John 4:40-43, "So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."
In this passage of Scripture the Samaritans believed and declared Jesus to be the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Speaking of Jesus they said, "...this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."
Earlier in this chapter the Bible tells us that Jesus left Judaea and headed towards Galilee. The typical route from Judaea to Galilee was through Samaria. Though this was the common route, we are told this trip through Samaria would be far from common. The Bible says of Jesus going through Samaria in verse 4, “…he must needs go through Samaria.”
There Jesus met the woman at the well and promised her everlasting, living water. He spoke to her in such a way that inclined her to think of the coming Messiah. After Jesus had revealed to her His knowledge of her many husbands, she said to Him as recorded in verse 25 of this chapter, “I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.”
This Samaritan woman knew the Old Testament Scriptures which promised and predicted that God would send the Messias or Messiah, His anointed One who would save people from their sins, which in the New Testament is called the Christ. She stated she knew this to Jesus and see what Jesus told her in verse 26. "Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he." Jesus told her that He was the Messias, the Messiah, God’s anointed One, the Christ.
When the New Testament calls Jesus the Christ or refers to Him as Jesus Christ it declares who Jesus is – the Messiah, the Anointed One of God who saves people from their sins.
Upon her thinking of the Messiah, upon Him telling her He is the Messiah, she left her waterpot and ran into town to tell the others. Her testimony is given in verse 29, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" The Samaritans came out of the city to meet Jesus whom this woman told them about.
Just before this woman left the presence of Jesus to go tell the city, the disciples which had went into town to get food, had returned and saw Jesus conversing with this Samaritan woman. The Bible says they marveled that He talked with the woman. They marveled, but remained silent.
In verse 39, the Bible tells us that many of city, upon her this woman’s testimony, believed just by her testimony alone that this Jesus whom she had met by the well was the Messiah.
Those who met Jesus urged Jesus to stay with them in their city. Jesus consented and stayed with the Samaritan people of that city for two days. In verse 41 it says, “And many more believed because of his own words.”
These who heard Jesus and believed He was the Messiah proclaimed in verse 42, “…this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
These Samaritans declared Jesus to be the Messias, the Christ, the Saviour of the world. They declared Jesus to be the promised and predicted Anointed One of God who would save people from their sins.
Believe it or not, Jesus is the Saviour of the world.
Jesus Christ said to this woman, “…I that speak unto thee am he.” The Saviour of the world is Christ. He is the Saviour of the world before these other Samaritans believed. Listen carefully, Jesus was the Saviour of the world before this woman believed. Jesus was the Saviour before these disciples who went to get food in the city believed upon Him.
Whether men believe or not, before men believe and after they believe, Jesus is the Saviour of the world. It is not a man’s acceptance or rejection of Jesus as the Saviour which makes or breaks Jesus’ position as Saviour. Men do not make Jesus who is or who He is not.
The entire world could remain in unbelief and Jesus would still be the Saviour of the world. The unbelieving Pharisees and unbelieving Sadducees did mold Jesus into something other than the Saviour. He is the Saviour of the world!
Just as He is the Judge of the quick and the dead, the spiritually alive and the spiritually dead, He is the Saviour. Man’s belief or unbelief does not alter Jesus’ position and title of Saviour.
Jesus is the Saviour of the world and that means all people.
Do not miss the significance of the Samaritans declaring in verse 42 that Jesus is, “…indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.” When they declared Jesus to be the Saviour of the world they did not limit His atonement to a specific group of people. They did not limit Christ’s rescuing of men to one part of the world or to one group of people. Those who claim the false doctrine of limited atonement have limited the Holy One of Israel.
The Samaritans, this mixture of Jew and otherwise, rightly and accurately declared Jesus to be the Saviour of all people regardless of one’s race, creed, or color. Jesus was the Saviour in Judaea, where He just left. He was the Saviour by Jacob’s well outside the city of Sychar. He is the Saviour as He was in the boat upon the Sea of Galilee. He is the Saviour in Gadara.
He died so that those in Judaea could be saved. He died so that men in Samaria could be saved. He died so that Jews may be saved. He died so that Gentiles may be saved. He did so Asians may be saved. He died so Americans may be saved. He died for everyone.
