Alternate Endings

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“Embracing the responsibility to lead everyday people to new life and new possibilities."

Throughout the ages, God has been flipping scripts and changing the course of the human experience. The Bible is filled with the true stories of men and women who discover an alternate ending--a new beginning, new live and new possibilities--in Christ. You, too, can choose an alternate ending. Your story isn’t over. New life & new possibilities are for you!

John 4:1-4 - Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way.

As we learned during Culture Wars, Jews never had to go through Samaria.
This was a divine appointment.

John 4:5-7a - Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water…

No one else came at this time. She was hiding. Avoiding.

John 4:7b - and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”

It’s a trap. He’s setting her up.

John 4:8-10 - He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

The script is about to get flipped!

John 4:11-13 - “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 

I wonder, are you thirsty today?
Have you come to church full of shame? Desperately seeking to fill a void?
You’ve tried everything else. You’ve tried sex, you’ve tried alcohol, you’ve tried drugs, you’ve tried padding your bank account, you’ve tried bigger and better, and yet… you're thirsty!

John 4:14 - [Jesus continued] But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Here’s the point: We keep going back to the wrong wells.

John 4:15 - “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

Hoping to avoid awkward situations.

Shame will drive you to try to fill a void in your life that can only be filled by the Word of God. Shame will make you forget who you really are.

John 4:16-18 - “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”

This woman had no plans for running into Jesus and I’m sure her heart sank as soon as she saw a man sitting there beside the well.
It’s at this point that we realize that this story isn’t about Jesus being thirsty--it’s about a woman who has been unable to quench her thirst.

Most of us have grown up to assume that life is always going to be this way (pain, misery, disappointment, etc.)
We’ve forgotten that failure is the sign of a life well lived.
We’ve allowed our lives to be defined by the size of our bank accounts, failed plans and dreams, etc.

Proverbs 14:12 - There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
John 4:25-26 - The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah!”

Jesus sits down in the middle of this woman’s mess and flips the script. She came for water, carrying her shame, embarrassment, disappointment, doubt, unsatisfaction with life, frustration with relationships, and runs headlong into the author of new life and new possibilities.

John 4:28-30 - The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

Jesus flips the script.
The woman’s story is not over--it’s an alternate ending.

Jesus flipping the script means...

  • Dead → Life
  • Lost → Found
  • Broken → Restored
  • Bondage → Freedom
  • Mess → Message
  • Test → Testimony
  • Sinner → Saint
  • Trial → Triumph
  • Victim → Victor

Your life doesn’t have to end this way. It’s time to choose an alternate ending. It’s time to flip the script.

Matthew 10:39 - If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

It doesn’t make sense, but flipping the script often seems counter-intuitive.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!