John 19:28 “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished and that the scripture might be fulfilled, said I thirst”.
Upon first glance, I am sure that when those who stood at the foot of the cross first heard these words surely they thought that Jesus’statement as such, reflected a deep need for water. As human beings, each and every one of us has a thirst. Each and every animal in nature also has a thirst. And yet as this moment transpired, Jesus was dying on the cross. There was I would suggest, a dual meaning for his words.
In his natural state, after at least 6 hours on the cross, in the midst of suffering unimaginable pain, Jesus expressed a simple but profound phrase, “I Thirst.”
Jesus, suffering and soon to die, even in the midst of all his agony and pain, once again proved his divine nature by virtue of fulfilling the scriptures.
Psalms 69:21“They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
Vinegar……..harsh, vile tasting, and surely the last thing anyone dying would want to taste. And yet I would suggest to each and every one of us that this vinegar isn’t just about the vinegar itself, but also serves as a metaphor for what this life will present to each of us. For when we choose to drink from the source of this life itself, poor choices, idol gods, worship of the pursuit of our flesh, the cup from which we drink will indeed be bitter, harsh, and vile.
You see Jesus’ words “I Thirst”weren’t just about that which satisfied the natural need for Jesus; but his words also echo across the breath and width of time as he also proclaims that:
“I Thirst” for the souls of mankind.
“I Thirst” for the souls of those who seek that living water.
“I Thirst” for the souls of those who seek after the daily bread.
“I Thirst” for the souls of those who will accept Me as savior.
This Easter season, we celebrate the gift of our risen savior. A savior who took our place on a cross at Calvary. A savior whose longing for mankind led him to offer up his own life as a ransom for us all. This life that we lead, it will have its ups and downs. Each day there will be the bitter with the sweet.
What then shall we thirst for?
What then shall our souls long for?
Will we long for that which is bitter, which leaves us unsatisfied and constantly looking for more? Or do we seek to fulfill our thirst from he who is the living water, who’s promise is that whoever drinks the water he gives them will never thirst, that indeed his water will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
Each Easter stands as a reminder of what Jesus did for each of us. This living water extends his invitation to drink from that which never fails to quench our thirst, a living water that renews and refreshes our souls each day.
I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord.
Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.”
Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk.
As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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