The Lord told the disciples just prior to His ascension into Heaven, “…ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Jesus’ title and position of Saviour extended beyond Jerusalem, beyond all of Judaea. He is to be proclaimed as Saviour in Samaria. He is to be proclaimed as the Saviour in the uttermost part of the earth. He is the Saviour of the world!
The missionaries we support in various parts of the world preach Jesus Christ is the Saviour. He is preached by Bro. Hoffman in South Korea as the Saviour. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Saviour to South Koreans. He is preached by Bro. Benbrooks in Togo and now in Martinique as the Saviour. The Saviour of men and women in Martinique is Jesus. He is preached by Bro. Lewis in Papua New Guinea as the Saviour. He is preached this morning in the United States as the Saviour. Jesus is the Saviour of the world!
It is often asked, “Are Jews and Gentiles get saved the same way?” These are the two general classifications of mankind as found in much of the Old Testament and throughout the New Testament. Jews are those who are descendants of Abraham. Anyone who cannot trace their lineage back to Abraham are considered Gentiles. Gentiles are non-Jews.
The question again which is often asked is, “Are Jews and Gentiles saved the same way?” The Bible answers this questions, but let me first make a point.
The separation of the races into Jews and non-Jews (Gentiles) did not occur until Abraham and really not clearly until later. Though some trace a line from Seth forward and Cain forward, the truth is if you or I were to ask someone before Abraham’s time, “How does a Jew get saved from sin’s penalty?” they would respond with, “What and who is a Jew?”
Let me answer it with what the Bible says. People are saved from sin’s penalty of eternal separation from God in Hell by trusting Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Jews are saved that way. Gentiles are saved that way. People in the Old Testament were saved that way. People in the New Testament are saved that way. Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world! These Samaritans believed Jesus was their Saviour and this is how any and every person is saved from sin’s penalty.
All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Jews and Gentiles alike, all of mankind, all have sinned and come short. Jesus is the Saviour of the world. There is not one Saviour for the Jews and another for Gentiles. There is not one way of salvation for the Jews and another plan for the Gentiles. Jesus is the Saviour of the world!
Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and that means all times.
For three years, Jesus had what is often referred to as a public ministry. The beginning of His public ministry began following His baptism and temptation. Jesus was the Saviour at that point in the history of mankind.
However, Jesus was the Saviour before His temptation and before His baptism. He was the Saviour when He was a twelve year old boy when Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem. He was born in a manger in Bethlehem and He was the Saviour then as a baby.
The angel which came unto the shepherds in the field that night said to the shepherds, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” The angel from Heaven did not declare this child which was born would become the Saviour, but that He was the Saviour!
Jesus Christ’s existence, His being the Saviour, did not begin at the cradle. Jesus is eternal God. He existed before He was born. He existed before He was born and in that time prior to His birth He was the Saviour. Jesus is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world. There has never been a time when Jesus was not Saviour. Jesus is the Saviour of the world!
One of the most well known verses in the Bible declares this truth of His being the Messiah all of the world, throughout all the ages. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God so loved the world. This love of the world is the love of all people of all times. God gave His only begotten Son for people of all ties. That any of those individuals in any of those years believes in Jesus Christ, they will not perish and be separated from God, but have everlasting life.
People of all the ages have gotten saved the same way – faith in Jesus Christ. The first man in the Bible, Adam, got saved through faith in Jesus Christ. The last man who will get saved will have gotten saved through faith in Jesus Christ. The first individual and the last individual to get saved have gotten saved through faith in Jesus Christ and everyone in between is saved the same way.
People in the Old Testament got saved through faith in the Messiah. As they offered up the sacrifices they were picturing through faith the Lamb who was to come. It was not their offerings/sacrifices which saved them. It was their faith in the Messiah which made them righteous. They looked forward to the Messiah’s birth, death, and resurrection. We look backward to the Messiah’s birth, death, and resurrection. We both look to Jesus by faith as our personal Saviour.
Jesus is the Saviour of the world and that means sinful men.
