Holy Week Thursday Morning Devotional

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Holy Week Thursday Morning Devotional

April 14, 2022

“I Thirst”

John 19: 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture would be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.

As we move to the fifth word from the cross this morning, we come to the only one in which Jesus references Himself.  He is thirsty.  His body is broken, and the inevitable is coming. The torture Jesus has endured is beginning to take its physical toll more acutely. He is probably dehydrated and some of his bodily systems are beginning to shut down. So, He calls out for something to quench His thirst. He will not be given water, which is what He needs, rather the people put a sponge full of sour wine on a branch and brought it to His mouth. Perhaps they meant to give him something to take the edge off His pain. It was a sore substitute in light of the agony He endured.

Real thirst is a powerful instinct. It can cause even the sanest of us to become downright crazy. But there are non-physical thirsts that are just as powerful and all of us are thirsty souls.  We thirst for significance, to find and have our place in the world around us.  We thirst for security, to be safe and taken care of. We thirst for self-worth, that our lives have meaning and purpose. We are going to fill those thirsts with something. We are not living beings if we don’t. The question becomes what will we use to quench those thirsts in our lives.

The only thing that can quench those thirsts in our hearts is a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus. Yet, as the people around Jesus did in our passage today, we would often rather take the sour wine of the world which only numbs us to our spiritual reality than the Living Water of life from which we will thirst no more. In our thirst for significance, we would settle for the illusion of life perpetrated by the TV or social media than to see ourselves as sinners in need of a Savior. In our thirst for security, we would rather be busy doing something temporal than resting in the eternal work of Jesus in us and for us.  In our thirst for self-worth, we would rather pretend to make ourselves important than to make more of Jesus. 

Maybe this morning we need to be reminded that eternity is not about us. Sure, we have a part to play in God’s eternal work, but all the heavy lifting is done by Jesus. When we consider His words today, “I thirst,” let them serve as a symbol that He has done everything for us because of His great love for us. So, we don’t need more money to spend on things, we need more grace to live the life He has provided for us. We don’t need to live our lives through the eyes of someone else, we need to see and know ourselves as Jesus does.  As Jesus told the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.” Let us never settle for anything less than Living Water for our thirst! 

Jennie Lee Riddle composed a great worship song about the centrality of Jesus entitled, “Revelation Song.” The text is below for you to use in your prayer time today if it would help you. Jesus alone is worthy. Jesus alone is holy. Jesus alone is breath to us and living water.

 

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain

Holy, holy is He

Sing a new song to Him who sits on

Heaven’s mercy seat

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain

Holy, holy is He

Sing a new song to Him who sits on

Heaven’s mercy seat

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty

Who was and is and is to come

With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings

You are my everything and I will adore You, I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows of living color

Flashes of lighting, rolls of thunder

Blessing and honor strength and glory and power be

To You the only one who’s King

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty

Who was and is and is to come

With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings

You are my everything and I will adore You

Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder

At the mention of Your name

Jesus Your name is power, breath and living water

Such a marvelous mystery

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty

Who was and is and is to come, yeah

With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings

You are my everything and I will adore You