Sermon #1375 Miscellaneous Notes
Title: TWO GREAT SINNERS AND
A GREAT SAVIOR
Texts: John 3:1-3 and 4:4-7
Subject: The Pharisee, The Adulteress, and The Savior
Date: Sunday Morning –
Tape # V-50b
Standing as I do to preach the gospel of Christ to eternity bound sinners, I am constantly aware of my utter insufficiency for the task before me. What great wisdom is needed to minister to the souls of men!
We have all come here today with different needs, from different backgrounds, different experiences, and different circumstances. Yet, we all need the same thing spiritually. We all need…
Today, I want to show you two people who could not have been more different, who were saved by the marvelous, free grace of God in Christ. The title of my message is TWO GREAT SINNERS AND THE GREAT SAVIOR. These two great sinners and Christ our great Savior are set before us John chapters three and four in a most remarkable way.
It is always a mistake to interpret any portion of Scripture without considering the context in which it is found. In fact, it is impossible to interpret the Word of God correctly, if we do not interpret it contextually. Not only did the Holy Spirit inspire the words of this Book, he also inspired and fixed the order in which we are given things in the Inspired Volume. It is no accident that the two stories of Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman are set before us in the same context.
Proposition: Together Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman show us that none are beyond the reach of God’s saving grace in Christ.
Nicodemus shows us that none can rise too high, and the Samaritan woman shows us that none can sink too low, to be saved by the grace of God. At the end of these two stories of grace, we have this great declaration in John 4:42 – “This is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world!”
1. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Savior there is. He is the Savior of Jews and Gentiles, men and women, out of every nation, tongue, and position in the world.
2. All who are saved are saved in the same way.
· By Grace
· Through Righteousness -- (The Obedience and Blood of Christ
· By The Revelation of Christ
3. We all experience grace in a distinct, personal way. No two sinners experience grace in exactly the same way. This is clearly set before us in these two people. Let’s look at the way our Lord dealt with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman, and see what we can learn from their experience of grace.
Divisions: I want to show you three things in this message.
1. A Great Separation
2. A Great Sameness
3. A Great Savior
I. First, we see that there is A GREAT SEPARATION, between Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman.
Both were chosen of God and saved by his grace. We see this fact with regard to the Samaritan woman in the immediate context. Once the Lord revealed himself to her, she immediately left her water pots and said to the men of the city, “Come, see a man, that told me all things that ever I did. Is not this the Christ?” (v. 29). Many believed because of her word.
Nicodemus was one of those disciples who, in John 19, came to bury the Lord Jesus. He was not converted immediately upon hearing the gospel. But he was converted. The Master said to him, “Ye must be born again;” and he was, at the appointed hour.
Here are two sinners, chosen, redeemed, and called by grace; but it would be impossible to imagine two people more distinct and separate from one another. The contrast between Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman is obvious to the most casual reader.
A. Nicodemus was a recognized, important, sophisticated ruler of the Jews, a man of name, rank, and reputation. She was an unnamed, insignificant nobody.
B. Nicodemus was a proud Jew. She was a despised Samaritan.
C. Nicodemus was a wealthy, well-educated scholar. The woman was poor and uneducated.
D. Nicodemus was a man. The Samaritan was a woman.
E. Nicodemus was a man known and respected for his great morality. She was an adulteress.
F. Nicodemus came to the Savior by night, to protect his reputation. This woman came to Jacob’s well at to avoid other people, because she had no reputation to protect.
sought the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus came to
H. The Samaritan woman was converted immediately upon hearing the message of Christ. Nicodemus was converted a good while after he first heard.
Grace reconciles sinners to God; and grace reconciles sinners to one another.
II. Second, though much separated and distinguished Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman from one another, still there was A GREAT SAMENESS about them.
They both thought they were right spiritually, right before God. Without question, neither of them were at peace in their hearts. Their souls were troubled. Their consciences were uneasy. But they had both made a refuge of lies in which they hid themselves in self-righteousness. Both had a religious refuge, which had to be destroyed before they would flee to Christ for refuge. So do you!
B. Spiritual blindness!
Neither Nicomdemus nor the woman had even the slightest spiritual understanding or discernment. Neither could see the kingdom of heaven.
When the Lord Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman about living water, because she could not understand his words, she did the same thing (John -12).
The fact is this woman and Nicodemus, like all men and women by nature, like all of you who are yet without Christ, were lost rebels. As it is written, “All we, like sheep, have go astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way” (Isa. 53:6).
If you are lost, it is because you are an obstinate, stubborn, implacable rebel. If you go to hell, it will be because you have broken God’s law, despised God’s gospel, rejected God’s counsel, laughed at God’s reproof, refused to bow to God’s Son, and hated God in the very core of your being.
Both Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman tried hard, just like you are doing, to cover it up; but they had an emptiness in their souls, just like you do, which could not be filled with the water pots of their religions, or their accomplishments, or their lusts.
Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself; and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”
For a draught from some clear spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.
Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.
Poor was I, and sought for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry!”
Have I described you? Has God exposed your self-righteousness? Has the Holy Spirit made you to see and know the rebellion that rules your heart? Have you begun to know and acknowledge your emptiness? If so, hear me another minute or two, while I show you…
III. A GREAT SAVIOR!
Oh, what a great Savior our Lord Jesus Christ is! Let me show you what he did for these to great sinners. The Lord Jesus did not deal with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman the same way. Yet, in a very real sense he did. This is always what Christ does when he comes to save a sinner. This is what he will do with you, if ever he saves you by his grace.
A. He destroyed the refuge of lies in which they hid themselves.
B. He exposed their rebellion, unbelief, and sin.
C. He made himself known to them
D. He crossed them at their point of rebellion.
Illustration: “Yuh gots tuh git into dat hog pen.”
E. He conquered them by his grace.
 Self-righteousness flourishes in human flesh, just as fully among adulterers and adulteresses as among Pharisees and Sadducees, just as well in the hearts of criminals as in the hearts of cardinals. – Just as Nicodemus argued theology with the Master, defending himself and his religion, so did this adulteress!