We are told that these Samaritans believed Jesus was the Christ. These Samaritans were a sinful people as were the sinful Jews. This Samaritan woman was a sinner indeed. The group John the Baptist called a generation of vipers, Jesus is the Saviour of those men. John records at the end of His Gospel account how Jesus was betrayed, apprehended, brought before the officials, crowned with thorns, mocked and crucified by soldiers. Jesus is the Saviour of those men.
Jesus is the Saviour of the sinful world. He Himself has said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Jesus is the Saviour of the lost. He has come to rescue sinful man from their sins.
Why would the perfect, sinless, holy Jesus Christ love those who are vile, wretched sinners? Why does God so love the world? Why does God love those who oppose Him? Why does God love sinners?
The Bible speaks of God’s love for sinners in their lost condition in Romans 5:6-8, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loves mankind before they get saved. He loves those who are ungodly. He died for the ungodly. There was a group at the foot of His cross that represented the ungodly. One of the thieves on the cross railed on Him and scoffed Him. He loves the sinful. Later in this same passage He declares that God loves those who are His enemies.
God loves these? He is the Saviour of the world? Yes, God loves these. He loves the one today who seeks to actively oppose Him and His work. What better illustration of God’s love towards those who vehemently oppose Him than in the life of the Christian-persecutor, kicking against the pricks Saul?
God loves the individuals who are indifferent towards Him. He loves those who sit at home today and have not given Him a single thought this entire week. He loves those who have not cracked open a Bible and have not prayed a single prayer. God loves those who seek only their pleasure, their things, and their way.
God loves the insincere and falsely religious individuals. He loves those who attempts to appear Godly and religious before others. He loves those, who like the Pharisees, would make sure others saw them praying and made sure others heard their prayers. When they fasted, they wanted others to know they fasted. They would mark it outwardly by different signs.
He loves the individuals who ease their conscience by sitting in a pew and singing hymns out a hymnal. He loves the individual who tries to show forth their own righteousness, though they are filthy rags in His sight, unto Him. He loves the individual who puts up a spiritual front.
Jesus loves those who pray repetitiously thinking that for their much praying they will be heard. He loves those who go through false rituals.
Mark it down, God loves those who are false teachers and false prophets. If they are men, then they are ones He loves and ones He has died for. Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. He is the not the Saviour of good people, but the Saviour of the world. There is none good, none righteous, no not one.
We should stand in awe of the fact and truth that God loves sinners. You should stand in awe of the truth that before you trusted the Lord as your Saviour, you were lost, condemned, and had the devil as your father. Yet, God loved you.
You should stand in awe of the truth that you were a sinner in need of the Great Physician to heal your soul’s disease and Jesus came and said, “…They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick…I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus is the Saviour of the world, but not all will be saved.
One of the most fearful and frightening truths of Scripture is that some people will refuse to trust Jesus as their personal Saviour. Some individuals will reject the Saviour of the world.
While Jesus is the Saviour of the world, His sacrifice does not automatically cause every person of the world to be saved from their sin. He saves only those individuals who call upon Him by faith. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
We are given awful glimpses in the Bible of those individuals who never trusted Jesus as their Saviour in their earthly lives. We are told of a rich man who rejected Jesus as Saviour in his earthly life. He had a time of ease in his earthly life, but his eternity has been in the place of tormenting flames separated from God.
We are given the awful description of those who reject Jesus as their personal Saviour in the Book of the Revelation. We are told in chapter 20 of those whose individuals who’s names are not in the Book of Life (those who did not trust Jesus as Saviour). The Bible vividly proclaims there, “And whosoever was not found in written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
This punishment of separation from God in Hell is not for a term, but for eternity. One cannot bond out of Hell. It is the unbeliever’s eternal home. John has said, “…he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” The wrath of God remains, abides, on him for all eternity.
For two days, Jesus stayed with the Samaritans. Praise the Lord, He came to them and spoke them the words of life. You who are under the sound of my voice, who are under the words of life which I spoken of from the Word of God, should be thankful He is speaking to you today. Jesus spoke to them about eternal life. He speaks to you today about eternal life. Many of those Samaritans believed Jesus was the Messias, the Messiah, the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Do you? Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour of the world? Do you believe He is your personal Saviour? Believe in Him today. Call upon Him to save your soul from sin. Christian, thank God for saving your soul. Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world.