Are you Thirsty?
John 19:28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.” I realize that, in context, Jesus makes the statement that he is thirsty to fulfill the scripture presented in Psalm 69:21,”They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
However, Jesus also called out to God, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Forsaken means to be abandoned or deserted. God had to turn his back on Jesus to place the wrath of the world on Him. This is the first time that Jesus did not have a direct connection with God the Father, alone on the cross, and He was thirsty. In Psalm 63, David writes, “My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Thirst is a concept frequently used in the scriptures to paint a perfect picture both physically and spiritually of the satisfaction brought through a relationship with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are programmed for seeking that relationship and everything else pales in comparison. It is easy to see in today’s culture the many distractions that keep us from recognizing the fact that this relationship is what our bodies so desperately need. However, Jesus himself directed this to His disciples, “I have food that you know nothing about.” I can see the raised eyebrows now.
This actually came after a conversation that Jesus had with the woman at the well. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?… Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”(John 4)
The last couple of sentences make me smile and mourn at the same time. I smile because I know that with Jesus there is an everlasting power source. This source of life truly quenches all thirsts and desires. I posted previously that with CrossFit everything is easy. Well, couple this with Jesus and forget about it. Unmovable. Indomitable. Overflowing.
However, I mourn because so many will never understand. They will kick at the goads their entire life searching for the answers that they will not receive. People will always look to the world for answers, drawing from a well of natural water and not from a God producing living water. For only through God are all things possible. God is the author of understanding. Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”