THE HUMAN NATURE OF CHRIST, #23
"And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour." (JOH 4:4-6)
"Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey," brings out the reality of His true human nature. Jesus was just as truly man as He was truly God! Satans desire is for us to overreact and Satan loves overreaction. Either he wants us to see Jesus as God or he wants us to see Him as man, but Satan has vigorously, throughout the generations, attempted to destroy the principle that Jesus is indeed very God and very man.
Especially today, many people will accept that Jesus was a good, moral man, that He was a prophet, and that He said many very profound things as a prophet. Acceptable to scholars is the fact that He had an intellectual process. Theyll say that He was a very wise man, that He had much understanding. They want to see Him strictly as a man.
It was fundamentally important to Jesus, who men and women believed Him to be. To say what Jesus said and to claim what He claimed about Himself, one could not conclude that He was just a good, moral man, nor that He was just a prophet. MAT 16:13-14 says, "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets."
The foolish thing that many people often say about Him is, "Im ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I dont accept His claim to be God." Then on the other side of the principle, there are those who want to say that Jesus is God and completely ignore His human nature. They claim Him to be God only, and they say that theres no other option.
Jesus asked His disciples who He was. "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (MAT 16:15) JOH 3:35-36 says, "The Father loveth the Son [the Son of God], and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." He is the Son of Man, and He is the Son of God. Our text brings out His real, genuine human nature. We have spoken about the divinity of Jesus, His divine nature, and His Godhead. Now we want to see the blessed harmony there is between His Godhead and His real human nature.
Our text says, "Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well." He sat on the well weary, hungry, thirsty, and tired in His human nature. In His Godhead there is no weariness and no hungering and thirsting. This denotes His genuine human nature. He had many trials, and He had the exercise of His faith, and by faith He obeyed the Father in His genuine human nature.
This was necessary because He must be a partaker in our human nature to be able to be our Substitute. If He were not truly man, with a body and a soul, capable of suffering in His body and capable of suffering in His soul, He could not have been our Substitute to bear the punishment we deserved. If He were not truly God, He would not have been able to be perfect, and neither would He have been able to endure what was laid upon Him. It was essential for Him to be God as well as man.
In over-stressing the divine nature of Jesus, we are in danger of overlooking the reality of His true human nature. It is so important for you and me to fully understand the gospel of salvation, so that we rightly understand the human nature of the Son of God. Our blessed Saviour was perfect. He was without sin, yet He was a man! He had a body and a soul. He had the same senses that you and I have. He would become hungry and thirsty. He became tired. He slept. He awoke. He was born a little child. He was subject unto His parents. He grew into a man. He slept as a man, yet He commanded the waves and they obeyed Him. When He was in that human nature, He was also very God at the same time.
MAT 8:24-26 says, "And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. [Our Saviour was very man: He became tired, and weary, and took rest. He was asleep.] And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."
He immediately speaks of being preserved by faith. It was by the faith of Jesus Christ that He was able to command the waves and they obeyed Him. I was reading the Scriptures this morning, and it was so beautiful to see what Jesus said about faith. "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (MAT 17:20) It was the faith of Jesus Christ whereby He commanded and "rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm." In that faith we see His Godhead.
We see what a precious Saviour our Lord is when we begin to realize that He was truly man, so He can so intimately relate to our every weakness. I was in a home one afternoon, and heard two men talking. These two men were obviously from the same background: they were both dairymen. I heard their conversation, and I noticed that they could so intimately relate to each others problems because they had both been there.
The Lord Jesus Christ has been here. He has walked in this vale of tears. He has been persecuted. He has been confronted; He has had the powers of hell come against Him. He has been tempted with every temptation that you and I could ever be tempted with in His human nature. How beautiful it is that He can relate to our weaknesses. He has had a human nature that became hungry, that became tired, that had all the weaknesses and frailties of our human nature.
He can relate so intimately to our every trial because of His human nature. "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." (HEB 2:17-18) If we destroy the aspect of His human nature in our teaching, see how we lose the intimacy of the relationship that we have with Christ.
Another reason it is so necessary that you and I understand His human nature is so that we will get a better understanding of what He suffered for us. We see His suffering, and we understand His true human nature: He was capable of feeling pain, being discouraged, and becoming weary. We see all the trials and all the blasphemies that came against Him. We are able to start to have fellowship in His sufferings. We start to understand what it is that He suffered because we understand His true human nature, and in the things that we suffer (even though they are so minor by comparison to what He suffered), we understand the price He paid. LUK 22:28 says, "Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations."
