After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”As Jesus Christ hung on the Cross, He cried out, "I thirst". This is the recording of Jesus' second-to-last Words uttered before His death. Soon thereafter, He gave up the Ghost, crying out, "It is finished".
I've been meditating on Jesus' Words, "I thirst". Was Jesus dehydrated? Absolutely! Was His Body in torment for lack of water? Absolutely! But, there is a much deeper spiritual Truth here.
Jesus told us in His Beatitudes that blessed is the one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
...thirsts for righteousness...
The Biblical Word righteousness means to be in right standing with God.
Jesus had already taken the sins of mankind upon Himself while hanging upon the Cross. He was full of sin - your sin and mine. And because of that, He was no longer in right standing with His Father. God Almighty had to turn His Face away from His Son because God cannot look upon sin.
Jesus cries out that He thirsts after He had already cried out, "My God, My God why have You forsaken Me?"
Abandoned for the first time in Eternity.
In torment because He was no longer in right standing with His God.
And knowing the consequences of that.
Jesus cries out that He is thirsty just before His last Words of, "It is finished".
If our very last words were to be recorded for eternity, would they be words of crying out to God to make sure we were in right standing with Him before we took our last breaths?
Are we hungering and thristing after righteousness now as we go about our daily lives?
Because of Him and Unto Him,