Sermon #1376 Miscellaneous Notes
Title: THE WEARIED SAVIOR
Text: John 4:6
Reading: Hebrews 2:1-18 or Amos 2:6-13; 4:4-13; and 5:4-8, 12-14
Subject: Christ’s Sitting on Jacob’s Well
Date: Sunday Morning – October 31, 1999
Tape # V-51b
Is anyone here weary? – Weary with the trials and temptations which vex your soul? – Weary with the warfare raging in your heart? – Weary with sin? – Is anyone here weary with your labor and toil? – Weary with the heavy burden you carry? -- Weary with this world? – Do I have anyone here who is weary? – I mean tired, worn out, beaten down, exhausted. Is there a weary soul here? If so, I have a message for you today. You will find my text in John 4:6.
What a picture we have before us! Here is our great Savior, the Lord of glory, the Son of God, that One who came to seek and save that which was lost, that One who lived to do his Father’s will, “wearied with his journey.” Let all who are weary and heavy laden look to him.
Proposition: The Lord Jesus Christ was, as a man, as our Savior, wearied with his journey, as he sat upon Jacob’s well.
What does this mean? Why is this fact recorded? What does the Spirit of God intend for us to learn from the fact that our Savior was tired, weary, beaten down, exhausted from the toil and burden of his journey? Obviously, this fact is not recorded to reveal some weakness in our Savior’s character. But this event in the life of our Redeemer was and is intended to teach us that our dear Savior is a real man, a man touched with the feeling of our infirmities.
Divisions: I want to show you four things about our Savior in this message. May God the Holy Spirit be our Teacher, as we look at these four facts revealed in the passage before us.
1. How truly human the Lord Jesus Christ is!
2. Our Lord Jesus Christ is a Savior wearied by man’s sin and unbelief.
3. This wearied Savior came to this place to save a weary sinner.
4. That which refreshed and revived our wearied Savior that day in Samaria and that which now satisfies the travail of his soul is the salvation of sinners.
I. How truly human the Lord Jesus Christ is!
Yet, it is John who seems to go out of his way to show us the real humanity of Christ. Many today, who claim to believe in Christ, deny his true and absolute deity. But in John’s day many, who claimed to believe in Christ, denied his real humanity.
As I have shown you many times, he who is our Redeemer must be both God and man in one glorious person. None but a perfect man could suffer the wrath and judgment of God for man’s sin as our Substitute. None but God could satisfy the infinite wrath and justice of God to put away man’s sin. That God-man, our Substitute, is Jesus Christ, who died, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.
It is written, “God was manifest in the flesh.” However, I am sure that none of us have yet begun to grasp the reality and fulness of our Savior’s manhood. Believers’ seem to have more difficulty grasping the real humanity of Christ than we do in grasping the glorious godhead of our Savior. I know that I do. When I read in the Bible that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator, Sustainer, and Governor of all things, I have no problem at all in saying, “Amen, my Savior is my God.” Yet, I must confess to my shame that, when I read that he was tempted of the devil, that he was troubled in his soul, and that he was weary as a man, my first inclination is to try to explain away the reality of his temptations, troubles, and weariness. In doing so, I dishonor him whom most I long to honor in all things. The humanity of Christ is every bit as necessary to our salvation as his deity, and ought to be every bit as comforting. The fact that our Savior sat upon Jacob’s well as a man wearied with his journey is intended to minister comfort to his people, and is intended to encourage sinners to trust him. Our Savior’s divinity did not, in any way or to any degree, diminish his capacity for suffering as a man.
You might ask, “Why is it that he who raised the dead, multiplied the loaves and fishes, and turned water into wine for the benefit of multitudes did not perform a miracle for himself?” That is a good question.
When he was hungry after forty days of fasting, and Satan tempted him to turn the stones into bread, he certainly could have done so with the greatest of ease. Without question, the water in Jacob’s well would have gushed out of the ground to quench the thirst of the Son of God and relieve his weariness, had he simply willed it. But our Lord Jesus Chris came not to be ministered unto (even by creation), but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many.
If he would be our Savior, if he would stand to his own bond as our Surety, if he would put away sin as our Substitute, it was absolutely necessary that the Lord Jesus Christ endure all the consequences of sin. Therefore, we are told by the Holy Spirit, that our Savior, “being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well.”
A. This weariness was a real weariness.
The word “wearied,” tells us that our Savior was tired; but wearied is a much stronger word than “tired.” This word, “wearied,” means tired, sick, worn out, exhausted, beaten down, burdened. Our Savior was “wearied!”
· Weary with fatigue, from his journey.
· Weary with care for the souls of men.
· Weary with the burden of his heart, the burden he carried throughout the days of his flesh, the fact that soon he must be made sin to put away sin.
This weariness was real, more real than any of us can imagine. Yet,…
B. This was a voluntary weariness.
This was a part of the curse he had come to remove. The consequences of Adam’s fall, the consequences of sin, seized upon him as a man, from the moment that he came forth from the womb, saying, “Lo! I come to do thy will, O my God.”
“All the frailties and infirmities of our poor flesh; all the calamities to which human life is exposed, in the thorns and thistles which the earth is made to bring forth to man, and the dust of death, into which, as Jesus spake by the spirit of prophecy, he knew Jehovah would ring him (Ps. 22:15) these were the very conditions to which the Redeemer subjected himself, in the days of his flesh, when ‘he was made to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.’ Hence, his whole life was a life of weariness, sorrows, and afflictions.” -- Robert Hawker
My brother, my sister, when weariness seems to overwhelm you, look up to Christ. What an example he has given us. Though wearied more than any man,…
· His weariness did not prevent him from continuing in his journey.