We get a better feel for His suffering because we know what we suffer when we are mocked, when we are scorned, and when we are put out of peoples company for His names sake. We get a feel for the price He paid for our redemption.
Furthermore, our blessed Saviour has entered the heavens as our High Priest. To be our High Priest, He must have our human nature. He entered the heavens as our High Priest to present His own sacrifice as the atonement for our sins, and He did it with such an intimate knowledge of the power of the temptation and sin for which He came to atone. For Him to be an intimate High Priest, He had to have our human nature. He comes before His Father and His blood is placed on the mercy seat as the atonement for our sins. As He holds up His hands, He shows His Father the scars of the nails as the evidence that He has paid the penalty in full.
He comes before the Father to intercede on our behalf. He can do this with such an intimate knowledge of what that temptation was wherein you and I have fallen because He has felt the power of that temptation in His human nature. "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (HEB 4:14-16)
This makes Him such a special High Priest. It gives Him such special qualities: to be able to enjoy such a sensitive, intimate relationship with His church. He so intimately understands those for whom Hes pleading before His Father, that His Father may forgive the sin that has overcome you and me because He understands the power of that sin.
Isnt that blessed? We can see by faith that we have a High Priest standing before the Father in heaven who can be "touched with the feeling of our infirmities" because He was tempted. He, in our human nature, is able to come before His Father and testify of the power of those sins and what it is to have the powers of sin and of hell come against Him. He has such intimate feeling for our infirmities because of His human nature.
Do you see why it is so important that we understand the human nature of Jesus? It makes such a close-knit family relationship. It is through our Saviours human nature that we are able to come into a family relationship with both Him and His Father.
Turn to EPH 2:18-22. "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." What does it mean, "access by one Spirit?" One mind: we are one in mind, one in purpose. He understands our frailty. He understands so intimately. Now it is by this one Spirit that we both have access unto the Father. He brings us into a family relationship, and we become one with Christ. By this we both have access unto the Father by the same Spirit. Verse 19 says, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone [the chief prophet, and apostle]; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together [we are built together in Christ Jesus] for an habitation of God through the Spirit."
Isnt it precious when we see the oneness of Spirit that we have with Christ and realize that it is in His human nature that He is able to come into such a oneness with our human nature? He was perfect, and He came to atone for and to cleanse us from our sin. You and I are now able to be in one Spirit with Him, for through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
What Spirit is that? It is the Spirit of Christ. Isnt it precious to see the marvelous gifts we have in His human nature? JOH 4:6 says, " Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well." He was not weary of well doing, nor in well doing, but He was weary physically from His journey. If we become weary of well doing, then we become discouraged to the point that we no longer desire to do what is right. Nor is this teaching us that we should become discouraged in well doing. Jesus did not become weary in well doing: He became physically weary. He was not weary of the service He came to do for His Father, but He was weary of the journey. He was weary, hungry, thirsty, tired, and He "sat thus on the well."
The commentators say He was not weary of well doing, but He was weary in well doing. Theyre absolutely wrong, because it says in GAL 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing." Are we going to say that our Saviour was weary in well doing, when were admonished not to be? No, He was not weary in well doing; He was weary in His journey. He was physically tired, hungry, and thirsty. It was the heat of the day. He was only physically weary, which shows His true human nature.
It is blessed to see how the Spirit guarded the glorious nature of Christ therein by revealing His divine nature side by side with His human nature. Here we see Him in His human nature: weary, sitting "thus on the well." JOH 4:15-16 says, "The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither."
See His Divine nature revealed. He said, "Go, call thy husband." He knew she didnt have a husband. He knew she was an adulterous woman and that she was living with a man that was not her husband. He knew this, yet look how graciously He draws this out of her by her own confession. Verses 17-18 say, "The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly."
This reveals His divine nature. This proves that He indeed was the very Son of God. It is one of our great consolations to understand the blessed harmony between Christs human and divine natures. Not only does He fully understand our trials and our temptations as very man, but our every thought as true God. He can so intimately relate to every trial and every temptation we ever experience because of His human nature, but He also understands every thought of our hearts as God.
Remember Christ is THE WORD that was made flesh. HEB 4:12-13 says, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."
It is precious to see that He can so intimately relate to our weaknesses as man, yet in His divine nature, He so thoroughly understands every thought and intent of our hearts. To the wicked that is horrible and will be especially so on the Day of Judgment. Man by nature may think he has hidden whats in his heart, but on the Day of Judgment, all will be revealed; yet to Gods dear people, thats one of the greatest consolations. ROM 7:19 says, "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do." What a blessing it is to know that the Lord reads our hearts. He knows that we hold the law precious within our heart, that it is our desire to do His will, and that we see how the Apostle Paul says in ROM 7:22, "For I delight in the law of God after the inward man."
