I Thirst

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said,“I am thirsty.”A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.” John 19:28-29 NLT

What is the significance of Jesus’ thirst on the cross?

  • It showed His humanity

“Who, being in very natureGod,did not consider equality with Godsomething to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very natureof a servant,being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himselfby becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8 NIV

  • It was the fulfillment of prophesy 

“…they offer me sour wine for my thirst.” Psalms 69:21b NLT

“Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning.” Exodus 12:22 NLT

  • It was a demonstration of His love for us

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIV

How do I get my thirst satisfied? 

  • I need to realize what I am thirsty for

“You, God, are my God,earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched landwhere there is no water.” Psalms 63:1 NIV

  • I need to stop looking for fulfillment in the wrong places – and find it in the right One

“For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—    the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” Jeremiah 2:13 NLT

“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given,because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” John 7:37-39 NLT

  • I need to pursue satisfaction in serving and caring for those who are broken and forgotten

“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus:‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 NLT

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:37-40 NLT

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;ensure justice for those being crushed.Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT