May 10, 2020 | Lee Becknell

Mission Impossible

    Text: John 4:31-44
    * I remember watching Mission Impossible when I was a boy. It aired on CBS from September 1966 to March 1973. It was revived in 1988 for two seasons on ABC, retaining only Graves in the cast. It also inspired a series of motion pictures starring Tom Cruise beginning in 1996.


    * A lot of people say I look like Tom Cruise!


    * There is something about the high tech tape recorder and black and white photos. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, ... As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in ten seconds.
    * And when the tape would go up in smoke the music would key in. The mission would begin.
    * This question is still being asked today; will you decide to carry out this mission.


    Title: “Mission Impossible.”


    Theme: “Everyone likes the idea of pulling off the impossible. God has a mission for us all. Jesus is sharing this mission with all believers. Today, we will once again see the heart of Jesus as He loves locally and reaches globally.”


    * In John chapter four we find Jesus relating to a lost Samaritan woman and her entire town. No one could have seen what was about to happen. Nobody would have ever expected that God would care for these people much less send His son to save them.
    * Let me remind you that we are in Missions Month. On the website is a pledge card. We are asking all those who call FBCR their home, their church to prayerfully make a decision to give to missions. When you decide please fill it out so we can take care of God’s business.
    * Beloved, let me share an interesting set of verses with you.
    Psalms 116:12-14, “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
    14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.”
    * Now that is the question. What shall I render to God for all His blessing He has given me?
    * Today, I would like to share with you the following lessons.
    1. The food of God.
    John 4:34, “34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”
    This story of the woman at the well begins with a bone-weary, physically worn out Jesus. The disciples leave Him to go into the city to buy some food. When they return, they find Him in an entirely different state: His hunger is gone, His exhaustion ended, and He is full of fresh vigor, ready to go on doing His work.
    John 4:3-6, “he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. 4 And he had to pass through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob's well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.”
    John 4:31-33, “Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know aboutggg 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?”
    * Their first thought is that someone else had supplied Him with food and reinvigorated Him, but this is not the case at all. Jesus' reply is that something entirely different reenergized Him. Commentators commonly conclude that Jesus said doing God's work stimulated him.
    1 Corinthians 9:16, “For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
    If our lives are going to be at all worthy, it will be because of two factors: What we aim for in life and recognizing who we are. The first may be simply described by saying, "You got to have high hopes," and we can have no higher aim in life than to do the will of the Father.
    * The second can be understood by grasping why psychologists keep trying to persuade parents, to build their children's self-esteem. They have observed that, if children do not think they are anything or can do anything, are of no value and unloved, or have absolutely no skills, they will not do anything. They will spend their lives cowering in self-pity and spinning their wheels in ineffective, low-level activity.
    * Physical eating and spiritual eating. It can be said the same for Christians who never read the word of God. They remain infants in Christ. Low-level Christian service.
    Peter 2:2, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.”
    2. The will of God.
    John 4:34, “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
    John 6:38-40, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
    * We aren’t here by accident; we’re here because God put us here. And He put us here for a reason so we could come to know Him in a personal way, and then live the way He wants us to live.
    * Beloved, let me give you a great truth I have found in this life. If you do not live for Christ, you will not experience the joy and contentment that God has planned for you.
    Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
    1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
    * McClaren's Commentary on John 4, makes an interesting observation, one worth mentioning because it more accurately reflects what He said: Notice that the language of the original is so constructed as to give prominence to the idea that the aim of the Christ's life was the doing of the Father's will; and that it is the aim rather than the actual performance and realization of the aim which is pointed at by our Lord.
    * His reinvigoration derived from making the accomplishment of the Father's will.
    * The Revised English Bible translates this verse as, "But Jesus said, 'For Me it is meat and drink to do the will of Him who sent me until I have finished His work.'" "Until" properly indicates He was being sustained and energized from the motivation to see the work done.
    * If we do not do the Fathers will we live a wasted life.
    Ecclesiastes 4:7-8, “Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless – a miserable business!” - Ecc.4:7-8
    *God is not willing that anyone should perish in their sins…Anything thing that leads people to repentance is God’s Business.
    * The salvation of souls is God’s business. Missions is Gods business.
    Matthew 18:14, “So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”


    3. The work of God.
    John 4:34-38, “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
    * Jesus tells us not to say there is plenty of time for mission. Instead He says if you could see what I see you would know that the harvest is happening.
    * Jesus also tells us in these beautiful verses that there are different acts of missions. Notice verse 36, one reaps and one sows. They both rejoice and they both receive wages. I love the phrase; “gathering fruit for eternal life.”
    * The amazing upshot of Jesus’ trip to Samaria was the surprising spiritual awakening in the town of Sychar. An unlikely woman becomes the means of an unlikely people turning to the Jewish Messiah, even though they were not even full-blooded Jews.
    * This should encourage us in the pluralistic, religiously and ethnically diverse world that we live in. God has a people in Samaria, and he has chosen surprising instruments to reach them—maybe you.
    * Here you find in this verse Salvation-work is called the Father's will.
    * This is a Global Gospel (Gospel of God’s Love for the WHOLE WORLD)
    Mat.28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
    * Millennials and Gen-Xers are the largest generation the world has ever known. Only 28% of Millennials attend church weekly. - viralsolutions.net
    • The result: An entire generation does not embrace the Word of God. They see no value in it.
    * This poor Samaritan woman knew all about failure. She had a long history of broken relationships: Her background was troubled, but then she met Jesus and He changed her life forever!
    * Jesus Christ has the power to change our lives, because He is the Lord God Almighty who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead!
    *Jesus can overcome all of our fears in witnessing. Do you think this woman was afraid to talk to the people in her city? She probably was afraid.
    John 4:41-42, “And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

    Craig Hamlin wrote about a missionary mom who told her children about the importance of sharing their faith in Christ. Then one day, ten-year old Ryan was playing race cars with his friends. After several minutes he ran in the house and yelled, "Mom, come quick. Isabelle wants to accept Jesus into her heart!" Mom was a little skeptical of the little girl's sudden interest in spiritual things, and said, "Ryan, I thought you were playing race cars?" Ryan replied, "We were, Mom, but our cars wrecked. The accident was really bad, so I asked Isabelle if she would go to heaven if she died. She said she didn't know. I told her how she could know, and she wants to ask Jesus into her heart."
    *If ten-year-old Ryan can do it, then we can do it too, with the help of the Lord.

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