The Apostle Paul complains, in verse 15, "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that I do not; but what I hate, that do I." Isnt it a blessed consolation to know that the Lord Jesus Christ has a human nature? He understands our weaknesses; He knows why were not able to do what we desire to do and why we do that which we would not. He understands our hearts and He knows that we "delight in the law of God after the inward man."
What a blessed consolation there is to see that perfect harmony between the human nature and the divine nature of our Saviour. He rightly understands the motives of those who make a profession, but do not do the things that He says. MAT 7:26 says, "And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand." Those who make a great profession, but do not obey the Word of God, are like the man who built his house upon the sand.
Now go to verse 24, and the Lord Jesus says, "Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock." Did you know that "building upon a rock" is doing what the Lord commands us to do? If we hear what He says and do not do it, isnt it blessed that He knows our hearts desire, that He knows that "after the inward man" we delight in the will of God?
What a consolation that He knows the hearts desire of those who can say, "I delight in the law of God after the inward man." (ROM 7:22) We see our shortcomings, how we are not doing what we should do, but the Lord looks at the heart. From the heart we do it. In the flesh, in our weakness, were not able to do it. What a privilege it is that we have a High Priest that understands our weaknesses and infirmities. He understands the power of sin, and He can intercede for us and plead our case before the Father.
Our Saviours dialogue with this woman brought her to realize that her heart was naked and open before God. It was open to His divine eye, but what was the effect? Was it a condemnation to her? When you and I come to understand that the Lord knows every thought and intent of our hearts, does this become a condemnation? Is the light a condemnation unto us? (Cf. JOH 3:19-21)
She went out and said, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (JOH 4:29) Her heart had been totally laid naked and open before God and that was a consolation to her. It was a confirmation to her that this was indeed the Christ. It was her consolation, not her condemnation.
The whole gospel of Christ teaches us the principle taught in EPH 5:1-2. This is so precious when we learn to understand it. "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children." Do you know what it means when the gospel tells us to be a follower of God? That word follower, in the original Greek, means "an imitator" of God.
How are we called upon to be imitators of God? Look at verse 2. "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us [When we walk in love, we are imitating Christ.], and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."
We are to be imitators of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Be ye therefore [notice the connecting word therefore] followers of God." We go back to the prior verses and what is there? "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." (EPH 4:30) How do we grieve the Holy Spirit of God? "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice." These are the things that grieve the Holy Spirit of God. "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs sake hath forgiven you." (EPH 4:31-32)
Dont grieve the Holy Spirit by letting bitterness dwell in your heart. Dont let anger and malice and evil-speaking be in your heart. That grieves the Holy Spirit. Be kind one to another, tenderhearted in the Spirit of Christ. If you have not the Spirit of Christ, youre none of His. (Cf. ROM 8:9)
Now lets see the beautiful example Jesus gives us in our text! JOH 4:6 says, "Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour." In this weary, hungry, thirsty, tired condition, He sat "thus on the well." Are we going to be imitators of Christ when we hunger and thirst after righteousness? When we become weary of sin, when we become weary of having a heart with bitterness and hatred, are we going to come and sit "thus on the well?"
In this weary nature, in this longing for consolation, peace and joy, in seeking consolation is in Christ - hungry, thirsty, and weary of our journey - do we come and sit "thus on the well?" I want to show you the meaning of that well. Do we not often become weary as we journey through this waste-howling wilderness, as we "...continue [in our fellowship with Jesus], in [His] temptations."? (LUK 22:28) We are going to have fellowship with Him in His temptations. So where does this lead us? Does our weariness draw us unto the well?
As Jesus prepared the meeting between Himself and this Samaritan adulteress, He proceeded to "Sychar," which means purchased. Are we coming to that purchased well: the place He purchased with His own blood, with His own obedience: the place of rest, of satisfaction, in which our thirst can be quenched? Does our weariness lead us to this place that He has purchased?
As He revealed her deep souls need, He sat on the "well" which is a figure of Himself. Where did He meet with her? Sitting upon the well in that weary condition. See from Scripture that the well is the symbol of the Lord Jesus Christ. When you and I become weary, do we come for consolation to the well? Is that where our weariness brings us?
