Jesus was both man and God, in the flesh. Jesus desired with desire, with a voracious appetite, to do all that God had asked of Him and to finish the mission for which He was sent. Jesus set about doing good works, preaching, teaching, correcting, loving, guiding, leading, healing the sick, helping the afflicted and standing against the works of the devil. This very same Jesus had in His DNA a desire, a necessity, a overwhelming goal and target to “finish” that for which God has sent Him into the world. He came to seek and to save that which was lost and to set captives free.
Beyond all of this, Jesus was constantly fulfilling all of the “due prophecies” concerning Him as Messiah. Why do I say, “due prophesies?” Well there are some prophesies concerning Jesus that were spoken and are still near to being fulfilled such as His soon return in the sky to call His people to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, His return with His Saints to rule and to reign for 1,000 years, after the tribulation and other key prophetic soon to occur events. Yet this Jesus, beloved Son of God was fulfilling the prophesies that corresponded to His appearance on earth and His ministry as the “Son of David”, “Son of Man”, “Messiah”, “Prince of Peace”, and He who would sit on David’s throne for eternity.
This very same Jesus was spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically committed to do all that God had sent Him to do. In the book of John chapter 4 where Jesus was at a city called Sychar, in Samaria, near the piece of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. The Samaritans were the offshoot group of people who grew out of Joseph’s son Ephraim and Manasseh who were 1/2 Jewish and 1/2 Egyptian. The practiced Judaism with some slight twist and most Israelites were taught culturally to avoid them and not to accept them, nor speak to them. Before you get to critical of this — remember how you treat other fellow Christians who have a slightly different belief than you do. We see it all the time. We live in a time of hundreds of Christian Protestant denominations who are most often not speaking to one another, not in contact with one another and not passing through each other’s “territory.” This is what was happening in Samaria. They were outcast, and their way of worshipping was very distinct and different. Their father was Abraham, their descendants were David, Jacob and Joseph. They were from the people of God, yet were marginalized. Part of the work and the mission of Jesus was to go to them in person and to impart spiritual truth and guidance to them prophetically that a time would come when men would call upon God from all nations and would worship Him in spirit and in truth. The Samaritans were equally as expectant and waiting for the Messiah to come. The Messiah came and was standing in front of this woman at the well of Jacob and she didn’t know Him for who He was.
It was not until Jesus spoke truth to her that the revelation of who He “could have been” came to settle into her spirit. She was amazed that Jesus had told her prophetically everything she had ever done. There is one thing about teaching prophetically that should be mentioned. When a person with a true prophetic gift teaches or imparts personally it can be such a blessing, such an encouragement, such a supernatural event. I love to speak with people who have a “true prophetic gift” from God that operates by the will of God. This woman saw Jesus fulfilling a mission from God and she ran and told her whole community, “Come with me, and meet the man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could He be the Messiah?” I think she was convinced in her spirit and in her mind and heart that this indeed was the long awaited Messiah, yet due to the culture of the time she wisely framed her invitation as a question saying, “Could this be the Messiah?” That’s the kind of invitation that you can use to excitedly invite people to come to know Jesus as Lord.
The disciples had gone to town to look for bread and food to eat because they were all hungry. This is how Jesus was left alone at the well when the woman approached at the time after most women go to draw out water. When the disciples returned they marveled that the Teacher was talking with the Samaritan woman and that He has been alone with her at the well. They asked Jesus, “What did you want from her? Why were you talking to her?”
The woman left her jar and quickly went to tell her community about the Messiah and the disciples began to encourage Jesus to eat some food. Jesus tells them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” They took this to mean perhaps that he had a “hidden supply” that He had kept apart for only His consumption. But Jesus was talking about a “divine appetite to do the will and the works of God.” Jesus was talking about a divine appetite to finish, to complete, to finish His mission, His calling, His divine appointment. For Jesus this satisfaction in doing the works and the mission of God was just as satisfying as food. It speaks of a mega desire and what it takes to quench that desire. Jesus was saying simply, “I am hooked on doing God’s work, I’m addicted to it and I will finish my mission!” Jesus actually said it like this, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants me to do and to finish the work that He has given to me.”
