John 19:28-29

5. “I am thirsty”
Reading: John 19:28-29

He is hung on the tree.
With this tree Jesus is just there.
Winds are blowing.
Little insects may be tickling his arms, but he doesn’t have power to move.

Like this tree, he is just there.
This tree also stops growing.
This tree used to grow looking for an angle and looking for the sun.
But now it stopped.
There is no water.

Jesus used to heal people and raise the dead.
But now he was just thirsty.

Then Jesus knew that everything had now been finished.
So, in order that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
A jar of wine vinegar was there.
So, they soaked a sponge in it.
They put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant.
Then they lifted it to Jesus’ lips.

A awhile ago, Jesus had said:
“I am the living water. Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
(John 4:14)

At this cross, there is nothing.
There is only a good memory.
There is only a good will.
There is no living water for him.
He was continually losing his power.
There is no heaven being opened.
There is no miracle out of dialogue between God and Jesus.
Struggling and weeping; only people look at him.

What does this cross require Jesus carry?
There are no spiritual or earthly enjoyments.

He had to pass this tormenting moment, in order to help many others come to wear white robes in heaven.
Forgiving someone else’s sin or repaying someone else’s sin is not easy at all.
Jesus knows this.


Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

If I have failed to perceive you when you have appeared in the face of a friend, if I have neglected to feed you when you have come with the hunger of a stranger, if I have not embraced you when you have sought me, if I have not laughed and played with you when you greeted me with the delight of a child, forgive me.

Open my eyes, my hands, my arms, my heart to know your appearing and to celebrate the flesh-shaped mystery of Emmanuel, God with us. Make my heart a dwelling place ready to delight at your appearing and to receive you.

Silent Prayers of Confession

Declaration of Pardon

Leader: Jesus Christ, you have given us your life.
All: Now we give you ours.
Leader: Forgive us for what we have been in the past.
All: Through you, what we shall be begins now.
Leader: Take us, renew and remake us.
All: May we be your living presence in this world.
Leader: Friends, let us believe the Good News of the Gospel.
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.


Call to Worship Psalm 57:7-11

O God, my heart is fixed:
My heart is quiet and confident.
I will sing and give praise.
Wake up, my soul!
Let us greet the dawn with song!
I will sing and give praise.

I’m thanking you, GOD, out loud in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.

The deeper your love, the higher it goes:
Your kindness and love is higher than the heavens.
Your faithfulness is higher than the skies.
Soar high in the skies, O God!
Cover the whole earth with your glory!