The fourth of Jesus’ seven last words on the cross:

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst,” (John 19:28, ESV).

Here we see Jesus’ humanity.  He suffered and experienced all of the pain and hardship that anyone of us would have suffered if we were in His place.  He didn’t take any shortcuts.  His pain wasn’t eased.  God who created the water was denied the water he desired to quench his thirst.

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  1. He showed us one last time His humanity, His human condition in the face of human suffering. I will not say frailty because He was incredibly strong to survive to this point on the cross. But one last reminder that He came to earth as one of us.

  2. Yes, the Lord was denied the very water He created just as the Father grew the tree that He know His Son would be nailed to. How can we even fathom so great a love? What kind of God do we serve? I am just dumbfounded and perplexed by such awesome love. I know how much I love my children and yet if I had the power to grow a tree that I knew my son or daughter would die upon, I'm not so sure I would allow it to grow. And to add to it we also have the Bible; a love story that shows the Father's pursuit of mankind from start to finish. It's a pursuit that shows the love of the Father for His children. He is always pointing to Jesus whereby we can be saved and have that restored fellowship with the Father that He so very much desires. And this restoration came through the act of Jesus coming to earth and joining humanity for 33 short years and then being brutalized and crucified in the name of love. Thank you Father for Your great love for me.

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