After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said
(in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour
wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine
on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. (John 19:28-29)
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Three times in John Jesus speaks about thirst.
The first time is with the woman at the well in John 4. In their conversation, Jesus tells her,
“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
The second time is during the Festival of Booths in John 7.
“On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39)
This time Jesus is the one who thirsts. Instead of water, He is offered sour wine.
The soldiers, the ones representing the cruel and deadly ways of a fallen world, offer nothing capable of satisfying his thirst.
In the same way, we are reminded that nothing in this world, not power, prestige, or possessions, can satisfy the thirst of our souls.
Only Jesus can. Only Jesus can give us the living water of the Spirit that becomes in us a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.
And, in God’s foresight and providence, the one who satisfies our thirst thirsted as He was glorified on the cross.
Today, allow Psalm 63:1-8 to lead you into prayer. As you pray, honestly reflect on what you are thirsting for in life and if you receive it will it truly satisfy your thirst.
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Donnie Wilkinson