Wearied as he was from his journey

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. John 4:1-6

John’s Gospel has more verses concerning the divinity of Jesus that the other Gospels but John also shows the humanity of Jesus. It is both the divine and human nature that makes Jesus unique form everyone else who ever walked the earth. Both qualities were needed in order to make the perfect sacrifice to pay the price for the sin in the world.

Today we see the human side of Jesus. He is tired and not just tired Jesus is weary. Weary is one of those great words we just don’t seem to hear as much today. Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines weary as exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness or having one’s patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted. Jesus walked everywhere He went so I would think that the first part of the definition was true. He as very likely exhausted in strength and vigor. But I also think that the second part of the definition fit Jesus during His earthly ministry. I am sure with all the doubters and the constant questioning from the Jewish authorities that Jesus was also had His patience, tolerance and pleasure exhausted.

Jesus felt everything you and I feel. He was tired at the end of the day. He became hungry and thirsty. I imagine His feet got sore. He sweated in the heat and got cold in the winter. He also got frustrated. The same frustration we get when we try to tell someone the truth and they just refuse to accept it. Here was Jesus performing miracles and teaching God’s Word with authority and still so many refused to believe. We saw Jesus tolerance hit the breaking point when He cleansed the Temple.

So many want to cast Jesus as either God or human, they just cannot get their mind around how Jesus could be both. John in his Gospel tells us that Jesus had all the attributes of God and at the same time was also fully human. We are told that with God all things are possible, sometimes we forget.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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