Summary: What does it mean when God (Jesus) sits?
WHEN JESUS SITS
As a father, I have had moments in the lives of my
children that I was so overwhelmingly proud of them I did not know what to do or how to act. As I think back on these special memories, I recall doing something that almost seemed inappropriate for the moment.
What I was beholding called for standing to my feet while applauding with cheers. However, I was so overwhelmed at their success and filled with such powerful emotions of pride, I simply sat and took in all of the moment I could. Perhaps to onlookers, it may have been perceived that I was not supportive. Perhaps to my children, it may have been thought that I was disinterested. But, nothing could be further from the truth! I remained seated because my heart was so full of joy its weight would not allow me to stand!
When you think of the life and ministry of Jesus, you find a life that was busy from sunrise to sunset. For three and a half years, He made the most of time and life. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of life, I find it interesting that his observers often noted that Jesus sat down.
It’s interesting to notice how this posture plays out in Jesus’ earthly ministry. I was interested to see just how often in the gospels Jesus is sitting down on the job.
His sitting were more than moments to gather His breath and rest. When you take a closer look at those special times, in His sitting some very special messages were being conveyed.
There are moments in life where it appears the Lord is responding to us out of character. In times when we expect, if not almost demand, that He stand, He chooses to remain seated.
On a stormy sea, the disciples accused Him of not caring because He had not arose. Often in our journey with the Lord, His support does not come through the means of applause, but rather through His seated glances. When Jesus chooses to remain seated, He may be motionless, but He is not without message! What does it mean when Jesus sits down?
I. When Jesus sits, it is an action of tender compassion.
In John 4, Jesus is walking at the hottest part of the day when the majority of people were seeking shelter from the heat. Verse 6 then sets the stage, "Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well..." He knew a woman with a failed past would be coming back to this old well. However, what she drew that day was fresh waters of love and forgiveness.
At midday, six hours after sunrise, and with very little if any shade, the heat of the sun would have been intense. It was customary for travelers to rest during this period, but a compelling urgency had driven Christ toward His destination. Without food and water, dusty, perspiring, tired, the Lord arrived at the well where He sat to wait the coming of a woman.
A. Necessary way (4)
The Jews avoided whenever possible, contact with the despised Samaritans and preferred to take the longer route than to journey among people they dest4ed. However, Christ must go through Samaria to meet this woman at the well.