Mar. 21, 2021
I Am Thirsty
John 19:28-30; Luke 22:39-42
“No one takes it [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again…”
“After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So, they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth…”
a. I Am ____________
It seems ____________ in comparison to the other things Jesus says from the cross.
Jesus was offered ____________ drinks while hanging on the cross.
“And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.”
i. The first Jesus refused at 9:00 AM—It was wine mixed with ____________ which was used to deaden the pain.
ii. The second Jesus requested at 3:00 PM—It was ____________ vinegar-wine mixed with water.
2. Why Might John Record These Words?
a. It was to fulfill ____________.
“…for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
b. It points to Jesus’ ____________.
Thirst is a ____________ need—Jesus physically experienced the pain of dehydration.
“Our prayers and cries of suffering take on greater meaning because we now know them to be understood by God. Instinctively, we want a God who not only knows about pain, but shares in it and is affected by our own. By looking at Jesus, we realize we have such a God.”
Philip Yancey & Dr. Paul Brand: In His Image
c. Jesus uses the metaphor of drinking as a way of describing the ____________ he would endure on the cross.
“Then [Jesus] took the cup…this is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you…”
“…Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?”
“Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?’”
d. It points to Jesus’ spiritual ____________.
i. Jesus proclaimed he was the source of ___________ water.
“Jesus answered [the Samaritan woman], ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water…everyone who drinks of this [well] water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
John 4:10, 13-14
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
“On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.”
ii. Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit, his Spirit, as thirst-quenching, as a spring of living water that will never run dry and that bubbles up to ____________ and eternal life.
iii. John Wesley called this kind of quenching, this kind of work of the Holy Spirit, ____________ —being perfected in love as Christ’s Spirit works within us, transforming us, and as we become more and more like Christ.
iv. “I am thirsty” points to ____________ greatest need also—salvation through Jesus Christ.
“Then Moses said to them, “Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin…when the Lord sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down.”
"So, they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth."
John’s connection of the hyssop to Jesus’s crucifixion on the day of Preparation is intentional. It sends a clear message that Jesus is our Passover Lamb who saves us from death and delivers us from slavery—not the type of physical bondage that the people experienced in Egypt but from slavery to sin that leads to death.
v. Jesus, who was the ____________ of living water, is now thirsty—the source of life, of grace, of hope, of love, of living water is drying up…and the spring is nearly extinguished.
vi. With Jesus’ death on the cross, He paid the ____________ for our sin and now offers every believer the forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation.
“‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink…’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
a. When we drink deeply from the living water that Jesus offers, it not only satisfies us. It ____________ and empowers us to be for others what Jesus is for us.
b. We can’t undo the ____________ Jesus experienced in his crucifixion some 2000 years ago, but we can ease Jesus’ suffering today whenever we help anyone who is thirsty.
c. Where are you being called to give of yourself and take the form of a servant?
d. Where is Jesus inviting you to share his mindset and ____________ yourself out on behalf of those who are thirsting for love, for hope, for physical needs to be addressed, for bonds of oppression to be broken, or simply to be treated as if their lives matter?
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
e. In pouring ourselves out for others who are thirsty, we find that our own thirst is relieved. We find that we are able to access the living water that will ____________ leave us thirsty again, a stream that flows into eternal life.