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." (ISA 12:2-3) Out of the wells of salvation is where we draw our consolation. This word wells is taken from the Hebrew word ma yan, which means a fountain or a source of satisfaction. We come to sit "thus," in our weary condition. We come for consolation to a source of satisfaction: to the well, a fountain.
Follow this through because its very important we understand the absolute authority of Scripture to make the statement that the well is the type of Christ. This same word ma yan is translated as "fountain" in PSA 114:8. "Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters." It is the same word in the original Greek: it comes through as the word "fountain." This place of satisfaction is in that fountain of waters that came forth from the flint, from the rock.
This flint which was turned into a "fountain of waters," or a source of satisfaction, is what we read of in 1CO 10:4. "And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." This fountain is translated as a source of satisfaction. Are we weary and heavy-laden? Are we hungering and thirsting after righteousness? Are we weary of our journey in this waste-howling wilderness, that our only rest is to sit upon the well, upon that one source of satisfaction, the Lord Jesus Christ?
Our text says, "Now Jacob's well was there," in Sychar, meaning "purchased." Jacobs well was in that place that was purchased; where Christ purchased this satisfaction with His own blood. "Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey [He was not weary in well doing. He was not weary in obeying His Fathers commands, but He was weary physically. He was weary within Himself. His hunger and His thirst and His tiredness, and the heat of the day and the mental strain from being rejected no matter where He went - all of this had brought Him to physical weariness], sat thus on the well."
Ive had several people talk to me this past week, all making reference to how Satan and his temptations were driving them to their wits end, and they had become so weary. It was a blessing to see how, in each case, there was such consolation when their eyes were fixed on Christ as the one and only source of satisfaction, the only source of rest. They were brought to see the blessedness of sitting upon the well. In their weariness, in their trials, Christ becomes their only satisfaction.
Our blessed Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, is crying unto you and me today as we become weary in our wilderness journey, as we see in MAT 11:28-30. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Do we understand what it is to be so weary that we are longing for rest? He said, "Come unto me and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me." Be my imitator. Learn from me. Learn from my example. We must follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ. In His weary condition, He went and sat "thus on the well." You and I must come unto Him "and learn of [Him]; for [He is] meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." He says to come and learn that Spirit of Christ. Learn to walk in the footsteps in which He has walked. "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
We come to serve Him, and serving Him becomes so easy. Do you know why its so easy to do the will of God? It is not grievous; it is our chief delight. When grace has been worked in our heart, it becomes our highest pleasure to do the will of God. That well whereon Jesus sat means a place where satisfaction is found. When we are weary we must imitate Jesus! "...being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well." You and I must learn what it is, when we are weary, to come and rest our cares upon the Lord Jesus Christ, so that we come and sit "thus on the well." In this weary condition, in these trials, and in our worry over our journey through this waste-howling wilderness, we come to our only source of satisfaction, that fountain that was opened for all sin and uncleanness. That fountain is the only place we can be cleansed from these sins which make us so weary.
When Hagar was cast out, and fled from her mistress into the wilderness, she sat down and lifted up her voice and wept. She had no courage left. She had left her little son under a bush and walked off a stones cast. She sat there and lifted up her voice and wept. She was weary and thirsty. Her little son was dying of thirst. Then we read in GEN 21:19, "And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink."
What a blessing it is when we are weary, when we feel like were fainting and dying of thirst, that the Lord opens our eyes to see that well of water. There is such an abundant fountain in the Lord Jesus Christ - not only to wash us and cleanse us from all our sin, but to strengthen, to encourage us, and to give us the refreshment to go on. " she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink." When our eyes are opened to see the fountain that there is in Christ, then were also given the strength to go forth and to fill our bottle with water, drink, and give others drink.
What did the woman of Samaria do? She not only drank, but she went out to the men of the city and said, "Come, see a man." (JOH 4:29) She went out to give others drink. She went out to proclaim the wonder of salvation that she had found for her own soul. This is so typical of the sinners path in our wilderness journey.
First, we see Hagar as an outcast whose water was spent. She had only one bottle; her situation was typical of the condition of the prodigal son. GEN 21:14 says, "And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba."
She left with a bottle of water, but it was spent. We find that our strength is soon spent, and we have to come back and cry and weep as did the poor woman in the wilderness. Then, her eyes were opened, and she saw the well, and that well became a fountain of living waters that was never spent.
Thats what the Lord Jesus told the woman of Samaria. He said that if she would receive the waters that He gave her, she would become a fountain of living waters. JOH 4:10 says, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." These are living waters.
