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.


Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?

“My God, My God,

Why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46

One of the 7 last things Christ said before He died.  But why did Christ say these words?  “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”

If Jesus Is God, (John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”)  Then why would He cry out to Himself?

These words He cried out are so depressing and sad…poetic yet some how familiar.  That’s right, Jesus quoted Psalms 22:1 which begins with, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”. Jesus quoted this scripture so that we could understand He was fulfilling the Messianic prophecy  right there on the cross.  Psalms 22:11-18 says:

Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.   They open wide their mouth at me,  As a ravening and a roaring lion.   I am poured out like water,  And all my bones are out of joint;   My heart is like wax;  It is melted within me.   My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;  And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.   For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.  I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

His heart has been broken and melted inside him (v. 14).   During the crucifixion process, the blood loss causes the heart to beat harder and harder and become extremely fatigued.  Dehydration occurs (v. 15).  Verses 16-18 speak of piercing His hands and feet and dividing his clothing by casting lots.   And this is exactly what occurred in Matthew 27.

Psalm 22 was written about 600 years before Christ was even born. And at that time the Crucifixion hadn’t even been invented.  Actually, the Phoenicians come up with it and Rome borrowed the horrible way of execution from them.   So, therefore when Rome come to rule over Israel, it became the Roman means of capital punishment for all the Jews whose biblical means of execution was stoning.  But He had to prove His point.

But that still really wouldn’t tell us why He cried those words in the first place.  So now that we see where the words came from, let us see why the Almighty Omnipotent God, would say that.

In fact there are two reasons.

1. The bible says in Hebrews 4:15 that He was tempted the same as we are, but yet he still never sinned.  The stories of people all through out the bible like Job and David, when they felt that God had for some reason, left them in the dust.  Forgot them, forsaken them, betrayed them…they would cry out.  WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!  WHY WON”T YOU HELP ME?!  And we say things like that today.  Like God doesn’t care, or isn’t watching or helping you.  It seems like He walked you into the valley of the shadow of death and left you there.  You see God became flesh so that He can feel what you feel.  He became flesh and bones to go through the same temptations and the same agony you go through today.  When Christ was on the cross, He thought of you.  He thought of you when you cried out My God My God! Why have you forsaken me?  And when He thought of you, He had to feel the same way.  He suddenly felt alone…imagine, the Almighty King, desolate and alone.  He cries out…because our flesh cries out.  It’s something to think about.

2. The next reason He cried out was simply because The God who could never sin, despised sin, turned His back on sin…became sin.  When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, He said, “father if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me.”  As an analogy, This cup was filled with the entire wrath of an omnipotent God.  The God who would punish ALL who was in the world and all who will be in the world, which ultimately be forever in damnation and in hell, was in this tiny cup.  That Jesus had no choice but to drink of.  All of it.  God had decided that no longer would He let HIS creation perish…He would become their sins, take all of their punishment, Just so they can have a chance in an eternal life with Him.  So He cried out, because suddenly He knew how it felt, to be one of us.  As He hung their on the cross, and He thought of us…God from heaven, became Human.  Filled with sin…and now on His way to a forever burning fire.  Even though God knew how the story would end, by resurrecting and winning the victory, He felt such a depression at that time on Himself, and for us…

To tell it like it is,  He cried those words…