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At times in Christ’s life, we see both His humanity and His divinity. When Jesus said that He was thirsty…we see His humanity.

The Son of God the divine Creator of the rivers and oceans of water said, “I thirst.” The Son of God who makes the rain to fall from the sky and the fountains to burst forth from the depths of the earth said, “I thirst.” The one who said, “I am the water of life and anyone who comes to me and drinks, out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water,” Thirsts.

The words of Jesus not only show us his humanity, but they were also a quote from Psalm 69:31. “I thirst and they gave me vinegar to drink.” It was an obscure passage. But John the Apostle, from the foot of he cross, heard the detail, and saw it and recorded it.

Psalm 22:15 from which Christ’s first words on the cross were spoken hints at this as well. “My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.” Some have suggested it was not to alleviate Christ’s thirst or relieve the suffering that he makes his request. Instead, it was to momentarily relieve the dryness in his mouth so that His next, and final triumphant words might be uttered clearly and triumphantly.

As we approach Easter, we are reminded that Christ suffered as one of us, yet was also divine. He knows true suffering. On the cross he clearly identifies himself with us, and suffers with us, in our place so that on Easter morning his divinity might clearly burst forth! God knows what you are going through. Don’t be afraid to cry out to God. He hears your cries. He knows your thirst. And he offered himself as living water that you might never thirst again. He offered himself to death on the cross that you might live forever with him in paradise.

 

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