THE WORDS OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS (Part 5)
"Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would
be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty'" (John 19:28, NIV).
Ordinarily, when one walks, runs or works for a long period of time, one
must experience thirst. Having stayed on the cross for over six hours, Jesus
Christ had lost a lot of sweat and blood, so He was thirsty. The fatigue
that He had undergone, the grief He had felt, the heat of the day, and the
loss of blood, were the natural causes of this thirst. He must be really
thirsty. Thirst was one of the most distressing circumstances during the
crucifixion. He cried out that He was thirsty. However, this cry was to
fulfill a prophecy in Psalm 69:21, "They put gall in my food and gave me
vinegar for my thirst" (NIV).
It is evident that He did not complain of the injustice they did to Him in
beating Him, crowning Him with crown of thorn, and even nailing Him on the
cross. This expression of thirst, though real to Him, was not a complaint.
But, Jesus Christ thirsted after the glorifying of God, and the
accomplishment of the work of our salvation. He demonstrated His respect for
the Scriptures by making this declaration so that everything predicted about
Him in the Scriptures had its complete fulfillment in Him.
It is fascinating that He that had earlier declared that, "Everyone who
drinks this [physical] water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the
water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become
in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:13-14, NIV) was
thirsty on the Roman cross (see also John 6:35; 7:38). Nonetheless, He was
thirsty physically on the cross so that anyone that believes in Him would
not be thirsty spiritually and eternally.
One important implication of this declaration is that everyone that does not
want to be thirsty spiritually and eternally should believe in Jesus Christ.
Have you believed in Him? Do the rivers of living water flow from within
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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. God bless you!!!
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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