John Chapter 4:1-3

1When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

2(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

3He left Judea, and departed again into Galilee. 

Every journey begins with a departure.  So we see here Jesus leaving one place, Judea, to travel to Galilee.  He was leaving Judea the meaning of the name being “our God shall be praised”.
There was a disturbance of sorts among the “religious leaders”.  These leaders seemed to have been perturbed to say the least that disciples were being made and baptisms ocurring.

Truly the fact that disciples were made and baptisms were ocurring was a reason for great joy and praise among the followers.   So in that aspect the name of the town they were in, Judea, meaning “praise” was indeed a fitting name.  Yet the word says that when Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that he made and baptized more disciples than John he left that area.

The scriptures teach us that God inhabits the praise of His people (Psalms 22:3).  God lives in Praise.  What caused this praise here in Judea?  Repentance, discipleship and baptism. 

Psa 50:23  Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.

To those who offer praise…offerings require sacrifice.

To him that  ordereth his converstion aright…your mouth is a part of the temple we call our body; it must be in order..

If you have sacrificed your “flesh” that “old man, carnal nature” at the altar of God then old things are passed away and all things are new.  You have now seen and experienced salvation.

The noise of their praise had reached the ear of the “religious” but they only heard with a natural ear.

The scriptures state the Pharisee’s heard; Jesus knew!

Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Mat 13:15  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

What caused Jesus to depart the area?

The Pharisee’s heart.  They were only concerned with works and numbers.  They heard but they could not hear.  Do you have an ear to hear?   Jesus knows your heart?  Scripture states that he “knew” a word meaning “to perceive”.  Jesus felt with his heart the presence of those not aquainted with him.  The Pharisee’s, as well as those today. who have religion and not relationship greives the heart of God.

God desires intimacy, true intimacy.  True intimacy comes from time spent in the secret place of God.

Judea was a place a praise, the outer court experience, but if we are to mature and we are truly His we will have an ear to hear His voice as he calls us to deeper places.

Every journey begins with a departure and ends with a destination, the destination here is Galilee, meaning “circle as in special circuit”.  Jesus was returning to His natural birth place but teaching us a way to arrive at our spiritual home…encircling around the throne in the presence of God. 

Going Your Way Into the City
“True Disciples”

Belief determines behavior.  What does your behavior reflect?  In order to believe one must accept mentally that something is true.  Truth is not based on a feeling nor opinion but an absolute.  Jesus said, “I AM the Truth.”  John’s Gospel states as fact that Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus is the WORD of Truth in the flesh. 
I AM the Way
I AM the Truth
I AM the Life
I AM the self-sufficient one, I AM the road, I AM the absolute, I AM the breath. Prepare to meet your Maker.

The key to becoming a pupil, learner, disciple is preparation.  Creatures taught by their creator.  Our earthly parents are not our creator.  They are simply the vessel used by the Creator to bring His creations into existence.  God formed us in the womb.  God created us in His image.  We are born into this world of sin, possessing a sin nature passed down from Adam.  Naked, helpless and fragile we enter the foreign world with our eyes open and our ears shut.  The preparation begins.  Preparation the work or planning involved in making somebody ready, putting something together in advance.


1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.

John writes Lord-supremacy, title of headship
John preached repentance and prepared the way.  Jesus brought salvation and IS THE WAY.  Jesus made disciples.  Jesus laid the foundation.  The disciples stood upon that foundation and picked up the ministry of Jesus and immersed the world in it. 

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 9:4  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples.)

*Note information in parenthesis is additional, qualifying explanatory remarks*

Jesus made-word denotes a single act

G4160 ποιέω poieō Thayer Definition:
1) to make
1a) with the names of things made, to produce, construct, form, fashion, etc.
1b) to be the authors of, the cause 1c) to make ready, to prepare
1d) to produce, bear, shoot forth 1e) to acquire, to provide a thing for one’s self
1f) to make a thing out of something 1g) to (make, i.e.) render one anything
1g1) to (make, i.e.) constitute or appoint one anything, to appoint or ordain one that
1g2) to (make, i.e.) declare one anything 1h) to put one forth, to lead him out
1i) to make one do something 1i1) cause one to 1j) to be the authors of a thing (to cause, bring about)
2) to do 2a) to act rightly, do well 2a1) to carry out, to execute 2b) to do a thing unto one
2b1) to do to one 2c) with designation of time: to pass, spend
2d) to celebrate, keep 2d1) to make ready, and so at the same time to institute, the celebration of the Passover 2e) to perform: to a promise
Disciples baptized
G907 βαπτίζω baptizō Thayer Definition:
1) to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk)
2) to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one’s self, bathe
3) to overwhelm
Are we dipping repeatedly, immersing, submerging, sinking vessels, cleansing, washing, bathing and overwhelming the world in the gospel?
Preparation begins at the feet of Jesus.  Where is He?  Right where He’s always been  waiting by the well


3 He left Judea and departed unto Galilee.

Leaving praise returning home, coming full circle requires going into the world.

4 And he must needs go through Samaria

Needful pitstop.
G1163 δεῖ dei
Thayer Definition:
1) it is necessary, there is need of, it behooves, is right and proper
1a) necessity lying in the nature of the case
1b) necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct of others toward us.
1c) necessity in reference to what is required to attain some end
1d) a necessity of law and command, of duty, equity
1e) necessity established by the counsel and decree of God, especially by that purpose of his which relates to the salvation of men by the intervention of Christ and which is disclosed in the Old Testament prophecies
1e1) concerning what Christ was destined finally to undergo, his sufferings, death, resurrection, ascension
He must needs……..

Following the path of the Master, Jesus did not take the long way around to avoid the people of Samaria.


5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there.  Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

The place of drunkenness is touched by the Savior.

Eph 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Jesus was wearied WITH his journey.  With his journey implying that the journey itself had not tired him out but the purpose of the journey had wearied him.  He was feeling the weakness of the need so to speak.  He is made perfect in our weaknesses.  He was wearied the Greek word implies he was cut through with the labor pains of the burden and grief of his mission.  So he sat thus on the well of Jacob.  He sat on the well of deception.  The well of the “heel catcher” the supplanter.  The well purchased with 100 pieces of money the equivalent price for 100 lambs yet now possessed by the LAMB OF GOD, BEHOLD THE LAMB.
Interesting facts about Jacob’s well
It’s one of a kind, it’s deep, it’s supplied by living water, it’s authentic.