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The Fifth Word: I am thirsty.

(John 19:28)
Reflection No doubt Jesus experienced extreme thirst while being crucified. He would have lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and sweat, through what he had endured even prior to crucifixion. Thus his statement, I am thirsty was, on the most obvious level, a request for something to drink. In response the soldiers gave Jesus sour wine (v. 29), a cheap beverage common among lower class people in the time of Jesus. John notes that Jesus said I am thirsty, not only as a statement of physical reality, but also in order to fulfill the Scripture. Though there is no specific reference in the text of the Gospel, its likely that John was thinking of Psalm 69, which includes this passage: Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair. If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me. But instead, they give me poison for food; they offer me sour wine for my thirst. (vv. 20-21) As he suffered, Jesus embodied the pain of the people of Israel, that which had been captured in the Psalms. Jesus was suffering for the sin of Israel, even as he was taking upon himself the sin of the world. As I reflect on Jesus statement, I am thirsty, I keep thinking of my own thirst. Its nothing like that of Jesus. Rather, I am thirsty for him. My soul yearns for the living water that Jesus supplies (John 4:10; 7:38-39). I rejoice in the fact that he suffered physical thirst on the cross and so much more so that my thirst for the water of life might be quenched. Questions for Reflection How do you respond to Jesus statement I am thirsty? What does this statement suggest to you about Jesus? About yourself? Prayer O Lord, once again I thank you for what you suffered on the cross. Besides extraordinary pain, you also experienced extreme thirst. All of this was part and parcel of your taking on our humanity so that you might take away our sin. Dear Lord, in your words I am thirsty I hear the cry of my own heart. I too am thirsty, Lord, not for physical drink. I dont need sour wine. Rather, I need the new wine of your kingdom to

flood my soul. I need to be refreshed by your living water. I yearn for your Spirit to fill me once again. I am thirsty, Lord, for you. Amen.

#5 from the 7 last words I thirst.


After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (John 19:28) This is also the fulfillment of Psalm 69:21. Our LORD JESUS Christ was also physically exhausted here. Spiritually speaking our LORD is thirsting for us from serving him.

6) I am thirsty (John 19:28). Jesus was here fulfilling the Messianic prophecy from Psalm 69:21: They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. By saying He was thirsty, He prompted the Roman guards to give Him vinegar, which was customary at a crucifixion, thereby fulfilling the prophecy.

I thirst. (Jn 19:28) The fifth last word of Christ echoes Isaiah 55:1, Come, all you who thirst. Whether you acknowledge it or not, everyone has a thirst for God. Everyone desires something deeper and seeks someone higher. As Our Lord hangs on the cross, He says that it works two ways. God is also on a quest for our souls: He is the Hound of Heaven. We tend to desire God, but we want proof before we will commit to a God who seems so far away. We fail to realize that it we who have distanced ourselves from God and not He who remains distant from us, for He seeks us like a shepherd seeks a lost sheep. There are many people who hate God and His Church that can't seem ever break away from its influence. These people should be prayed for because they are like St. Paul before his conversion. They may do great evil but their refusal to abandon God can be the source of their eventual return. Despite the reasons they give for hating the Church, they most likely realize that problem is really within themselves and does not have to do with God. The consciousness of their sins creates a vacuum that only grace can fill. God thirsts for the souls of even the worst sinners and while no one can deserve God, everyone can receive Him.

5) Jesus is Thirsty
John 19:28 Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, "I am thirsty." (NLT) Jesus refused the initial drink of vinegar, gall and myrrh (Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23) offered to alleviate his suffering. But here, several hours later, we see Jesus fulfilling the messianic prophecy found in Psalm 69:21.