Talk about your encounter of the divine kind. One on one with God incarnate. Learning about living water. Being offered springs that well up to eternal life. Finding out, up close and personal, what it’s like to encounter omniscience. Discovering there’s no changing the conversation, yet being so intrigued you’re not sure you want to. Realizing there’s no place to hide, but somehow sensing that, with this Man, it was still safe to be fully known. Wanting to talk about Messiah in theory and then being told that the One you’re debating theology with is Him. Mind-blowing! That’s what Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan women is, it’s mind-blowing!
But my “wow factor” this morning came not from the wondrous way Jesus made Himself known to this woman, but the why of their encounter in the first place. Jesus was weary.
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. Jacobs well was there; so Jesus, wearied as He was from His journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. . .
(John 4:3-7 ESV)
Jesus, wearied as He was from His journey, sat by the well. Chew on that for bit.
He who was in the beginning with God, being God, was weary. He who is the Creator, having made all things, was tired. The One who is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact imprint of His nature, able to uphold the universe by the power of His word, was exhausted–having run out of gas. The eternal Intercessor who stands at the right hand of God, had to sit down by a well. Fatigued, He just wanted a bit of water for Himself.
What was it for Jesus, the Son of God, to take on flesh? To be born in the likeness of men? To let go of His “God form” and be found in human form? To divest Himself of His glory and humble Himself? To be wearied as He was?
I get the concept of Immanuel, God with us. But I don’t know that I can fully appreciate what it was for God to become man in order that man might be reconciled with God.
It was necessary so that He might taste death for all of Adam’s race who owe a debt they cannot pay. Necessary that the Righteous give His life in exchange for the unrighteous. But beyond that, flesh was more than just a form that Jesus needed to take on in order to achieve a goal. With it came all the feelings and experiences that go with being a mere mortal. Wearied as He was, He sat down and asked for a glass of water.
Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, . . . For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, . . .
(Hebrews 2:17a, 4:15a ESV)
Wearied as He was, He thirsted. And He would shed tears at a friend’s death. And He would know physical pain. And He would be subject to shame. And He would experience the reality of being forsaken. And He would be humbled to the point of death, even death on a cross. It’s all a reminder of what the Son of God entered into that He might make known God’s love for us.
O what a Savior!
And because He faithfully endured, wearied as He was, we can too. Our thirst satisfied by His living water. Our weakness empowered by His indwelling Spirit. Our weariness revived by His forever promises.
Wearied as He was, He loved us.
Wearied as we might be, we love Him.
By His grace. For His glory.