Second, as with the prodigal son, when her source of comfort was spent, she was in want. This is the way it is with you and me. When we can go no further in our own strength, and are in want, then we turn to that well. GEN 21:15-16 says, "And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept." She was so overwhelmed with her sorrow, and she had no hope: she was in total despair. Thats when the Lord opened her eyes to see the well.
Third, when Gods people have spent all their own sources of comfort and rest, the Lord brings them to themselves. We come to realize we are feeding on the husks which the swine have left. Then God will open our eyes to see the only source of true comfort. GEN 21:17-19 says, "And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink." The source of consolation for that woman was in that well. Thats what you and I have to see as the source of our consolation, the source of all comfort.
Fourth, the well was there all the while. The Lord Jesus Christ has been there all the while. It is not until our eyes are opened to look to Him that we start receiving the benefits of His presence. By nature of the fall, it isn't until we come into want that we will look unto Christ in spiritual want. JOH 3:14-15 says, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
It isnt until we are sick that we need a physician; nor was it until the Israelites were bitten that they were commanded to look unto the brazen serpent. Until we understand the sting of sin, there is no preaching of "look unto Jesus," because we feel no need for a physician.
The message of looking unto Jesus is not preached unto those who have never learned to see that they need Jesus. NUM 21:5 says, "And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread."
What does it mean, "this light bread?" That was manna. Christ was the manna, and in an unregenerate state, we loathe Christ! They were coming against God and Moses, and they were saying, "All we have is this light bread, and our souls loathe this light bread!" They saw no preciousness in Christ. There is no preaching of Christ to such a people: they trample it under their feet; they loathe it! Where do we have to begin? We have to preach repentance.
These people were not even told to look unto the brazen serpent until they saw death written upon their own attitude. NUM 21:6 says, "And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."
They had to receive the bite to see their need of a physician. They had to receive their understanding of the sting of sin. Repentance comes before a pardon. NUM 21:7 says, "Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people."
Do you understand repentance? First we realize the sinfulness of sin; then we turn from sin and come pleading for the Lord to deliver us from the power of sin. It was this felt need of deliverance that brought about their change of attitude. As long as they were mocking God and Moses, saying, "We loathe this light bread," the Lord did not place that light bread before them to trample, as pearls before swine. It was this felt need for deliverance that brought about their change of attitude and made them proper candidates to have Christs atonement preached unto them.
NUM 21:8-9 says, "And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live." The symbol of Christ is set before them. The command: look and live. "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass [When he obeyed, when by faith he turned and looked unto Christ.] he lived."
The Lord wants obedience, and it was in the way of obedience that the miracle was performed. Until we become weary of sin in this waste-howling wilderness, we will never become imitators of Christ. You and I will never become imitators of Christ as long as we have pleasure in sin. JOH 4:6 says, "Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well."
When you and I learn what it is to become weary of our journey, we will come and sit "thus on the well." "Thus," in our weary condition, we will come to the source of satisfaction. As we learn to know the weariness of our journey, we will find Christ is the only real place of rest. MAT 11:28 says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
He doesnt say, "Come unto me, all ye that are enjoying the pleasures of sin in this world." No, He calls those who are weary, those who are heavy laden, those who are laboring under the load of sin. He says, "Come unto me and I will give you rest."
The expression, Now Jacob's well was there, is also significant in that it was purchased by Jacob with the parcel of land he bought from Shechems father, as recorded in GEN 33:18-19. Our text says, "Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar." (JOH 4:5) This word Sychar means "purchased." What a well-chosen and suitable place for Jesus to speak to the adulterous woman about the gift of Gods dear Son.
This word Sychar means "purchased," but not by any works that we have done. We must learn to understand that the purchase price was nothing less than the atonement of Christ. It was that blessed purchase price that is clearly told of in PHI 2:8. There is so much taught about the cross of Christ, the blood of Christ, but how did He purchase our salvation? Christ appeased Gods wrath by His blood, but do you know how He purchased our salvation unto eternal life? Read it in PHI 2:8. "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
It was His obedience unto death whereby He purchased our salvation. In the way of obedience, He gave His lifes blood. The Father looked upon that precious blood of Christ and could accept it as our atonement because it was given in the way of humble obedience. There is only one way that you and I can ever have salvation imparted to our souls, and that is when the Lord brings us in the way of humble obedience unto Himself, looking unto Jesus as the only source of our salvation. It is by looking unto Christ in the way of humble obedience that the miracle of salvation takes place.
Before Christ really becomes a fountain of living waters to our soul, our heart of flint must be broken. Thats what we read in PSA 114:7-8. "Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob; Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters." Our text says, "Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well." (JOH 4:6) Amen.
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