Before I begin this teaching, I would like to quote Hosea 6:6 where God says: “I want you to know me.” So, in this teaching, although we are talking about proofs and reasoning, I would like you to know that the goal of why Jesus appeared on earth was so that we could become God’s friends, and that we would get to know Him as our best friend.
In John chapter 4, John once again proves to us that Jesus is God. John does this by telling us what Jesus said and what He did.
In verses 1-3 we read: “Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.”
We are told that Jesus was becoming famous. The Jewish religious leaders were angry with Jesus because of his fame. He became so popular he left to go somewhere else. It is possible that Jesus left that region to avoid persecution and trouble.
Jesus then walked through a region in Israel called Samaria. The Jewish people who lived there were hated by their fellow Jews. The Samaritans had intermarried with other nationalities, and with people of other religions, and did not follow all the teachings of Judaism.
In verse 7 we read: “Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’” This was unusual. Jesus was speaking to a woman, and this woman wasn’t a pure Jew, she was a half-breed, a half-Jew.
Jesus tells the woman in verse 10: “If you only knew the gift of God has for you and who you are speaking to you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” In verse 13 John quotes Jesus again, Jesus said: “Anyone who drink this water (from the well in the ground) will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It will become a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
John is saying that Jesus can give people eternal life. We all know that it is only God who can give eternal life, so John is saying that Jesus is God.
Then John proves to us that Jesus is God because Jesus knows everything about the woman he is talking to, even though it is the first time Jesus met her. Only God knows everything about us. Jesus said to the woman starting in verse 7: “You’re right. You don’t have a husband – for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”
Jesus Himself tells the woman that He is the Messiah and the Saviour who appeared on earth to save us from our sins. The woman says Jesus in verse 25: “I know that Messiah is coming – the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah.” In Arabic they say: “Isa al-Masih.”
Jesus didn’t say to her, I am a prophet, or I am a messenger. Jesus said to her “I am the Messiah”. The Messiah is the one who can forgive us of our sins and give us eternal life. We know that it is only God who can forgive us of our sins, and here Jesus says that He can forgive us from our sins.
To further prove Jesus is the Messiah and God, John tell us in verse 42 that many other people that heard Jesus teach believed in Him. We read in verse 42: “Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know and believe that he is indeed the Saviour of the world.”
Jesus told people to believe in Him and put their faith in Him. Other prophets told the people to put their faith in God, or in what God said, but Jesus told people to worship Him and to believe in Him.
Jesus did thousands and thousands of miracles every day. No one else but God can do what Jesus did. No other prophet had told the Jews to put their faith in the prophet. But Jesus did. Jesus said in verse 48: “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”
In verse 53 we read about a man who came to Jesus and told him that his son was very sick. Jesus did not even go to the man’s house but simply said, “Your son will live,” and the boy was healed from far away just from Jesus’ words. We read in verse 53: “And he and his entire household believed in Jesus. John didn’t say that the people believed that Jesus was a good man, or a good teacher, or a prophet, or a messenger. John said that they put their faith in Jesus, they believed in Jesus to be saved, they believed in Jesus to be healed, they believed in Jesus to receive eternal life. They believed in Him as al-Masih.
John proves to us in chapter 5 that Jesus is God by quoting what Jesus said, and by what the Jewish leaders said. We read in verses 16-18: “So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason, they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”
Starting in verse 19 of chapter 5 John goes into great detail and explains to us who the Son of God is, and why He is God.
In verse 23 Jesus again says He is equal to God when Jesus says: “everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.”
Whenever Jesus says He is the Son of God, Jesus is saying He is God. Whatever we read what the Son of God can do, we see that it is only God who can do it. For example, only God can give eternal life. Jesus says in verse 25 that He can give eternal life. We read in verse 25 what Jesus says about Himself: “when the dead will hear my voice-the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.”
Whatever God can do, Jesus can do. Jesus can heal people, forgive their sins. He can know everything about people’s lives He has never met. He can tell the future. He never sinned. He speaks only the truth and never lies. He casts out demons. He speaks and whatever He says happens, even if the sick person is far away. This ends our study on chapters 4 and 5.
Relationship – Know him
Beyond the words on a page
Beyond the words of a prayer
Beyond the building of the church
God says: “I want you to know me”
Understand who I am
Spend time with me
I want you to be my friend
I want to eat with you
Spend time with you
Cry with you
And rejoice with you
You will find me
Through my Son
You will find me
Through and in Jesus