Things Will Not Be Easier

Passage:John 4:1-42

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Category: Suffering

We are continuing in Lent to work through these major conversations of Jesus in the Gospel of John. This Sunday we are brought to Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Often Christianity is presented as a means of making your life easier, or at the least, a means of bringing control into your life - such as with the terrible "Prosperity Gospel". The woman at the well at first also thinks that Jesus' offer of living water will make her life easier. And her response is certainly understandable. But Jesus makes no such promises, to her or to any of his followers. How do we understand this aspect of our faith in the right way, so as to neither have an unrealistic expectation of our Christian lives but neither to fall into despair.