John 19:28 NLT
Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”
This verse, the words of Jesus, never actually spoke anything deeper to me than that Jesus needed a drink of water. How utterly ashamed I am that I could have ever been so insensitive to His need. I never seriously considered the depth of his anguish.
Though intense, the brief time that I truly experienced thirst still cannot compare to the thirst of Jesus. However, the experience afforded me the opportunity to identify with Him more closely.
While in the hospital, being denied water – even a sip of water, was an experience that I will not ever forget. Evidently, when one has been on a respirator sometimes she is at risk of choking. Upon awakening from an eight day coma... I just wanted a drink of water.
God used that experience to help me understand how deeply I should hunger and thirst after His righteousness. It has shown me that just as my parched mouth craved a sip of water to be satisfied, I need the Living Water that Jesus offers to quench the thirst deep within my soul.
John 4:14 NLT
But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
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