Preconceived Notions

Thirst | Devotion #1: Preconceived Notions
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor

Fox Broadcasting Company showcased a new show in 2019, “The Masked Singer.” On the show, celebrities competed against one another by singing while wearing an elaborate costume. They were fully covered, and their voice was altered to hide their identity. At every performance, they revealed a secret about their identity. Four celebrity judges tried to guess the performer’s identity. 

A man dressed as a peacock was one of the performers. He was wearing a cape and waved it across his body. It appeared to be solid black, but the underside was full of color. All four judges immediately focused on the rainbow and assumed the performer was part of the GLBTQ community. Their preconceived notions could only let them consider this option. I immediately said to my wife, “It is the coat of many colors. It is Donny Osmond.” About ten years ago, I took my wife to see Donny Osmond perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in Detroit. They gave another clue about a wig he wore while in prison. Donny may not have been in an actual prison, but Joseph was. One judge was thinking it was Donny Osmond but dismissed her guess as he was not part of that community and not believed to have been in prison.

Sometimes we get so locked into our natural thinking that we miss the obvious. John 19:28 says, “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’” There are two valuable points to gather from the phrase, “I thirst.”

The first one is prophecy. Psalm 69:21 informs, “They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” One thousand years before Jesus, this moment on the cross was proclaimed. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy.

The second point is very basic. We can become so focused on Jesus’ loving sacrifice for us that we forget He was human. Jesus was 100% God, and He was 100% man. He could forgive sin and still be thirsty. Right when we are so focused that Jesus is God, we are reminded that He was also a man. 

This month as we visualize Jesus as God on the cross, we also need to remember Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”  

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