Thirst | Devotion #6: Living Water
Josh Lahring | Worship Director
Think of a time you have been desperate for a drink of water. When I was around fourteen years old I was home, my parents were gone, and my grandma’s house was two miles away. I wanted to go there and could not drive, so I went to find a bike to ride. The tires were a little flat, and I thought that was not a big deal. Have you ever ridden a bike with half-filled tires? Halfway there I was dying and so thirsty. All I could think of was keep going so I could get some water. By the time I made it there I was a little dizzy and felt sick. I drank so much water and just laid on the floor thinking I will never ride a bike again.
When Jesus was crucified on the cross, He said, “I thirst.” John 19:28 records the event, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’” At this point, the Father had looked away from Him for He had taken on the sins of the world. Jesus was physically thirsty, but more than that He was thirsting for His Father. Jesus, the one who was telling others to come drink from Him, the living water, had no water to give, it had been completely poured out. He Himself thirsted for that relationship with His Father.
When Jesus said from the cross that He was thirsty, He not only fulfilled prophecy, He also showed again that He was 100% man while being 100% God. However, my mind was reminded of Him as my living water. Looking back at John 7:37, we read, “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.’”
Jesus is our living water, and He is all that can satisfy us. We are to thirst for Christ like our greatest times that we thirst for water.