Daily Devotional – 3/28/18 “What do you thirst for?”

Hours after Jesus was tried, beaten, mocked and hung; He says, through a dry mouth. “I thirst.” He’s probably feeling the effects of dehydration, by now because if you remember, He refused to drink the first time the soldiers offered Him the wine mingled with myrrh. But why would Jesus now say, I thirst? Again, this is simply Lakisha’s thoughts but here is what I gathered from this scripture. Jesus wasn’t requesting a drink of water but He was letting those, who were waiting on Him to die, know His body now lacked what it needed to endure life. You don’t have to take me at my work, I told you this is just me allowing you to peek into my thoughts, but when I looked up the words thirst and thirsty it says this. Thirst is a lack of the liquid needed to sustain life and thirsty is a need to drink something. If you look up the word thirst in Hebrew, you will see that it signifies a strong spiritual desire. So in essence when Jesus said in John 19:28, “I thirst,” He was saying, “I thirst for my daddy.” This is why when the soldiers put the vinegar soaked sponge to Jesus’ lips, bible says in John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

Beloved, what do you thirst for? It is to be famous or faithful? Do you thirst to be greedy or grateful? Do you thirst after the word or the world? Do you thirst for that which can sustain your life or satisfy your momentary moment? What do you thirst after? As for me, I thirst for what I’ve been given access to that’s never-ending like Psalm 42:2, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Because I want to be one of those counted in the number that Revelation 7:14-17 speaks of when it shares, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. Never again will they hunger, and never will they thirst; nor will the sun beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to fountains of living water and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” This is what I thirst for. What about you?

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