“I thirst.” John 19:28

During crucifixion, the victim would experience an excruciating sense of thirst. The body tired and weakened and the effort to breath became agonising.

As we think about the timeline of Jesus’ crucifixion, the final few sayings of Jesus happen in quick succession, all sometime around 3pm. This means that for six long hours He has been hanging on the cross. The sun may have been hidden in darkness for three hours, but the heat would have intensified the unbearable thirst.

This short utterance, as the focus of our devotions today, helps to highlight for us the humanity of Jesus. Alongside His deity, these two natures wrapped up in the person of Jesus uniquely qualify Him to be our mediator. As both the Son of God and the Son of Man, he alone could bridge the gap between a holy God and sinful humanity (that's us).

There was also a fulfilment of prophecy in these words of Jesus, as this thirst was foretold in both Psalm 22 and Psalm 69. In fact, more than ten different Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in the Crucifixion of Jesus. This should help us to appreciate the authenticity of the Bible and understand that all of God’s promises can be relied upon.

One such promise is found in the conversation that Jesus had with the woman at the well in John 4. Jesus offers living water to those who believe in Him so that they will never thirst again. Billions of unreached people around the world have no idea that today is Good Friday; they have never heard that Jesus died for them and they are yet to learn of One who offers life-giving water.

As you reflect upon the crucifixion today, and appreciate all that Jesus has done for you, please pray for the billions throughout Asia who still thirst.

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