Mat 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
John 19:28 “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.”
That the Scripture might be fulfilled, He said, ‘I thirst.’ Jesus was thirsty on the Cross.
Have you ever been thirsty? Have you ever lost your Internet connection? Have you ever left your phone somewhere? Have you ever gone without electricity for a while?
The human body is 60% water. Water was one of the first things God created. Man cannot live without water. Expelling energy and heat leaves us dry; lack of humidity in the air causes dryness. Stress and fatigue can cause dryness.
For Jesus, He didn’t sleep much the night before He was crucified. He prayed all night. The Romans devised an excruciating death. It was one of the most distressing circumstances a person could experience. A fever probably raged, insupportable thirst, so much pain.
A Turkish officer was crucified. Another who watched noted that he begged the people for water. Water was flowing all around him. He complained only of thirst, not the pain, just want for water.
Jesus was offered a drink on the cross and refused it and later offered a drink again and He took it. Once was mir, to dull the pain, the other was a poison. Jesus spit out the pain killer. He chose to go through the suffering with a clear mind, fully conscious. Jesus endured the full punishment.
Something about Jesus being thirsty made it into the Bible. There was so much that wasn’t included, yet Jesus’ thirst made it. Why?
One of the cruelties of crucifixion is great thirst.
Psalm 69:21 “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
Jesus was 100% human and 100% God. Jesus was thirsty.
The Israelites complained to Moses.
Deut 8:3 “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.”
It’s not about surviving with physical things, but we need God’s Word to live. We need not only physical but spiritual. We need God’s righteousness. We’ve got to thirst for God’s righteousness.
In the gospel of John, there’s more about water than in any other gospel. Jesus was baptized, then turned water into wine. Jesus met a Samaritan woman who was sitting at a well. He told her some stuff about water. ‘If you knew who I was, you would ask Me for water.’
As good as your momma’s cooking is, you’ll need some more tomorrow. In Jesus, you can have living water that will completely and forever quench your thirst.
If you understand history, you know that you don’t go to a well at noon. You go in groups in the morning. This woman first was alone and came at an odd time. Jesus knew all of this.
Jesus talked to her and, in order to help her understand, He needed to touch her where it hurt first.
John 6:35 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
How would it be if every time you were hungry or thirsty, you could reach into yourself and have those needs met? This is what Jesus offers you. This is the power of the Holy Ghost. You have everything you need all the time, but you’ve got to learn how to tap into it.
Your number one priority in life is to be saved, get your thirst quenched, but Jesus doesn’t stop there. He gives you an unlimited supply of water. Jesus wants you to be rivers of living water for other people. Everybody is hungry and thirsty. If you receive it from Jesus, you can get so full that the rest of the world will come. He wants you to have a well, for you and everybody around you.
There was a woman broken. She didn’t even realize the need that only Jesus could satisfy.
People today look to have their needs satisfied in relationships or food or money or other pursuits, but only Jesus satisfies fully.
Psalm 63:1 “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”
People want to get the shame and misery out of their lives. So, they do drugs or drink alcohol or do other things. You’ve got to crave Jesus like addicts desire their fix.
My soul looks for the Lord as for water in a desert.
Jesus said, ‘If any man thirst, let him come to Me.’
First, you must decide why you are here. Israel forgot God and hewed out broken cisterns. They were playing church.
Jer 2:13 “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
God couldn’t even fill those containers because they were broken. Their thirst was in other places.
Little children sometimes get full on junk food so they aren’t hungry when dinner is ready. Don’t get spiritually filled up on junk food. Beware ‘junk food’ and be willing to wait for dinner. Come to the table hungry.
On Sunday or whenever you read the Bible, don’t snack on the things of the world so you aren’t hungry for the things of God. Don’t forsake God and go after other things.
Don’t reject the Living Water.
Tradition and sin will cause you to not be hungry for the things of God.
When you come to the Lord for fulfillment, it’s clean, it’s good, it lasts longer. It doesn’t allow you to become sick. You’ll be able to take what the world throws at you because you’ve got what you need. You will lack nothing. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.’ I have no lack.
Jesus said, ‘You’re thirsty, come to Me.’ He gives more than enough.
The woman at the well left her bucket and went running and told everybody in Samaria about Jesus. She had better water. Philip came to that city later and it was ready for revival. Nothing can replace the hunger and the thirst for Almighty God.
Isn’t it something, the One who said, ‘I am the Bread of Life’ said, ‘I’m thirsty.’ It was to fulfill Scripture, yet was recorded physically. People lifted up a branch of hyssop and offered Jesus a sip of vinegar. People started to get it. They remembered the prophecy. They used a hyssop branch and spread blood over their doorposts for the first Passover. Jesus became you and you became free. Jesus is thirsty and you are not because He took your place.
If you are thirsty, you will be filled. Jesus is all-sufficient. He will take it all. He will be thirsty in your place.
We have a need as humans for God. There’s a God-sized hole in your heart only He can fill. It’s cheesy, but it fits. Nothing can quench your thirst like Jesus can. For that woman at the well, she searched and searched to quench that need, to be loved and accepted. Jesus was the One who finally fulfilled that need. He loved her and accepted her and saved her soul.
You may be looking and trying and experimenting and coming up short every time.
There is the Song of the Redeemed. It’s the song of Moses.
Isaiah 12:2-3 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Jesus is Salvation. You can drink from these waters and never thirst again. There are Word and experience with Jesus. Jesus is that living water. He will quench your thirst.
You can dry out and need to be filled again. God will restore you if you drink.
You’ve got to be thirsty. Come to Jesus by turning from things that aren’t of Him. You can’t have bitterness in your heart and forgiveness from God. You can’t have both. You’ve got to come to Him and drink.
John 7:37-38 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
There is something about believing and obeying the Word of God that triggers the flow. Obedience coupled with faith causes flow.
Jesus never called an altar call. If you want to be refilled and the waters of God to flow, seek it now.
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- As you reflect on Sunday’s sermon, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp? Why?
- If Pastor Anthony had to give an abbreviated version of Sunday’s message, what two points or ideas would you tell him to include no matter what? Why?
- Read 2 Cor 3:5-6 “Yet we don’t see ourselves as capable enough to do anything in our own strength, for our true competence flows from God’s empowering presence. 6 He alone makes us adequate ministers who are focused on an entirely new covenant. Our ministry is not based on the letter of the law but through the power of the Spirit. The letter of the law kills, but the Spirit pours out life.” What is God’s ‘empowering presence’? How does He make us ‘adequate ministers’? How is the new covenant different from the old and what does that mean for your life?
- What hinders the flow of God’s Spirit in your life? What can you do to change that?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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