Let's take a look at the state Jesus was in when he sat down by the well. If we really understand the position of Jesus, it will tell us much about who He is. In John chapter 4, it says that Jesus sat down by the well because he was tired from travelling; "wearied" is the actual word. To me, wearied is a little more than tired. When I think of Jesus as being God and being man, I tend to discount Him being man and supposedly suffering like us. If He was fully God too then He could never understand us like Scripture states, so I surmised. I have always thought "He was never a woman, only lived thirty-three years, was God, what did He know really?"
But in Phillipians 2, Paul says that Jesus laid aside His Godness so that He could feel and know us. So when John states that He was weary then we know that Jesus was physically worn out. Why is this useful information? Because it takes us one step closer to trusting Him. If He really did give up all the benefits of being God and lived His life fully human then He does understand how I feel. He does know how it is, in whatever moment that I find myself in. I can trust Him to get it, to get me.
No wonder He had to constantly go spend time with the Father. No wonder He understood how important the Holy Spirit is to live life on this earth well. Plus, can you imagine the suffering he was under to sweat blood? I am not sure we can ever understand what all happened on the cross or what giving up his Godness for us meant for Him but the more we know of Him, the more we will know His love.
Next week... I will discuss what Jesus means when He says "the gift of God". I always thought it was salvation but it's not. It's the reason for salvation.
Michelle Gill is a writer, barista, trail walker sometimes runner, disc golfer's wife, Jesus lover, book collector, mama, and old house explorer. Learn more about her story on her website www.rebornjoy.com.
Sometimes the Spirit will take me to the same passage in the Bible over and over. Sometimes I don't have to words to pray but I find a Psalm or other chapter that is my prayer. The Word is powerful and alive and real as it is, but somehow the sound of my voice reading it to Him, to myself, and believing it moves my spirit and His.
Psalm 91 has been my chapter lately and this is how I wrote it in my journal to read each day as a prayer:
"I who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!' For it is You Who delivers me from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. You will cover me with Your pinions. And under Your wings I will seek refuge; Your faithfulness is a shield and bulward. I will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; of the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it shall not approach me. I will only look on with my eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. For I have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, my dwelling place. No evil will befall me, nor will any plague come near my tent. For You will give Your angels charge concerning me, to guard me in all my ways. They will bear me up in their hands, that I do not strick my foot against a stone. I will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent I will trample down."
God responds, "Because you have loved Me, therefore I will deliver you; I will set you securely on high, because you have known My name. You will call upone Me, and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble; I will rescue you and honor you. With a long life I will satisfy you and let you see My salvation."
Michelle Gill is a writer, barista, trail walker sometimes runner, disc golfer's wife, Jesus lover, book collector, mama, and old house explorer. Learn more about her story on her website www.maceyhollow.com.
By Michelle Gill