I Thirst

 No doubt Jesus experienced extreme thirst while being crucified. He would have lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and sweat, through what he had endured even prior to crucifixion. Thus his statement, “I am thirsty” was, on the most obvious level, a request for something to drink. In response the soldiers gave Jesus “Vinegar” (v. 29).  John notes that Jesus said “I am thirsty,” not only as a statement of physical reality, but also in order to fulfill the Scripture of Psalm 69, which includes this passage:

Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.  They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (vs. 20-21)

Jesus was on the cross for six hours losing blood and energy.  Of course He was thirsty!  And though God never thirsts, His flesh needs water to survive.  But beyond fleshly thirst and beyond fulfilling scripture, Jesus was thirsty for another reason.  Jesus is God in the flesh, so why would God need drink on the cross when He created the oceans and the lakes?  Why would the Living water be thirsty?  Speaking of living water, maybe our answer is found in John 4, where Jesus approaches the woman at the well.

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.  There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.  (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)  Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.  Jesus answered and said unto her, 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.

Here is Jesus again, saying “I am Thirsty”.  But why?  You see Jesus was offering the woman a deal.  If you give me to drink, you will never be thirsty again.  You see the woman was talking about a spiritual thirst, but Jesus was talking about a different kind of thirst.  Thirst doesn’t mean you need liquid in your body, it means you crave, or long for something.  When Jesus told the woman he was thirsty, He was telling her, “I thirst for you!”  God was telling the sinner, I want you to come back to me.  I long for you, I yearn for you!  He tells the woman, I don’t want your well water, I don’t want your liquid, for I created it! I just want you!  I want a relationship with you, I want you to love me, and to run into my arms!  Satisfy my thirst for you and I will give you living water.  Where you will never thirst for love again.  You will never feel incomplete again or broken, forsaken and alone.  I will be there and I will love you.  Satisfy my longing for you so I can satisfy you!

This is what God is telling us on the cross, Here I am on this cross, and I am thirsty!  The scripture noted earlier in Psalms 69:20 “Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none”.  Jesus said “All I have done is love you, and you insult me and mock me and crucify me, And my heart is broken.”  He is yearning for us, longing for us, thirsty for us!”  

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

Romans 8:37-39

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.

John 7:37-38

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Do we really think that Jesus is talking about natural water?  He tells us, whoever is longing or yearning for something that you can not find, come to me and let me fill your desire for a love and life.  Let me satisfy your thirst and make your spirit overflow.  But now here is Jesus.  Here is your God.  Crucified on the cross, beaten and torn, mocked and spat on, and all alone.  And as one of the last things He wanted to tell us before dying on the cross, was that He was Thirsty for us.


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