Open Door Assembly
For the last three weeks we have been going through a sermon series on the sayings of Jesus while he was on the cross. One of those sayings that he says is "I thirst" or "I am thirsty" depending on the version of the Bible that you read.
If you look at John 19:28-29 we see here that the Roman soldiers were ready for Jesus to say that he was thirsty. They were prepared to give him some sour wine vinegar. This is what the Scripture says, 28 "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips."
As I have read this portion of Scripture for most of my life every year I have always been of the same train of thought that the Roman soldier had. Jesus is telling us that he is thirsty and he is in need of a drink of water. As I have dug a little deeper into the scripture I found out that I really was reading for the literal meaning of what I thought and not what the Scripture was wanting me to understand. The Greek word for "thirst" here is "Dipsao." In the Greek translation this word means, "to suffer thirst, suffer from thirst figuratively, those who are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened."
Now if we just look at the meaning of the Greek translation it gives us a different picture of what Jesus was meaning when he was hanging on the cross that day. When he said that he was thirsty, He was not literally thirsty. His spirit was thirsty more than his physical body was thirsty. He was spiritually dry. If you think about it Jesus knew what physical thirst was. He spent 40 days in the desert with no water or food. It had only been a few hours that he had not had anything to drink. If he can hold out for 40 days I think a few hours was a piece of cake for him to last without a drink.
As we think about what Easter means and at what expense our heavenly Father gave for us, we also need to think about where our thirst level is. Are we at the same point in life where we are walking around saying I thirst? Are we trying to fill our self with physical water when our spirit needs the water that will never make us thirsty again? We are all at a different place in our Christian walk but I know that we are all in the same boat when it comes to needing to be filled up spiritually.
For me "I thirst" happens every day. If I don't spend time with my heavenly Father throughout the day my soul cries out "I thirst." In this Easter season and beyond let's make it a point to fill ourselves up with the living water of Christ daily.