Thirst is a craving for fluids. A decrease in the quantity of water or an increase in the osmolite concentration causes the brain to trigger a craving for thirst. This is basic physiology from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirst.
Remember it was late in the day and Jesus had already be arrested, tried, beaten and nailed to the cross. He hung there for 4-6 hours when He uttered these two words, “I Thirst”, (John 19:28, NCV). Jesus was thirsty. His body was in a stage of shutdown and he was extremely thirst.
The same Jesus that asked for a sip of water is the same Jesus who called Himself, the Living Water and demonstrated the He was the agent of God who uses the symbol of water to bring life.
- The first miracle Jesus performed was turning water to wine at a friend of the family wedding celebration. (John 2:1-11)
- Jesus met with Nicodemus to discuss being born of water. (John 3:1-21)
- Jesus met with a Samaritan women at a water well where He offered her to drink from “living water” (John 4:1-14)
- Jesus healed a sick person who had been waiting for help to get into the waters of the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-9)
- Jesus walks on water and brings calm to a group of His followers who were in a stormy situation on a boat on the Lake of Galilee. (John 6:16-21)
- Jesus announced that He was the source of “Living Water.” (John 7:37-39)
Psalm 42:1-2 says,
As a deer thirsts for streams of water,
so I thirst for you, God.
2 I thirst for the living God.
When can I go to meet with him?
Jesus cried out with the psalmist; He was thirsting for the presence and fellowship of God the Father during their separation on the Cross.
The Apostle John wrote in Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let the one who hears this say, “Come!” Let whoever is thirsty come; whoever wishes may have the water of life as a free gift.
Are you thirsty? Have you received the Living Water? To be continued…
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