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Good Friday: 'I thirst'

By Charlie Osewalt | 16 April 2014

Good Friday: 'I thirst'


O God, you are my God earnestly I seek you, my soul thirsts for you. My flesh faints for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
I have been meditating on the last words of Jesus. In John 19:28 He says 'I am thirsty.' Preachers, poets, Christians and non believers have been touched by the sound of these words.
Thirst is something fundamental that we can all connect with and here, with his open wounds grown larger from His time on the cross and fever racking his body. Jesus calls out with thirst.
His thirst is very human. He is in a moment of complete and utter humanity: He thirsts simply for water. The Creator God of the universe, He who created rain and rivers; dew and tears, thirsts. Fully God, in this moment, my Jesus is fully, totally, human. What does this mean when the God of the universe, who created and forms waters, thirsts?
In that moment, he inhabits our humanity and our suffering. When we suffer—when death enters a household, a plane disappears seemingly out of the air, when mud slides happen—Jesus lives with those who ache in their moments. He cried in aching pain for all on the cross.
He knows hurt. Intimately.
If we meditate each day on Him, on His thirst, we will never be thirsty. As we lift our eyes and heart, soul and mind to Him, then we will be filled by His love; by His agonies, His tender forgiveness, His words—teachings and parables—this life and death.
This Good Friday, experience thirst.
Don't drink for a specified limited time this day. Thirst a little to feel a hint of what our Saviour felt. Then look on him. Meditate on why He thirsted. He thirsted because He loved.
He loved, He loves; he thirsts; He died; and He rose. He satisfies in each and every moment. The question is: whose water will I drink when I thirst? Mine? Or His?
I choose His. The God of All. When I really stop my thoughts and think on this, it is an easy choice. But I have to stop at his well. He, who promised the Samaritan woman at the well that she would never be thirsty again, filled that promise on the cross. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, 'Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.' John 4:14
He thirsted for you; for me.


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Posted by Charlie Osewalt

Charles Osewalt is a husband, father of four children and former elder at Redeemer Church NYC. He has worked in schools for the last twenty years as principal in the Morrisanna section of the Bronx. He formerly worked as a content and curriculum specialist for Stewardship. He tweets at @charlesosewalt


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