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HOW JESUS WON MEN

HOW JESUS WON MEN

HOW JESUS WON MEN

 

By JOHN CHOPORES

 

Jesus wins a society man

(John 3:1-2 KJV)

(1) There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: (2) The same came to Jesus by night,...

 

††††† "Jesus as Nicodemus Approached"

I. How He won a man at the top of Society.

1. " Jesus met him on his own ground". Nicodemus came in the night. "He did not rebuke him for lack of courage, but responded to his inquiry in a friendly and hospitable way."

2. Jesus was courteous in His response. Nicodemus was a cultured and learned sinner. But still a sinner in need of God.

3. Jesus welcomed the interview about soul matters.

4. Jesus was patient with any true inquirer.


††††† What happened in the interview

1. Nicodemus was the inquirer. He made the approach and was the aggressor all through the interview.
2. "He in a dignified, reverent way recognized the spiritual authority of Jesus as a great teacher come from God." Jesus had made a profound impression on him.

JOH 3:2 ... and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. (KJV)

††††† You will notice that, Nicodemus said, "we know", he was not the only teacher who knew Jesus was from God! The miracles that Jesus did, were a witness of the fact.

††††† The method used.
1. Jesus went at once into the realm of the soul. His message was to the point and directed toward the need.

JOH 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

2.He revealed the doctrine of the new birth.

(John 3:3-7 KJV)

(3) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (4) Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? (5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and {of} the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.


3.Jesus went straight to man's need.
4. Jesus brushed aside all religious traditionalism.

JOH 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? (KJV)

 

5. Jesus emphasized the need to make a chance.

JOH 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever[1] believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)

[1] pisteuo, "be persuaded, to rely upon, to trust; ... The n.t. conception of faith is (i) a fully convinced acknowledgment, (ii) a self-surrendering fellowship, (iii) a fully assured and unswerving confidence. ... with ...[eis], unto or into, implying direction towards the object of faith, to give one's self up to" [BULLINGER. PAGE. 95.].

 

 

(John 3:1-2 KJV)

(1) There was a man of the Pharisees, named[1] Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: (2) The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him,[2] Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou[3] doest, except God be with him.

[1] Nikodemos, "victorious among his people" [STRONG'S. #3530.].

[2] hrabbi, "Rabbi, ... a title of honour in the Jewish schools, my master" [BULLINGER. PAGE. 619.].

[3] present indicative active, the "present indicative asserts something which is occurring while the speaker is making the statement" [CWSNT. PAGE. 857.].

JOH 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him,[1] Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)

[1] amen, "trustworthy; adv. surely" [STRONG'S #281.], "ture, certain, faithful;... truly, certainly, surely" BULLINGER. PAGE. 845.].

JOH 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a[1] master of Israel, and[2] knowest not these things? (KJV)

[1] didaskalos, "teacher, a master or a teacher of scholars or disciples" [BULLINGER. PAGE.484.].

[2] ginosko, "to perceive, observe, obtain a knowledge of or insight into. It denotes a personal and true relation between the person knowing and the object known, i.e. to be influenced by one's knowledge of the object, to suffer one's self to be determined thereby" [BULLINGER. PAGE. 434.].

 

 

II. Jesus wins a scarlet woman.
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A LOOK AT THIS WOMAN

1. She was a Samaritan. The Samaritans were hated by the orthodox Jews.

JOH 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews[1] have no dealings with the Samaritans. (KJV)

[1] The Greek word for "have ... dealings" is, sugchromai, it means "to use with another, to have in common use, hence, to have dealings or intercourse with any one" [BULLINGER. PAGE. 207.], present indicative middle, the "present indicative asserts something which is occurring while the speaker is making the statement" CWSNT. PAGE. 857.].

 

2. She was living a sinful life.

JOH 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. (KJV)

3. She was poor.

4. "She was full of traditionalism." [WON.].

JOH 4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob,... (KJV)

JOH 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain;... (KJV)


5. "A physical need had brought her in touch with her spiritual opportunity for the remedy of her sins. She came for water." [WON.].

JOH 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (KJV)


6. She had a lingering hunger for truth. "All the teachings of her fathers had not quite satisfied her soul." [WON.].

 

7. She was looking for the Messiah.

JOH 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias[1] cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. (KJV)

[1] present indicative middle, the "present indicative asserts something which is occurring while the speaker is making the statement" CWSNT. PAGE. 857.].

†††††
††††† The Method He used.

1. "He made the approach by asking her to give him drink. He opened the way." [WON.]

JOH 4:7 ... Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (KJV)

 

2. "He establish mutual interest. He made the point of contact"... [WON.].

 

3. He aroused her spiritual interest by arousing her racial curiosity and concern.

 

4. "He made no reply to her appeal to racial prejudice but went straight to the heart of her need. Jesus refused to be side-tracked by side issues"...[WON.]

