Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. (John 4:6)
He Really Is Like Me
He can walk on water, raise the dead, heal any disease, cast out unclean spirits and refute the wisest of any ruler and yet He gets tired. The Son of God felt fatigue. Jesus had worked Himself into a state of needing to rest from a full day. Sitting down at Jacobs well He just wanted to sit and let His body take some ease. He was bone tired. Exhausted. The disciples left to go into the city leaving Jesus alone for some much needed respite. A woman from Samaria comes and her story takes center stage but go back and read again that Jesus was wearied. He really is like me.
Isn’t that great to think that God’s Son experienced what it is like to be tired? Jesus loved, cried, got angry, and became hungry and thirsty and probably laughed about something in life. He really is like me in every way. The Hebrew writer reminds me that Jesus had to become like me to die for me that I could live in Him. Jesus was a man. He came into the world through the womb of Mary, learned how to walk, listened to the stories of old from Joseph and Mary and learned to work in his father’s occupation of carpentry. He was taught how to spell, multiply and divide and the history of the Jewish people. Temptation confronted Him daily and that is what set Him apart from being exactly like me. He never sinned. But He felt that sting of temptation and resisted.
As we begin our day today let’s put our minds in the focus of who Jesus was. He was just like us and had to endure the same challenges of life we do. This will be a great week to serve God because we know we have a King who has ‘lived in our skin and yet without sin.’ He felt the issues of life like me and like you. Sorrow filled His heart when someone died; laughter came from His mouth when Mary said something funny. My Savior died for me so that I can see Him for who He really is: just like me and by His example I can overcome anything. If He can do it – so can I!
The immanent Spiritual Life of God focalized in a human personality. (Peter T. Forsyth, Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind, 1907)