Jesus Grew Tired

Scripture: John 4:6, ‘Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.’


Observations: Jesus and his disciples have been baptizing people in the countryside, but the Pharisees have found out, and so Jesus decides to return to Galilee (v1-3). However, he decides to go through Samaria (v4). And John tells us that Jesus was tired from the journey, and so he sits down by Jacob’s well near the town of Sychar. It’s so easy to forget that Jesus was a person just like us, a person that became tired. Jesus’ feet became sore, his eyes grew heavy, his muscles ached, and he needed sleep just like the rest of us. Jesus needed to eat and drink just like we do (although he considered opportunities to do his Father’s work as more important – see v31-34). It’s interesting that Jesus even allowed others on occasion to serve him, after all he sends his (probably as equally tired) disciples into Sychar for some food. The point of all this is that God knows what it is like to be a real person. Not only did he create us, but he also became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ.


Application: Firstly, it’s okay to get tired and need rest. It’s okay to get hungry and need food. Don’t over-spiritualize life, God created us as living being with legitimate needs. And God understands that, after all Jesus had those same needs. And that’s the second thing we need to remember, Jesus knows what we’re going through, not just because he knows everything, but also because he’s experienced what it is to live on this earth. Jesus empathizes with us. Jesus knows what it’s like to be tired, to feel pain, to be frustrated, or angry. You can tell Jesus exactly how you feel knowing that he’s felt it too and he cares for you.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, it’ so easy to forget that You know exactly what it’s like to be a person. It’s so easy to forget that Jesus really lived and experienced life just like we do. Lord, help me to be honest with You about what’s going on in my life. Give me wisdom in how to balance things and how to deal with the myriad of things that come up day to day. Lord, may I live like Jesus lived, may I honour You in everything that I do, in word, deed, or thought. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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