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Day 33 of Lent - Will You Respond to Jesus' Thirst?

By Jonathan Hoeldtke in Woodstown Presbyterian Church almost 6 years ago | 1260 views Link:

Day 33 of Lent

Title: “Will You Respond to Jesus’ Thirst?”


28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  John 19:28-30


Who are “they?”  In other words, who responded to Jesus’ thirst?  Who put the wine on the sponge and lifted it to His lips?  We assume “they” are the Roman soldiers.  But it is not explicitly clear.  Could it be John and Mary?  Was it the women with them?  One commentator suggests it was Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Council who had become sympathetic to Jesus’ mission.  He is the one who asked to secretly meet Jesus in the dark of the night to talk about being born again.  Was it Nicodemus now who decides to break away from the crowd and identify with Jesus publicly?  Author and preacher Adam Hamilton writes, “Regardless of who it was, someone had the courage to risk the scorn of the crowd and to offer Jesus a drink before he died.”


You have an opportunity to follow God’s will today.  You too have an opportunity to respond to Jesus’ thirst.  Jesus said, “When you have done it for the one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mind, you have done it for me.”  Matthew 25:40

This includes giving a drink to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothing to the naked, shelter to the homeless, a visit to those in prison.  It includes those who are spiritually thirsty and telling them where they can find living water.  It will be a risk.  Who is willing to break away from the crowd and join the cause of Jesus?

Suggested Prayer

Pray for those who are thirsty and for yourself that you will have the courage and love to respond to them. 


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