After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. – John 19:28-29
Meditation: Thirst is a most basic human desire. While the body can survive without food for many days, we cannot last more than just a few without water. When Jesus Christ said, “I thirst,” the Lord revealed much. His body was mortal, and though His spirit was strong, the Savior’s flesh was naturally weak. Lastly, He finished His ministry as it began by denying self in the interest of obedience to God’s will.
Great debates raged among believers in the years that followed the time of the Apostles. One of the main issues revolved around the nature of the Person of Christ. Was He God? An angel? A man? A ghost? The debate divided the early church.
The problem in part lay in the failure to believe or even hear the full message of the Gospels and Epistles, freshly written, and the fallacy of sinful pride. When we debate opinions, we often lose sight of the truth. Thus these debates continued until the canon of the New Testament was agreed upon by church leaders in 397. While some still protested, the aggregation and alignment of church leaders behind the core Scriptures did much to satisfy theologians.
“I thirst,” seems such a trifle to argue, but if the Son of God truly thirsted, then He must also be speaking as a man, mortal and thus weak in the flesh. God cannot by definition thirst, yet Jesus did. The Apostle Paul explained this conundrum saying that in Christ “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). Jesus was truly a man in every sense except that while other men have souls bent toward sinful desires, the Lord was filled continually with the Spirit of God (Isaiah 42:1 and Matthew 12:8) Furthermore, Jesus said that His body was the temple of God, and in reference to His body He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).
So we see that the nature or truth of His nature was revealed by His own words. His body was created by God to be a holy vessel of the Spirit of God to live as mankind was designed to live in harmony with the Father. Mystery solved? Well sort of. We know what Christ is, but we still do not know how. I fear this much is beyond our full comprehension.
Call to Action: Do you thirst? If so, you share something with Christ? If your thirst for righteousness, then you are truly on the right track. Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
If you hunger and thirst after righteousness, then you will be satisfied by Christ. His kingdom is full of righteousness, peace and joy. He desires for us to receive a blessing, and all He asks is for us to obey Him and trust in His meek and lowly nature. The flesh is weak, but the Spirit is willing. Yield to that Spirit and be the vessel you are meant to be for His glory and your everlasting blessing.