I Thirst

Published on Apr 22nd, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
I Thirst

I Thirst

Tim Keller wrote these intriguing words, “On the cross, before he died, he (Jesus) said, ‘I thirst’, and he meant more than physical thirst.  There Jesus was experiencing the loss of relationship with his father because he was taking the punishment we deserved for our sins. There he was cut off from the Father, the source of living water.  He was experiencing the ultimate, torturous, killing, eternal thirst of which the worst death by dehydration is just a hint. That is both paradoxical and astonishing.  It is because Jesus Christ experienced cosmic thirst on the cross that you and I can have our spiritual thirst satisfied.  It is because he died that we can be born again.  And he did it gladly.  Seeing what he did and why he did it will turn our hearts away from the things that enslave us and toward him in worship.”  Encounters With Jesus

In the thought just prior to the quote above, Tim Keller was describing the incident between Jesus and the woman at the well.  The woman at the well experienced the living water of Jesus and would never thirst again.  She received this living water because she met Jesus at the well.  How did this come about?  It came about because Jesus was thirsty and went to the well to get a drink.  If he had not been thirsty, this meeting would not have taken place.  Why was Jesus thirsty?  Because the divine Son of God had humbled himself and came down to earth, in the form of man, so that he could sacrifice his life for our sins.  In his vulnerable, mortal state he became thirsty and sought a drink of water and the woman at the well was changed for all of eternity.

All of humanity is just as thirsty as the woman at the well.  She was trying to quench her spiritual thirst through relationships with men.  You may be striving to quench your thirst through material things or a successful career.  Some try to quench their thirst through life dominating sins.  All seem to quench our thirst for a short period of time.  Soon, though, the thirst comes back.  Only Jesus can quench our spiritual thirst.  He has promised to give us living water so that we will never thirst again if we would place our faith in his finished work on the cross.  I would encourage you to explore his claims.

Some of us have had our thirst quenched.  And yet we still find ourselves clamoring after things that will never satisfy.  They only enslave and rob us of our desire to worship the one who is the living water.  Jesus has all ready met you at the well.  He has satisfied your thirst.  Spend time with him today and be reminded of his life giving water.  Worship him freely and fully today.

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