John 4

John 4:1

Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John

Baptizing. The original word implies total immersion. See entry for Baptism.

John 4:14

but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Eternal life is living forever in union with Jesus; see entry for John 3:15.

John 4:21

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

The Father. Jesus came to reveal a God who loves us like a Father. This revelation was not just for the Jews, but for the Gentiles as well. God is the Father of us all.

When Jesus prayed, “Righteous Father… I have made your name known to them” (John 17:25-26), he was referring to the name of Father. Jesus is in the business of revealing the Father (see entry for Luke 2:49). And when Jesus prayed, “Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:28), he was saying, “May you be known as Father.”

Theologians like to ask, “What was Jesus’ favorite subject?” Some observe that he spoke often about the kingdom. Others note that he spoke much about money and love. But Jesus’ favorite subject by a long stretch was his Father. Everything he said and everything he did was grounded in the relationship he shared with his Father. “I do what I see my Father doing,” said Jesus. “I speak what I hear him speaking.” (John 5:17–20, 8:28, 12:49–50).

The Bible has many names for God, but Jesus gave us the best name of all: “Abba, Father” (see entry for Mark 14:36). Abba is not the name of a distant and mysterious God. Abba is your heavenly Father who cares for you and knows your needs (Matt. 6:31–32). Abba Father is the name of God who loves you as much as he loves Jesus (see entry for John 17:23).

John 4:46

Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a royal official whose son was sick at Capernaum.

Cana of Galilee; see entry for John 2:1.

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