-30 with me.
The title of my message is – Sychar’s Sinner Saved. The Lord Jesus had achieved his purpose in coming to Samaria. He always does!. He had come to save a poor sinner, and it was done.
How embarrassed these disciples must have been when they found out what had really taken place. This poor sinner had come to the well a fallen child of Adam. She went back to the city rejoicing in the second Adam. She came out to the well concerned only about mundane, carnal things, water to temporarily quench her thirst. She went back with the water of life, springing up like an artesian well of life in her soul. She came out of the city foul with sin, beaten with guilt, ashamed. She went home washed, justified, and sanctified in Christ. She came down corrupt. She went back consecrated. She came out condemned. She went back free. I can almost hear her singing…
Now I am free, there’s no condemnation!
Jesus gave me His perfect salvation.
“Come unto me,” I heard His sweet call;
And now He has saved me, once for all!
She came out of the city of Sychar having had five husbands, which were no husband. She went home with one Husband who is a Husband indeed, faithful and true.
Proposition: This Samaritan woman was converted by the Lord Jesus Christ, by the revelation of Christ to her and in her; and the evidences of her conversion are obvious.
You, too, must be converted. Conversion is always the result of the new birth, the fruit of grace, and the evidence of salvation. There is no salvation without it.
Consider the miracle of birth. Have you ever thought about the great, drastic changes which take place in a new born child, radical changes, but changes that take place in the matter of just a few seconds. When a child is brought forth out of its mother’s womb…
· Eyes which have been in complete darkness before, begin to see light.
· A body which has been snuggled up in a cozy, warm room at nearly 100 degrees, comes into a cold, cold world and must adapt to temperatures 25 or 30 degrees cooler.
· The umbilical cord, through which its life’s blood has always flowed is cut.
· A specific valve in the child’s heart that had to be open in the womb must permanently shut itself by God’s design, so that the used blood and fresh blood circulating through the heart do not mix.
· The lungs fill with air and begin their lifelong function.
· Dozens of changes take place instantly. The nose, the throat, the digestive system, even the skin, goes through great changes, all of which are necessary if the child is to live and be healthy.
As it is in the birth of a child, so it is in the new birth. There are changes which must and always do take place in the life of one who is born of God. These changes are evident in the Samaritan woman. There are four things revealed in our text about this woman to which I want to direct your attention, four evidences of true conversion.
I. The first thing that is obvious in our text is the fact that this woman made A PUBLIC CONFESSION of Christ.
The very first thing a doctor or nurse does after a baby is delivered is slap it on the bottom to make it cry. The cry of the child is evidence that the child is breathing. In the new birth, the first evidence of life, the first evidence that the soul is breathing before God is the cry of new life, confessing Christ before men.
Life is breathing before God. We commonly call this the “cry of faith”, or “prayer.” The evidence of this before men is the believer’s public confession of Christ. Do you not hear this in the Samaritan woman?
Salvation does not come by confessing Christ before men. But it must never be imagined that a public confession of Christ is an optional thing. Our Lord tells us plainly that we must confess him before men; and believers gladly do so. Secret disciples are always suspect disciples.
A. The believer’s confession of Christ is done once, by the solemn ordinance of believer’s baptism (Ro. 6:1-6).
B. Our confession of Christ is also a verbal thing.
I am not talking about a show of piety. I am talking about the natural result of grace in the heart. Grace experienced, Christ revealed makes us love him who first loved us (1 John 4:19). And believers delight to talk about him whom we love. We do so as naturally as a husband talks about his wife, or a grand mother talks about her grand child.
II. This woman’s conversion was more than lip service. It was more than a confession of Christ, it was a confession enforced and backed up by A Positive Change.
We read in verse 28 – “The woman left her water pot!” She now had better things in her hand and greater concerns to look after. Having now the water of life in her soul, she became oblivious to that which others thought absolutely essential, to that which she thought absolutely essential just a short time before.
“She had come to the well with one thing on her mind -- a pot of water; but now she had met Christ, tasted the living water and was so taken with him that she not only forgot the water she had come for, but left even her water pot. Once there is a clear perception of Christ to the heart , once he is revealed, known and received as Lord and Savior, the things of this world do not seem so important.” -- Pastor Henry Mahan
As we read the New Testament, we see this same thing in the lives of others. The disciples left their nets, their business, their friends, and all for Christ. So, too, believers are brought to leave their earthly and worldly things for the sake of Christ, his gospel, his church, his kingdom, and his glory.
In a word, being risen with Christ she set her affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
III. Here is another evidence of her conversion. This woman, once she met the Savior, showed A Personal Concern for others to know him.
Up to this point in her life, this woman, like all other people, was concerned for herself. Previously she had known many, and known them only too well; but had never done anyone any good. She had given many pleasure; but she had done them no good. She used them; and they used her. Now, she was concerned for their souls. Her first thought seems to have been, “I’ve got to tell others about the Savior. I’ve got to make him known.” Look at verses 28 and29.
· Andrew and Philip, when they had found Christ themselves, told others about him, and brought them to him.
· Levi (Matthew), the publican, once he was called by Christ, made a feast for Christ, and invited many publicans and sinners to sit down with him, that they might know him as well.
· The Apostle Paul, once he was converted, expressed a great concern for his brethren and kinsmen according to the flesh. He wanted others to know the Savior.
· Such is the nature of true grace. Those who have it want to share it. Those who know Christ want others to know him, too.
Illustration: Let me tell you how the gospel first came to Korea. Back in 1866, there was a Welshman by the name of Robert J. Thomas working in China as a colporteur (a Bible and book distributor) with the Scottish Bible Society. But he had a great burden to carry the gospel into Korea. He boarded an American ship, the General Sherman, sailed from China to Pyong-yang, a large city in the northern part of Korea. As the ship neared the harbor, it was attacked by the Koreans and burned at sea. The crew and all the passengers were killed. As the ship and all aboard were sinking, Robert Thomas managed to make it to the shore. He struggled up out of the sea onto the shore with his arms filled with books. They were Bibles. He thrust the Bibles into the hands of the Koreans on shore, as they clubbed him to death.
Why? He had met the Savior. He had tasted grace. Robert J. Thomas had the same overwhelming, life controlling fire in his soul that the Samaritan woman had. It is what Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 5:10-15.
IV. This saved sinner went home to those she knew with A Passionate Call.
I am not stretching my imagination at all by telling you that there was nothing half-hearted about her call. She was all in it! I know, because they came! She did not say go, but “Come,” and led them out to the Savior.
Come, O sinners, come and welcome to the Savior!
 Evidence is not proof; but it is evidence. You may have many evidences of conversion without conversion; but you cannot converted and not be changed, changed inwardly and outwardly. “Conversion,” wrote Joseph Alliene, “is a deep work –a heart work. It goes throughout the man, throughout the mind, throughout the members, throughout the entire life.”