If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the sermon:
- MONDAY: John 1:1-18
- TUESDAY: John 4:1-26
- WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 40
- THURSDAY: Matthew 11:25 – 12:13
- FRIDAY: Galatians 6
- SATURDAY: Hebrews 12:1-13
- SUNDAY: Hebrews 12:14-29
eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!
Sermon Notes: “Tired on the Inside” ⤵️
Preacher: Steven Furtick
Passage: John 4:1-26
Title: Tired on the Inside
Date: June 7, 2020
Today’s sermon notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.
- ♪ The Lord is in this place ♪ … wherever “this place” is, bedrooms, living rooms, our hearts. Wherever he is is holy ground. The I AM is here.
- God intends to be whatever you need in every season.
- We’re not smiling because it’s easy, we’re smiling because he’s with us.
- The building has been closed but the church has been busy.
- How people are feeling: Not busy anymore, but still tired.
- Not due to a physical demand
- Trying to protect yourself (from the virus) but also trying to protect your sanity.
- “I’m tired inside.”
Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
John 4:1-3, NIV
- Jesus refused to be controlled by other people’s agendas. So he headed from Judea (where he was) to Galilee (where he grew up).
- The Pharisees lost their focus on the Father to build their own kingdoms.
Now he had to go through Samaria.
John 4:4, NIV
- He had to go through Samaria.
- We all have “some area” (Samaria) we need to go through.
- The Jews hated going through Samaria; they’d go the long way around to avoid it.
- What are you working around in your life that God wants you to walk through?
- How much longer will you avoid it?
So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
John 4:5-7, NIV
- Who: Samaritan woman
- Where: Sychar in Samaria
- What: Draw water
- Sometimes you got to send people away. (Verse 7)
- God put you where you are today. Some of the fights you’re fighting have been going on longer than you’ve been here.
A. Jesus’ Seven Signs and Seven I AM Statements
- The Book of John is framed by these two ideas:
- #1: At the beginning:
- John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
- As if God had said, “I’m tired of waiting for you to come to me so I’m going to come to you.”
- #2: At the end:
- John 20:30-31: “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
- #1: At the beginning:
- And in between these two ideas, John shares SEVEN signs of Jesus and SEVEN I AM statements of Jesus. (The number seven represents completeness in the Bible.)
- Seven Signs:
- Changing water into wine at Cana (John 2:1-11)
- Healing the royal official’s son in Capernaum (John 4:46-54)
- Healing the paralytic at Bethesda (John 5:1-15)
- Feeding the five thousand (John 6:5-14)
- Jesus walking on water (John 6:16-24)
- Healing the man blind from birth (John 9:1-7)
- The raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-45)
- Seven I AM Statements:
- “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51)
- “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)
- “I am the door of the sheep.” (John 10:7,9)
- “I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)
- “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11, 14)
- “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)
- “I am the true vine.” (John 15:1, 5)
- Why does this matter? John is showing us the number of completion (7) versus man’s number (6).
- That’s why we’re tired. We’re incomplete.
B. Even Jesus Got Tired
- “I’m tired of all these pastors posting about racism on my feed. Can’t we get back to preaching Jesus?”
- It’s like we want to dismantle the cross. We only want the vertical part (me-and-God) and not the horizontal part (me-and-others).
- Which Jesus do you want? The one that you want to lead, or the one that is leading you?
- Even though Isaiah 40:28 says God will not grow weary, in John 4:6 Jesus got tired.
- The same God who created you got tired. Weariness does not equal weakness. What was he tired of?
- The journey
- Peter who was confronting him
- Pharisees who were questioning everything he did
- Of the way the disciples were treating each other (he came to abolish division)
- “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall.” (Isaiah 40:30)
- It’s hard to understand someone if you only see them at one point in their journey.
- When you want to say, “I am sick of this,” know that even Jesus got tired.
- Faith doesn’t prevent fatigue. It gives me a place to sit.
- He sat by Jacob’s well. What well do you sit by when you get tired?
- What wells are you digging for your kids to sit next to?
- Some of the places we’re sitting by are only making us more dehydrated.
- John 4:7 – Will you give me a drink? This is not a pick-up line. This isn’t just about H₂O. Do you know what’s in you?
C. Jesus is the Seventh Man
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have [the sixth man] is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
John 4:17, NIV
- The woman at the well was with the sixth man (incomplete), and Jesus wanted her to know he would be number seven (complete).
- He sat down at the well not because he needed rest, but because she did.
- God is the God who will go through Samaria just to sit with you.
- He’s saying to you: “I came to do what men could never do. I hung on a cross to say, ‘It is finished.’ I came so that you can rest. Will you sit with me?“
- “When you sit with me, you will see with me.”
- I want to sit by the well not tainted by men, the well that has Living Water.
They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31, ESV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28, NIV
- Jesus is saying that to you that when you’re tired of all the husbands that the water that hasn’t satisfied, “I am the Seventh Man that will complete you. I am Living Water.”