Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
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- March 27, 2020
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|5th Sunday in Lent||March 29,2020|
|THEME:||IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST|
|SUB-THEME:||The Humanity of Christ (5)|
|TOPIC:||Human Nature -2: Tiredness|
|TEXTS:||Mark 6:30-32; John 4:1-8|
Mark 6: 30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
John 4: 1-8: Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
- To show that in His incarnation, Jesus experienced tiredness
- that there is a time to work and a time to rest
Tiredness is something every human tends to experience no matter how physically strong one might be. Our Lord Jesus got tired at some point in the course of His moving from one place to another, preaching the gospel. Jesus was conscious of His human nature and thus never overworked Himself as He sometimes took time off to rest. Our study today will help us appreciate this vital aspect of His human nature.
- What is tiredness? Discuss the factors that can predispose us to tiredness. 2Sam 17:29
- From our key texts, discuss the evidence that Christ was tired at some points in His earthly life and Ministry.
- What can we learn from Jesus’ command to His disciples inMark6:31?
- Discuss ways in which you can assist your local Pastor to have a relaxed mind and a healthy body so as to have a robust ministry.
The body is simply made up of flesh and blood, bone and tissues. When these are not properly serviced – just like the parts of a car, they will pack up. As a minister, learn to create a time of rest for yourself and as a parishioner, consider ways you can assist your minister to relax.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:Whoever fails to rest will be laid to rest!
MEMORY VERSE: Mark6:31“And He said to them,”Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”For there were many coming and going,and they did not even have time to eat”.