Word of Suffering John 19:28
“I Thirst” was spoken by the Suffering Savior a little before He bowed His head and gave up the spirit. Recorded only by the evangelist John, “I thirst.” What lessons are taught from this fifth saying of Jesus from the Cross?
I. Take a look at an evidence of Christ’ humanity
The Lord Jesus was very God, but also very man. “God manifested in the flesh.” [1 Tim. 3:16] The Lord Jesus was the God-man. When Jesus came into this world, He did not cease to be God. He only stripped Himself of the Glory which He had with the Father before the world was.
He took to Himself that which He had not before — perfect humanity. The Baby of Bethlehem was Immanuel — God with us. He was God. He was both Son of God and Son of Man. One person possessing two natures. THE DIVINE AND THE HUMAN.
The Lord gave full proof of His deity. He:
spoke with divine wisdom
displayed divine love
acted in divine holiness
exhibited divine power
A word from Him and:
storms were calmed
dead was raised to life
the devil runs!
So truly was He God in the flesh, He could say, ‘he that has seen me has seen the Father.’ The Lord Jesus gave full proof of His humanity — sinless humanity. He:
entered the world as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes [rags]
as a boy he asked questions
he slept, wept, prayed, etc…
AND HERE IN OUR TEXT, HE CRIED, ‘I’M THIRSTY.’
God does not thirst. Neither shall you or I when we’re in glory! [Rev. 7:16]
II. Take a look at the intensity of Christ’ sufferings
The Redeemer spends an hour in Gethsemane. In agony, His soul contemplated the awful coming experience. He shed drops of blood as though He was sweating. Now Christ speaks these words, ‘I thirst.’ There is something deeper than physical sufferings behind these words.
‘I thirst’ followed immediately after the fourth saying of Christ. ‘My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?’ This cry of bodily suffering tells us then, of the severity of the spiritual conflict through which He had just passed. HE IS YEARNING FOR COMMUNION WITH GOD AGAIN!!
III. Take a look at our Lord’s deep reverence for scripture
Though on the cross now for six hours, Jesus was acting with a clear mind and memory. The Savior bowed to the authority of the Scriptures. HOW IS IT WITH YOU? Do you see God’s Word as a revelation of God’s mind and will concerning you? Is it a lamp unto your feet? Are you walking in its light? Are you obeying the Word of God?
IV. Take a look at the Savior’s submission to the Father’s will
Jesus was obedient to God’s will. That He should thirst. It was prophesied that Jesus would thirst.
V. Take a look at how Christ can sympathize with suffering
Why is it that God’s people should suffer? Doesn’t God see it? doesn’t God care? Looking at the Cross we find that God is not ignorant of our sorrows, for in the person of His Son He has Himself ‘borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.’ [Isaiah 53:4]
VI. Take a look at the expression of a universal need
The the world over is crying, ‘I thirst.’ It seems that everyone is thirsty for worldly things rather than spiritual things. Why This:
consuming desire for wealth?
craving for worldly honors?
mad rush for pleasure?
search for worldly wisdom?
There is something in every person that is unsatisfied. John 4:13 says, “Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again.” John 4:14 says, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst again.”
How is it with you? Have you found that nothing can satisfy your desires like Christ can? What you really desire for is a purpose in life. A purpose for living.
If you die having rejected the Savior, you will cry, “I Thirst.” In hell, you will lift up your eyes in torment and cry “I Thirst.” Receive Jesus as your Savior and submit to Him as Lord.
VII. Take a look at the proclamation of a lasting truth
There is a sense in which Christ STILL IS THIRSTY. He is thirsting for the love and devotion of His own. He is yearning for fellowship with His Blood-bought Believers.
What can you do today? Satisfy His thirst. Come to Him.