(This is part of an Easter series: The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross. To view all posts in this series, click here.)
PART OF THE PLAN – I thirst.
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. ~John 19:28
These words are not spoken as a prayer. They are not spoken to God. They are words from a thirsty man expressing a need.
I see several things about these words.
Jesus had a knowledge of everything that needed to be done.
We see the words “Jesus knowing“. This verse tells us that before Jesus spoke these words, He knew “all things were now accomplished.” He knew God’s plan, He knew His part, He knew it had to be done God’s way.
Jesus was willing to accept the suffering that was necessary, but discerned that which was not necessary.
Jesus at this point was beaten, bleeding, suffocating, hot. He had been nailed through His hands and His feet, He was wearing a crown of thorns. But yet He said “I THIRST.”
He didn’t complain about anything else, but thirst.
Sometimes when we are in the middle of “dying” we lose track of what we do and don’t have to endure. If we can discern what God has for us to endure, and what He has relief for, we can endure that which we must endure, for much longer! There are some circumstances that God has ordained to make us stronger and some are just distractions that God has not ordained.
Additionally, God has placed people in our lives to help in some of these areas that aren’t necessary for us to endure. The difficult part for us is KNOWING God’s plan. To do this, we must seek Him seek to understand what is and what is not required of us.
Jesus was willing to do everything required of Him.
Not only did Jesus have a knowledge of what needed to be fulfilled, what his part was (and wasn’t) in it, He was WILLING TO DO EVERYTHING REQUIRED OF HIM.
He knew exactly which scriptures must be fulfilled. His death, burial, resurrection could not be allowed to be wasted by sloppy execution. All scriptures must be fulfilled!
He WAS thirsty!! You would be, and He was too. And being God, He knew that His thirst would not be quenched. He knew he would endure more mocking, persecution, humiliation, as vinegar was offered to Him. But yet He said “I THIRST”, so that scripture would be fulfilled.
His obedience to God’s plan & determination not to waste one bit His pain are what kept him on course.
ENDURANCE is often the most difficult part of dying to self. It can seem sometimes that our circumstances have gone on far beyond what seems reasonable or fair. But Jesus showed us the way to do it. His endurance on the cross continues to bring life to believers today. The offer is extended to all believers to be part of God’s plans. It will take endurance, but knowing the plans God has for you, knowing what is not required of you, and being willing to do all that IS required, will help you to endure.
Endure and be part of God’s plan.
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. ~2 Timothy 2:1-3
I’m a Believer!