An Agonizing Cry
"Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty'" (John 19:28).
This cry, the fifth statement from the cross, was not only a cry of personal agony and physical pain, but also a cry of deep spiritual need - a thirsting for the presence and fellowship of God the Father during their separation on the cross.
Two days prior to the crucifixion, our Lord Jesus went through a tremendous amount of tension and apprehension. First, there was the upper room where He told His companions of three years that one of them was about to betray Him.
That was followed by Gethsemane, where our Lord was sweating blood, asking the Father if there was some other way that this cup could pass. Then there was the tension and the apprehension of His arrest in Gethsemane. Following His arrest, He was dragged back and forth from one place of interrogation to another for a total of six interrogations. Jesus was then flogged before being hung on the cross with nails tearing His hands and feet.
No wonder His soul was anguished with the cry of physical thirst! It was the anguish of His thirst - a fulfilled prophecy from Psalm 69:21 - that assures us that He will never turn down one who comes to Him crying, "Lord, save me." If you have ever doubted that the Lord has heard your cry of surrender, meditate on His cries from the cross, and be assured that He will always hear you.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the reminder today that You will always hear me. Thank You for the incredible suffering You endured in order to make a way for me to come to You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry" (Psalm 10:17).
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