 

5. "He used water, its need to physical life, to point her to the need and the supply of the spiritual life." [WON.]

(John 4:13-14 KJV)

(13) Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: (14) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 

6. This [number 5] lead to the decision to try to get some of this spiritual water!

JOH 4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. (KJV)

 

7. The objective of Jesus was to create Spiritual hunger.

8. "Jesus did not accuse her. He led her to confession of her sins and this was artful." [WON.]

(John 4:16-19 KJV)

(16) Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. (17) The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: (18) For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. (19) The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

 

 

9."She raised a doctrinal question as to the place of worship. He answered her by giving her universal truth"...[WON.]

(John 4:20-24 KJV)

(20) Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. (21) Jesus saith unto her, Woman,[1] believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. (22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. (23) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (24) God {is} a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship {him} in spirit and in truth.

[1]pisteuo, "be persuaded, to rely upon, to trust; ... The N.T. conception of faith is (i) a fully convinced acknowledgment, (ii) a self-surrendering fellowship, (iii) a fully assured and unswerving confidence." [BULLINGER. PAGE. 95.].

 

10. "This is probably the first time Jesus revealed himself as Messiah." [WON.]

 

11. She trusted Him, and turning from sins, she became an evangel of Life.

(John 4:28-29 KJV)

(28) The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, (29) Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

JOH 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city [1]believed on him for the saying of the woman, which [2]testified, He told me all that ever I did. (KJV)

[1] pisteuo, "be persuaded, to rely upon, to trust; ... The N.T. conception of faith is (i) a fully convinced acknowledgment, (ii) a self-surrendering fellowship, (iii) a fully assured and unswerving confidence." [BULLINGER. PAGE. 95.].

[2] martureo, "to be a witness, bear witness; to be able and ready to attest anything that one knows, and therefore, to state with a certain degree of authority, (usually for something); and hence, to confirm or prove, to witness in favour" BULLINGER. PAGE. 766.].

 

 

None too bad for the Gospel

Luke 7: 36 ∂ And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.

37And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,

38And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

39Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

41There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

42And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

43Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

44And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

45Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

46My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?

50And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

 

Please note that Jesus let her come to Him, and act out her faith! She had great sins, He had great love!

From this story, we learn many things.

We learn that:

1.        Jesus is the friends of all repentant sinners, small and great!

2.        Jesus can and will save all who come to Him in repentant.

3.        That Christ will accepts gifts from sinners, if it is part of their repentants.

4.        Jesus is here making it clear that all of the worlds outcasts can come to Him.

5.        Jesus gives us an example, in how to win souls. We need to wellcome all, to the Gospel!

 

Winning souls from afar

John 4:46So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

47When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

48Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

49The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

50Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.

51And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.

52Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.

53So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

54This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.

 

 

There are three cases.

1.        The noblemanís son. The nobleman had great faith!

2.        The centurionís servant.

3.        The daughter of the Syrophoenician woman.

 

From these we can learn:

1.        Jesus healed to save the body and soul! His healings showed His love, as well as His power. He gave all glory to God the Father. So, too we need to give all glory to God.

2.        In the case of the nobleman, his whole family got saved!

3.        With the case of the Syrophoenician woman, her faith was so great, that Jesus praised it!

4.        The same happen in the case of the centurion.

5.        These cases show that the power of God, is not limited by space.

 

 

Jesus and the rich ruler

 

Matt. 19: 16 ∂ And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

23 ∂ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

 

Jesus and the rich ruler

What was the young ruler, like?

1.        Young, with all his full ambition, and physical strength, at its Peak!

2.        He was very rich. We do not know, but he may have made the money, himself.

3.        As a ruler, he had position and power.

4.        He seem to be a man of high morals. He said that he had kept the commandments from his youth up.

5.        He was after eternal life. He had probably heard of the miracle-power, moral life and teaching of Jesus!

6.        He came to Jesus for truth.

7.        He kept the Ten Commandments. So, he was probably was brought-up in a devout Jewish home.

8.        We see, from what happen, that he love wealth!

 

How Jesus handed him.

 

1.        Jesus was a gentleman, and used courtesy. He answered all his questions.

2.        He got right into the heart of things. He talked about holy living..He stared with the outward, and later went into heart matters.

3.        Jesus went beyond the outward, and into the inner life.

4.        Jesus went to the manís greatest love-wealth! And told the man the price! Which is, everything!

5.        The young man, would not pay the price, so, he did not get this eternal Life!

 

So then, how can we win the rich?

 

1.        Show them that you are interested in them.

2.        Look for the real issues not their smoke screens.

3.        When you find their real needs. Talk to that.

4.        Also, if you reach people near to them that, can help!