It's a little past 2:00am
What am I doing up at this time of the night?
I was thirsty. Really, really thirsty.
I came home sick yesterday afternoon. It hit me all of a sudden; first a little queasiness, followed by nauseousness. Soon I was suffering the consequences of a full-blown gastrointestinal illness.
By 9:00pm I was starting to feel somewhat dehydrated. But I didn't want to drink much at all. I just didn't trust my stomach. Exhausted, I went to bed.
When I woke up I was thirsty. My mouth was parched. I came downstairs and had two glasses of ice water. This simple drink tasted wonderful.
Today I would like us to meditate on what is perhaps the most enigmatic word from the cross. Jesus' seemingly simple declaration "I thirst" (John 19:28).
Mother Teresa thought long and hard about this statement of our Lord. She had the phrase, "I thirst" emblazoned on the wall next to the crucifix in each and every one of her order's chapels around the world. Mother Teresa believed that Christ was thirsty for souls.
John explains the significance of Jesus' utterance this way: "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I thirst'."
Earlier in John's Gospel Christ had declared, "If any one thirsts, let him come to Me and drink" (John 7:37-39).
How ironic that the One who gives us streams of living water should later be found dying of thirst on a cross.
What is going on here?
Even on the cross, most especially on the cross, Jesus is fulfilling Scripture. He is carrying out His Father's will; for our sakes and for our salvation.
If we turn in our Bibles to Psalm 22 we run across a psalm filled with prophecies which Christ later fulfilled.
Picture our Savior, hanging on Calvary for all the world to see. Meditate on these words: "I am poured out like water . . . . and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay Me in the dust of death" (Psalm 22:14-15)
What about us? When is the last time you were parched? When is the last time you were thirsty. Really, really thirsty?
What about right now? What are we thirsty for today?
In Psalm 42:1-2a we read, "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."