I have been spending a majority of my time in John’s gospel these days. My home church has been working through it for over a year, and now we are in what is likely to be a year long pulpit series trekking through it as well.
I will have the opportunity to preach on the story of the woman at the well in a week and a half, so I am spending some time and attention on her story again. I blogged through this a little passage over a year ago. You can find those posts here.
One thing I noticed in both John 3 and John 4 was this ever-so-promising word – WHOSOEVER. (Well – actually I had to go to my KJV search to find this word – it doesn’t actually appear in many of the modern translations. – ah well – their loss [wink])
Check it out:
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:15-16 KJV
Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. - John 4:13-14 KJV
There are some serious parallels in these two presentations of the Wonderful News.
What strikes me here is not just the fact that He used the word WHOSOEVER but that He demonstrated “whosoever” in no uncertain terms.
Check out the whosoever we are talking to here.
|Nicodemus||Woman at the Well|
|Man||Woman (that’s a bigger deal that you may realize)|
|Educated||Not permitted to learn to read|
|Memorized the Torah||Talmud says better to burn the pages than to let a woman read them.|
|Good reputation||Terrible reputation|
|Came to Jesus||Jesus came to her|
|Met at night||Met at noon|
|Believed and kept quiet||Believed and told everyone|
I am not sure there could be two more different people in that time and place.
I believe one reason John tells us of these two encounters back to back, is to bring our attention to the WHOSOEVERness of the gospel.
He offers both of them in turn access to eternal life.
How great is our God!
Don’t forget to shine.