Saying #5 of Jesus on the Cross: John 19:28. “I thirst.”
Updated: May 16
A HOLY WEEK DEVO: CHRIST SPEAKS FROM THE CROSS
By this time, Jesus has suffered greatly. He has suffered great physical abuse, spiritual rejection, betrayal, taunting at the hands of his persecutors, and the haters in the crowd. All of these haters are blinded as to what is actually being accomplished by Our Savior. None can begin to conceive that Jesus is willingly offering Himself up for them and all sinners. They taunt Him, but He has forgiven them their ignorance. They call out to Him to come down off the cross, and to save Himself if He really is God. For their own selfish reasons, they have called for His death. They have no compassion, but even in their meanness they receive mercy. From this place of suffering Jesus has interceded to the Father for all of them.
This statement, “I thirst” shows us the toll that is placed on Jesus from this ordeal of His sacrificial crucifixion. In Psalm 22 we read:
“15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.”
The Blood of the Lamb has poured out, and He is on the verge of death. This time He tastes of the sour wine offered to Him, but there this no relief from the agonies of crucifixion. Only in the completion of His work will there be an end to this sacrificial suffering.
This daily Equip Devotional has been provided by Rev. Marie Parma as we take time this Holy season in anticipation of the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.
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