The world was shrouded in darkness. Death was near. Jesus had been on the cross for nearly six hours. But the time doesn’t really begin to tell how much He had suffered. It began the night before when He sweat great drops of blood while praying to His Father. He was betrayed by a close friend with a kiss. He had endured numerous trials with the verdict already decided. He had been mocked, beaten, scourged, and nailed to a cross. Now His body is racked with pain and, weakened by the loss of blood, He cries, “I thirst!” (John 19:28). This was to fulfil the words of the Psalmist when he wrote, “They gave me gall for my meat; and in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.” (Psalm 69:21).
Jesus, who is fully God, is also fully man. He knows what it is to hunger and thirst. While on earth He was tempted in all points like we are. Are you misunderstood? He understands. Are you hurting? He knows pain and disappointment. He was thirsty so we would never have to be. And He makes this promise: “…Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst” (John 4:14).
Inspired by the Sermon Notes of Pastor Gary Elliott