· Weariness did not prevent him from pushing forward in his work.
· Weariness did not keep him from doing his Father’s will.
· Weariness did not keep him from serving the needs of a poor, eternity bound sinner.
However, I have no doubt that this text was written by the finger of God to teach us more than this. It was given to give us something more than a proof of our Savior’s humanity. It was given to give us more than an example to follow. Great as these things are, there is more.
II. Our Lord Jesus Christ is a Savior wearied by man’s sin and unbelief.
Hear me now, my friends, and hear me well. You may be indifferent to your sin. Your unbelief may seem to be a little, insignificant thing to you. But, I am here today to tell you that, your sin and unbelief are not matters of insignificance and indifference to God. Our text shows us a picture of the Son of God “wearied with his journey,” his journey through this world as the Savior of the world.
I will leave to imaginary theologians to wrangle and twist about how that fact might appear to be in conflict, or inconsistent with the sovereignty of God and divine predestination. You know that I am not, in the least, bashful about preaching those glorious, gospel truths. But I am not here to tickle men’s ears with theological refinement. I am here to preach the gospel to you. I am here to try, by the preaching of that which is revealed in this blessed Book, to persuade you to come to Christ.
That which I am telling you is not my opinion of things. What I have to say to you is plainly written out upon the pages of Inspiration.
A. The Son of God is wearied with your sin (Isa. 43:24).
You weary the God of heaven with your crimes against him. He says…
B. The Lord of glory is thoroughly wearied with your religion, too (Isa. 1:10-15).
Religious formality, ceremonialism, and ritualism is as nauseating to the holy Lord God as fornication, adultery, and homosexuality. In fact, those are the very things to which he compares all Christless, faithless, religious activity in the first chapter of Isaiah.
C. The Lord God is wearied with all your broken promises.
How often have you been in a tough, dangerous situation, and promised to repent, to trust Christ, to serve him, if he would just deliver you from the trouble, spare your life, or perhaps spare your child’s life? You may pass it off as a light thing; but God doesn’t. He says, “Thou has lied unto me!”
D. You who persist in your rebellion and unbelief, you who stop your ears against the gospel and shut your eyes against the light, shoving God out of your way as you run madly on to hell, weary him by resisting the Holy Ghost.
I am fully aware that the grace of God is irresistible (Ps. 65:4; 110:3). How I thank God for that fact! Were it not for irresistible grace, none of us would ever be saved. Yet, the Word of God holds you accountable, God holds you responsible for resisting his Spirit (Gen. 6:3; Acts 7:51).
Perhaps you are thinking, “If grace is irresistible, if all God’s elect are sure to be saved, if man’s will, or decision, or choice has nothing to do with his salvation, how can you tell us that men resist the Holy Ghost?” I’m glad you asked.
Your will, your choice, your decision has absolutely nothing to do with your salvation; but it has everything to do with your damnation! Just as Israel provoked the Lord for forty years in the wilderness, you who hear, but refuse to believe, the gospel of Christ provoke his wrath. – Just as the Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief, because the Word preached to them did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in Christ, -- Just as Israel could not enter into the land of promise because of unbelief, -- You who believe not, you who refuse the counsel of God shall perish under the wrath of God because of your own, willful, deliberate, chosen, decided unbelief! It is your will that will carry you to hell at last, unless God himself intervenes (Pro. 29:1; 1:23-31).
Now, let me show you, in the third place, that…
III. This wearied Savior came to this specific place, at this specific time, to save a weary sinner.
It is this same Christ, the wearied Savior, who calls sinners to come to him in the most gracious, tender words imaginable. He says,…
Yet, no sinner will ever, of his own accord, come to Christ. Therefore, at the appointed time of love, the Son of God must needs go to the place where he will meet the object of his mercy, love, and grace, to fetch his chosen to himself.
Here is the Christ of God waiting to save a weary sinner who had wearied him with her sin. I do not suggest that this woman was spiritually weary with her sin; but weary she was. No one ever lived such a life as she lived who did not soon become weary with it.
Look away, in your mind’s eye, to that little spot outside Sychar, in Samaria. What do you see in the picture drawn here by the Spirit of God?
Let me tell you what I see in this scene. As I behold the Son of God, sitting thus on Jacob’s well,…
A. I see the Lord of glory waiting to be gracious (Isa. 30:18).
· Waiting for a sinner, a specific sinner!
· Waiting to save!
· Waiting to bless!
B. I see here a God willing to save.
How can anyone doubt Christ’s willingness to save? How can any question the fact that he who is God, the God against whom we have sinned from our youth up, against whom we sin with every breath we draw, is that God of whom the prophet says, “He delighteth in mercy!”
See the Son of God sitting yonder, wearied, yet waiting, on Jacob’s well, because he is a God willing to save! He was watching for her. He had come there to save her. And save her he did! Yes, he was wearied; but as soon as the woman for whom he had come was present, his weariness seemed to vanish. He was enlivened by the very appearance of the object of his everlasting love.
Illustration: A Weary Fisherman Enlivened by a Strike
A Weary Hunter by the Sight of a Deer
Let me show you one more thing, very quickly, and I am done.
IV. That which refreshed and revived our wearied Savior that day in Samaria, and that which now satisfies the travail of his soul is the salvation of sinners.
When the disciples came back from town, the Lord Jesus was still sitting at the well. But, he was no longer thirsty. He seems not to be weary at all. In fact, he appears refreshed, revived, and completely satisfied.
The Master had said to her, “Give me to drink.” And she did. Oh, she did not dip her water pot into the well; but she gave him the water he was seeking. As soon as the Lord Jesus made himself known to her, she believed him. She was what he had come to get; and he was satisfied.
“Hallelujah! What a Savior!”