“I am thirsty.” – John 19:28
His physical needs were screaming, as Jesus suffocates and bleeds to death, things get physical. The end is near – but not yet – His body, the temple being torn down, needed water. These words bring us face to face with the reality that Jesus is in the flesh. His suffering is real. The drops of blood, the sweat, the torn flesh, its all very Real. We’ve reached a point of completion – the fullness of God in Flesh. At the apex of the Passion – Jesus expresses His human need and God’s great desire….Thirst….a great longing for God’s will, for God’s glory, for God’s salvation to come. Intensely personal God came down – all the way down to the cross because of desire. This realm – those who were there responded as they could: The offering of drink.
In Scripture thirst refers to more than a physical drink it is more oftne defined as to yearn, to long for, to be desperate with desire. Even on the cross in the midst of His sufferning Jesis spoke of a deeper desire than physical thirst. Jesus in His diety had a strong desire to have His people with Him where He was.
Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24 NKJV)
Even though His flesh was screaming out His desire was still for the people and that the Father's will would be completed that day!! We need to have this same attitude toward the Father and the people He has called us to! What do we pray to the Father when things are tough for us? Are we thinking of oursleves or are we focused on the call? Let's strive to have a heart after Jesus' heart and pray the will of the Father!