John 4:30-35

John 4:30-35  has the village coming out to see this prophet that the Samaritan woman had told them about.  “And they went out to see for themselves”. The woman’s invitation was effective. The people came when she told them who Jesus was and how He had impacted her life with their brief conversation.  Her example gives us a consistent method to help people discover Jesus.  She had said ‘come and see’ for yourself, the same thing that we saw the first disciples say when they were introducing brothers and friends to the Savior.  Simple formula – just invite them to come and see for themselves who Jesus is and what He does in the lives of Christ Followers!

The disciples were concerned about what Jesus would eat.  They were focused on the physical.  He was tuned in to the spiritual.  “In the meantime, the disciples pressed him, Rabbi, eat. Aren’t you going to eat?  He told them, I have food to eat you know nothing about”.  The disciples had gone into the Samaritan village to get food, and wanted Jesus to eat what they brought to Him. But He was not interested in physical food.  He was focused on the spiritual opportunity that was before Him.  In these words our Lord revealed the secret of His strength, and the weakness of His disciples. “The disciples were puzzled. Who could have brought him food”?  Jesus had a greater source of strength and satisfaction than the food He ate

It’s a teachable moment for Jesus and His disciples. “Jesus said, The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started”.  Jesus did not have His focus primarily on the work, the need, the strategy, the techniques, or even the needy people around Him. First and foremost His focus was on doing God’s will.  That was His singular focus.  There is nothing more satisfying than doing the work of God, whatever that is for each of us as Christ Followers. Though this is counter-intuitive and against everything the world tells us, it is true.  Our highest and best use is always doing God’s will.

Guzik says ‘Jesus found satisfaction in not merely starting the work of God, but finishing it. This completes the thought which began in the previous verse.

  • Jesus was surrendered to the Master’s will
  • Jesus was on a recognized commission
  • Jesus came to do His work
  • Jesus came to finish His work’

He’s trying to also teach the disciples to recognize the opportunities that stand before them.  There are many who need the Messiah.  “As you look around right now, wouldn’t you say that in about four months it will be time to harvest? Well, I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you”.  The disciples have the idea that there is no particular hurry for the task of sharing Jesus because things simply take time and you can’t avoid being patient. Jesus did not want His disciples to have this mentality; He wanted them to think and act as if the harvest was ready now.

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