The Harvest

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Physical vs. Spiritual

John 4:31–33 NIV
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
A. Same Mistake
1. We are all in the same boat
a. Disciples and the Samaritan
b. One was not better than the Other
2. Jesus moving disciples
a. This would be a ministry encompassing task
b. Constantly changing their focus
c. Remember Jesus knew their minds and hearts
Luke 9:54–55 NIV
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them.
B. Food You Don’t Know
John 4:34 NASB95
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.
1. Constant focus on the kingdom
a. It was the purpose for life
b. Food would come, its nothing to worry about
Matthew 6:25 NIV
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
2. Finish His work
a. Talking about the eternal life
b. That was His mission to save all people
i. No one was better than another
ii. we are all sinners

Now is the Time

John 4:35 NASB95
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
A. Harvest is ready
1. We are out of time
a. The kingdom is now
b. Don’t let the flesh get in the way
i. We can get so wrapped up in the worldly stuff
ii. We forget the kingdom of God
2. Now is the Time
a. The harvest is ready
b. So many un-churched in America
i. We are a mission field
C.S. Lewis writes “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were those who thought most about the next.”
B. Already There is Reaping
John 4:36–37 NIV
Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.
1. He was speaking of John and others
a. Focused again on the kingdom
b. Doing the labor before us
i. All the Christians before us
ii. What we are doing right now
The sower and reaper are usually different people, story of the young man I argued with a lot. Someone else reaped what through God I had sown.
2. Glad Together
a. Heaven rejoices
Luke 15:7 NIV
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
b. We are working together
One of the great joys of military or working cattle - its the people. We can be in some of the worst places doing the most God awful work but we did it together, we suffered together, we rejoiced together in the victories. And now think, ours is the most rewarding and best work we can do and we get to do that together too!
C. We Don’t Always Sow
John 4:38 NIV
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
1. Others have done the hard work
a. Now we get the bounty
b. We see the harvest
2. The Prophets and Jews
a. Had to live under the Law
b. All subjected to all kinds of violence
c. All so the Word of God would be known
3. Church Fathers
a. All but one apostle martyred for Christ
b. All so we would have the Word of God known
4. Let us not be afraid
a. Be the one who lays the path forward
b. Setup the World tomorrow for the Word of God by going out today

Proving the Point

John 4:39–42 NIV
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
A. Jesus Proves
1. Seeing the Samaritans
a. The woman had brought them
b. She shared the Good News
c. She Shared with excitement
How am I sharing the Good News?
2. The disciples witness this event
a. All people who were not Jews
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