Have you ever been thirsty? I mean so dry that your mouth is raw and hurting, the only thing that will satisfy is a tall glass of water. I am sure you have seen video of people in a dessert searching for water, only to have their hopes destroyed when they find a mirage. We wouldn’t give a thirsty man salt water, or vinegar, we would help them out with fresh water. So if we are spiritually thirsty whey do we stand by when people are quenching their thirst with things that don’t satisfy?
“Jesus knew that his mission was almost finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, ‘I am thirsty’ (John 19:28 NLT).
“”they offered me sour wine for my thirst”(Ps 69:21b NLT)
Here on the cross accepting the drink fulfilling the prophecy. Another important aspect was to show that even on the cross after all the torture and pain he was fully human, with human needs. There is a group of people who believe that Jesus wasn’t fully man. They believe he was all supernatural and this death on the cross was just for show and didn’t cause him any pain or discomfort. To deny Jesus his humanity is to deny who he is.
This man who earlier had told the samaritan woman “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst again” (John 4:14a NKJV), was now himself asking for water. The guards in their feeble attempt to help offered him a poor substitute for sour wine.
We thirst for more in our lives, and if we don’t ask the right person we will be given a poor substitute that won’t satisfy or restore our lives. We need to ask for water from the one who provides living water. Are there people around you thirsty for the water only Jesus provides? I am sure there are, unless you are living as a hermit somewhere in isolation, we are surrounded by thirsty people who are filling their thirst with all sorts of foul substitutes. It is time that as believers we start sharing the gift of living water to those who need it.
Father, thank you for the living water you provide through Jesus. Help us to share this water and hope to those around us who are daily drinking poison and other substitutes that don’t satisfy. Let our lives reflect the love you have for them, let them see that you love them deeply and that they matter you. Show us that we need to love them as much as you love them. Amen