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."
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.