Thirst | Devotion #5: One in a Million
Debbie Gabbara | Assistant to the Gathering Pastor
An article entitled “Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus” from CBN says “The Old Testament is the part of the Bible written before Jesus was born. Its writings were completed in 450 B.C. The Old Testament, written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, contains over 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death, and resurrection. Mathematically speaking, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are staggering. Mathematicians put it this way:
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000
1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power
1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!”
“Only Jesus!” Only Jesus, God in the flesh, could have fulfilled every single prophecy that was given concerning the Messiah, the One that God would send to save the world from our sins. One of those prophesies was fulfilled when Jesus spoke the words we find in John chapter 19 (NIV), “I am thirsty.”
My mind can hardly stand to think about what Jesus had been through by the time He made that statement. Our Lord had been beaten, mocked, humiliated, stripped of his clothes and dignity, and nailed. He was nailed to a cross. The Bible tells us that Jesus hung on the cross for six hours. He went willingly for your sins and mine. John 19:28 (NIV) says, “Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’”
John tells us that Jesus spoke those words to fulfill Scripture. Psalm 63:1 (NIV) reads, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Jesus left nothing undone that had been foretold. He fulfilled every single Scripture that had ever been written about the One that God would send to rescue us. His will was to do the will of His Father, no matter what the cost. Jesus completely fulfilled the mission that the Father had for Him here on Earth.
We live in a world that is parched. Are you thirsty for the will of God? Do you seek Him no matter what the cost? Do you long for Him? In John 4:14 (NIV), Jesus said, “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Let Jesus lead you to spring waters of life. Anyone or anything else will always leave you thirsty.