May 02, 2016

“Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John  (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), He left Judea and went away again into Galilee. And He had to pass through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.” – John 4:1-6

Most of you have probably heard or seen a show called “Storytellers.”  It’s an insider look at musicians and the story behind their songs. It’s a really good show (yes, I watched one) and gives insight into the musician’s heart and life experiences as they tell their stories through music.

Well, meet the Master Storyteller. His name is Jesus.  Today’s devotion is the first in a small series on the subject of the Master Storyteller.  If you read today’s Scripture and had a storyboard handy, you might picture Jesus sitting on a rock, and He’s dog-tired. “So, Jesus being wearied from His journey…” He is flat worn out.  I have to stop here and tell you that I have a hard time realizing there’s a “tired” Jesus in the Bible.  We understand the Jesus who teaches about love, who performs miracles, raises people from the dead and casts out demons.  We understand powerful Jesus. But tired Jesus?

Back to the storyboard.  Tired Jesus comes up and sits down next to us and says something like, “I know. Believe Me, I know what it’s like to be hot and tired and worn out.”  In fact in Hebrews 4:15, it says this: “We have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses.” It’s a really cool thought to think that even in being tired, Jesus can sympathize with us.  Because while Jesus was all God, He was certainly still all man.

Tomorrow, we’ll move on with the story, but for today, let’s just be really thankful that we serve a Savior who truly understands the difficulties of life.  Even when it’s just being tired.

(Adapted from sermon by Thomas Nelson)