What a great addiction – an addiction to do the will of God and to complete the mission given to you by God. It was the laser focus of Jesus in His ministry — to do the will of God and to finish His mission. You can find that same attitude in Paul the Apostle over his missionary ministries. Paul desired to finish the race, to do the will of God, to run the good race as if to win it! I think that attitude of Jesus must have been inserted into the DNA of Paul when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. A sense of urgency. A discipline of excellence. A desire akin to the spirit of an Olympian champion, or a star NBA or NFL player, or even a star soccer (Futbol) or hockey champion has.
To develop this insatiable appetite you must love the Lord your God will all of your heart, mind and soul and you must buffet and train and restrain your body, the home of the Holy Spirit and the now temple of God on the earth so that you can run the good race with the heart and the goal to win it and to finish it. Say in your spirit, “I will finish God’s mission for my life!” “I will not turn back, quit, nor slack up — I am all in — all the way – to the finish line.
Jesus was a time later, hanging upon the cross. He has been judged, declared innocent, beaten, spit upon, maligned, mistreated and crucified. As He hung there some saw what they thought was “a defeated man.” What most people don’t know is that the cross, the crucifixion was the absolute will of God for the life of His Messiah, Christ, the anointed one. Your Bible said that it pleased God to crush Jesus for our sake. For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to save the world (those who are lost) No one can be saved apart from the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. No one can be saved and restored back to a right relationship with God without acknowledging that Christ died for them as an all sufficient sacrifice that removes, washes away sins and restores us back to God.
The devil and his angels thought that if they could just kill the Messiah in their nasty trap that it would be over. It was hidden from them from the beginning that God’s “ace in the hole” was Jesus Christ crucified upon a cross. The trap of the devil and his henchmen was turned on them and they found themselves suddenly and completely stripped of power – the power of death. Jesus who’s body was laid in the tomb was placed there after He uttered these words to God in a prayer, “It is finished!” Wait, wait, wait — What is finished? The mission for which Christ was sent upon the earth, in the form of a man, the Lamb of God, was now finished and Jesus gave up the spirit.
But the story is not over because while Jesus’ body lay in the tomb His spirit continued preaching and teaching. Jesus kept pressing on, even after physical death. Even after dead Jesus went to Sheol and preached to the spirits who were held captive in the days of Noah and He led out a train of captives. On the way out the doors of Sheol – Jesus snatched the key of death out of the hands of satan. Death could no more universally rule over men. Now a door had been opened in the heavens and men could be saved by the finished work of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, upon the cross. The cross opened that door by the hand of God and the faithfulness of Jesus Christ and the power of God, the resurrection power, keeps that door open until the end of created time.
Behold, I stand at the door and I knock — If anyone hears me and opens the door I shall go in and sup with him. Today listen for the knock in your heart when God’s Messiah says, “Come to me and cast upon Me all of your burdens, for I am meek and lowly in heart and in Me you shall find rest unto your soul.” Right now, right where you are lift your hands and begin to praise God. Begin to offer up a sacrifice of praise. Begin to worship God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah of God for finishing the mission. By His finished mission you can be saved and have life abundant here and for eternity. If you know these things and you reject the Savior and your name is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of LIfe then you also will be rejected by God.
Many Samaritans in that city believed in Yeshua because of the woman. They were so amazed that they went out to Jesus and asked Him to remain with them for an extended time. Jesus stayed with them for 2 days and many more Samaritans believed upon Him as the Messiah. These people then said to the woman who had met Jesus at the well, “Our faith is no longer based on what you’ve said. We have heard Him ourselves, and we know that He really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:39-42.
That is the goal here folks. We want to encourage you to have such an appetite to finish God’s purpose for your life that you will find the Messiah and ask Him to tarry with you until you believe and then believing upon Him that you will receive Him as Lord and Savior and enter this great race to the finish line. Enjoy this worship video by my Pastor Jentezen Franklin as you receive the truth of God in this message and as it takes root in you and you desire more and more of the water that will never leave you thirsty and the well that will never run dry. Hallelujah — We sing praises to Your name Lord —-