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“I Thirst.”

John 19:28–29 ESV
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.
John 19:28 ESV
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”
John 19:28

“I Thirst.”

Since the beginning of Lent we’ve been looking at the Words of Jesus from the Cross.
I hope this series has been as rich for you as it has been for me.
We’ve heard the words of Jesus.
“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
and we talked about forgiveness and the importance of asking for it, but also the importance of saying the words of, “I forgive you.”
“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
and we talked about hope.
"Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!"
and we talked about true religion caring for the orphan and the widow, and for each other.
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
and we talked about the seriousness of sin, and how we need to take it seriously.
And now we read these words:
“I thirst.”
Could there be any more fundamental statement that anyone of us could say.
We can only live a few days without water. You can live weeks without food.
Liquid nourishment is the basic of all of our needs.
Our bodies are 50-65% water.
We read from Genesis we were made of dust, … and if we go back before that we read of the spirit of God hovering over the waters.
Let’s read the whole verse again:
John 19:28 ESV
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”
After this...
After what?
We’re reading John’s account and in his account Jesus has just given responsibility for his mother to His disciples, John.
We’ve talked about that already.
Then John writes,
“Jesus, knowing that all was now finished...”
This is an important statement. Jesus understands that his ministry here on earth is coming to a close.
The healings,
The rebuking of spirits,
the casting out of demons,
the calling for repentance of sinners
the chastising of the religious leaders
all of this was now finished.
So he says “to fulfill Scripture...”
Last week I challenge you all to look at , which comes directly before the famous Shepherd’s Psalm, the 23rd Psalm.
When we read we read:
Psalm 22 ESV
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” 9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. 10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help. 12 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— 17 I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; 18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. 19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! 20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! 21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen! 22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. 25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. 26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. 28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. 30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; 31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.
There is no place in Scripture where we read “I thirst” other than in this spot. So what Scripture is this to fulfill?
It is alluded to perhaps in the statement from
Psalm 22:15 ESV
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
or perhaps
Psalm 69:3 ESV
3 I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.
But neither of these specifically have the words, “I Thirst”...So how does that fulfill Scripture?
Let’s keep reading.
John 19:29 ESV
29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.
This wine was not the wine that was mixed with myrrh that was used as a sedative and that Jesus was offered and refused on his way to the cross, this is the sour wine that the soldiers used to quench their thirst.
They put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch...
The hyssop branch is what was used to sprinkle the blood on the doorposts at the original Passover.
If you remember that time in Israel’s history, the angel of death was about to come throughout Egypt. The Israelites were told to make a sacrifice to God and sprinkle the blood of the lamb on the door posts of their home. Then the Angel of Death would Passover their homes.
In his death on the cross, Jesus is paying the price, becoming the passover lamb. By his stripes we are being made whole.
This takes us all back to the Lord’s Supper, something we would normally commemorate on the first day of each month.
John 4:14 ESV
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
- Jesus describes himself as the living water.
- Jesus describes himself as the living water.
Matthew 26:27–28 ESV
27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:27-28
Wine represent Jesus Blood,
The sacrifices for sin.
That’s not such a long distance off when you also read t
This is Jesus fully becoming the sacrificial lamb that takes away the sins of many.
The blood -
Jesus blood is being poured out -
When he said that he was referring to the wine, and now win
The final part of this is in the statement
Thirst - wine, blood of the covenant, the price of the covenant
Jesus blood represent the wine a
Lastly we have
Thirst - Living water - water that gives life.
Do you see how this is fulfilling Scripture?
Back in the OT we read of sacrifices for the Israelites sins.
The wage of sin was death, and so the blood became the insurance so to speak that covered them
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