Jesus had been on the cross for some six hours. The blood vessels in His body were almost dried up. Fever raged though Him. His was tongue now parched and cleaved to His jaw. The spiritual desolation expressed as He cried, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” had completely exhausted Him.
Eastern desert travelers can tell us what happens to people when they have no water. Their mouths bleed, their eyes bulge, and they utter hoarse, agony-filled cries as they try to fend off impending death.
By this time, Jesus was close to death. In the midst of His agony, He showed us the fullness of His humanness. Just as we would, He cried, “I thirst.”
He had already said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” He had already said to the thief, “This day shall thou be with me in paradise.” He had already said, “Woman, behold thy son! Son, behold thy mother!” He had already cried out unto God with a loud voice, “My God! My God! Why has thou forsaken me?”
After issuing this great cry, He whispered, “I thirst.”
In the fourth chapter of John, Jesus told the woman at the well that, “I could give you water to drink and you’ll never have to thirst again. I’ve got a river of life that springs up, in the everlasting life.”
He also said, ” …everyone who thirsts, come and drink from a fountain that never runs dry.” Jesus is the river of life and the source of all water.
In the beginning, He spoke and caused His Spirit to move upon the firmament of the waters so that the world would exist. This same Jesus now said, “I thirst.”
He is the source of all life. And yet, He cried, “I thirst.”
If Jesus can thirst, can you imagine the world – your community? The communities we belong to are thirsty for something. You can be the conduit that brings relief by showing compassion. Jesus showed it even on the cross. We can show it. So today lets have compassion on a thirsty community.
As you serve today, tweet #ithirstafterrighteousness
by Pastor Roger Wade