Good Amazing Morning Harvesters,
There are times when I am driving from Mitchell to Sioux Falls and back that I forget to bring something to drink. And after a long day running around the city, I realize man, am I thirsty? When I look in the cup holder, I realize I forgot my water...ugh...so do I just wait to get home or stop on the way. I can usually make it one more hour but sometimes I just HAVE to stop because I am so thirsty.
Jesus has been taken from the Garden of Gethsemane, moved all over town, beaten, tried, and convicted. He has carried His cross to the hill outside of the city to be crucified. There He has been nailed to a cross and hung to die before His accusers and the world. Even in the midst of all this we come to the end in John 19:28-30, "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
This is one of the two encounters that we see Jesus actually thirsty, needing something to drink. The second, is with the woman at the well in John 4. In this passage He asks the woman who He encounters at the well for something to drink. Both of these encounters remind us of His humanity. That even though He is God in the flesh, He is still fully human. I believe sometimes we forget that. Jesus felt, needed, ate and was tempted just as we do. That even though He is who He proclaimed to be He was still fully man.
His encounter at the well also reminds us that when it comes to others, needs require love and to move from being needy to needed. Meaning that it is a sift from help me all the time to being available to God to help others. That when we are available that the seeds that we plant in the hearts of others may not always be seen but to have hope that what has been planted will sprout and grow because in order for the seed to sprout and grow it requires us to have faith. Faith, even the smallest can see God work in amazing ways.
So I ask are you thirsty? Thirsty to be used of God to help others see that HE IS THE ANSWER? That you move from being needy to needed (available) to help others find the one who came, lived, died and rose again so that we may have life.
We will be closing out this series tomorrow and look forward to being with you as we begin Holy Week!
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene