Words From the Cross- Part 5

The Tyndale Bible Dictionary states, “Perhaps in no place in the life of Jesus do we see His full humanity quite so clearly as here.”

Jesus lived as a man and suffered as a man; He could identify with human suffering on every level. At this point during His crucifixion, “Jesus knowing that all was now finished” expressed His thirst; however, it was not until He had done absolutely everything that brought Him to the cross for the purpose of completing God’s plan, that He gave any thought to His physical needs. Earlier He had been offered a wine mixed with myrrh, which would deaden His pain, and which He refused. Now, He accepted a cheap wine vinegar, which would in fact, increase His awareness of pain. Why? It is likely that Jesus wished to summon all of His strength to make His final declaration from the cross, and the vinegar would allow Him to be more alert.

Revelation 22: 17 immediately came to my mind when I read of His undoubtedly deep and intense physical and spiritual thirst: The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let him who hears say, “Come.” And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.” Indeed, Jesus thirsted so that believers could “come” and drink freely of the life He offers. Many more scriptures testify of our spiritual thirst that only He can quench; here are a few: