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TODAY’S MEDITATION – “I am thirsty” (John 19:28-29)

Here is another statement the Lord Jesus said as He was on the Crossafter being pierced and certainly having lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and sweat, through what he had endured even prior to crucifixion. My brother, my sister, when considering the meaning of these words, the first obvious thing that comes to our mind is that Jesus was asking for something to drink. That’s why, in response, the soldiers gave Him “sour wine” (verse 29), some very cheap beverage common among lower class people in the time of Jesus. But this was in order to fulfill the Scripture: “But instead, they give me poison for food; they offer me sour wine for my thirst” (Psalm 69:20-21). Now, what should Jesus’ words tell us, since we know that it could not have been only a physical thirst as He was taking upon Himself the sin of the world. This, therefore, should bring us to wonder, as believers, if we are thirsty at all, and what we are actually thirsty for? Yes, my friend, are you thirsty enough for Him who took your sin? Does your soul yearn for the living water that Jesus alone can supply? (John 4:10; John 7:38-39). And above all, when Jesus cries “I am thirsty”, my friend, it is not for Him, but for you, just like when He said “do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children” (Luke 23:28). Yes, my friend, through Jesus’ words, “I am thirsty”, you should hear the cry of your own heart today. You may have been drinking the sour water the world offers, but today, look for the new wine of Jesus’ Kingdom to flood your soul; seek the Lord to be refreshed by His living water; yearn for His Spirit to fill you once again. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]