Sharing the Joy of Easter

How Jesus Shared the Good News with Others:

• He broke through barriers.

“Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.” (John 4:6-9a) [NLT]

• He loved to listen to others.

“She said to Jesus, ‘You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?’” (John 4:9b) [NLT]

• He talked about real life.

“‘Go and get your husband,’ Jesus told her. ‘I don’t have a husband, the woman replied. Jesus said, ‘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. You certainly spoke the truth!’” (John 4:16-18) [NLT]

“‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?’” (John 4:19-20) [NLT]

• He gave an invitation.

“Jesus replied, ‘If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.’ ‘But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,’ she said, ‘and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?’” (John 4:10-11) [NLT]

“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.’” (John 4:13-14) [NLT]

• He got joy from sharing the Good News!

“Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But Jesus replied, ‘I have a kind of food you know nothing about.’ ‘Did someone bring him food while we were gone?’ the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: ‘My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.’” (John 4:31-34) [NLT]

• He expected God to work!

“Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman
had said, ‘He told me everything I ever did!’” (John 4:39) [NLT]

“You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!” (John 4:35-36) [NLT]

Biblical Response To The Gospel:

A = admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior
B = believe that Jesus died for your sins
C = confess that Jesus is Lord and call upon Him for salvation