Jesus responding to Sin – John 4
“16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” John 4:16-18 NIV
As we continue our journey in John 4, we see that when He addresses the Samaritan woman, Jesus turns the attention to the Samaritan woman’s husband. Perhaps one reason Jesus makes the shift here is that there is no true conversion without conviction.
Here we see how Jesus deals with sin.
1 – Jesus revealed her sin.
Aren’t you grateful that although God deals with sin, He does not dwell in our sin? When He encounters the Samaritan woman, Jesus revealed her sin, but He did not revel in it. Jesus shows her both truth and grace. Notice He didn’t go into each detail of her past husbands and what she did wrong in each relationship.
““You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” V 17
2 But Jesus did not revel in her sin.
It can become dangerous when well-meaning followers of Jesus start to revel in the sin of others – talking about it, exploring it, pursuing it. Jesus did not model this for any ministry of the Gospel. He acknowledges that the Samaritan woman is a sinner then moves on.
Think for a moment about those you feel safest disclosing your deepest darkest secrets to. What do you look for in a person to whom you are going to disclose your deepest sin? When we disclose our highly personal moral failures, we typically look for someone who they know will not judge us. The sin will be revealed, but not reveled in.
Jesus is more accepting than your best friend. Not only does He already know everything about you, but He accepts you. The Samaritan woman was open to Jesus because He was not putting her down. He revealed her sin. He did not revel in it. He spoke to her lovingly and kindly.
When Jesus reveals you sin, be comforted to know He doesn’t revel in it. He doesn’t use it to put you down or make you feel bad about yourself. The devil would love for you to revel in your sin. He would love for you to dwell in your sin rather than deal with your sin. Jesus didn’t cast her away because of her sin.
There are times I feel guilty because of sin in my life, in my heart, and in my attitudes. I am reminded today that although Jesus reveals my sin, He does not revel in it. When I begin to revel in my sin, I must recognize those times are attacks of condemnation from the enemy. Thank You Jesus for loving me, a sinner. In Your Amazing name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.