Words from the Heart for Thursday April 1st, 2021
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said … “I am thirsty.” 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.
John 19:28-29 (NRSV)
An article last year on the Convenience Store news website says that Canadians are thirsty for healthy beverages. In a recent presentation, Beverage Marketing Corporation noted: “Carbonated soft drinks… declined slightly for the 14th consecutive year, and declines have continued into 2019… more declines are likely to come in the years ahead (as) consumers are migrating to healthier options and want more variety.” In a recent poll, 41% said that healthfulness is an important factor in their decision to purchase beverages from a convenience store.
One day Jesus was in Samaria, visiting Jacob’s well, and a woman came by. Jesus used His conversation with her to teach a truth about His nature that has brought great blessing to all who follow Him. He invites her to give Him some water and then tells her, in John 4:13-14 that He is the water of life and all who drink of the water He offers the soul will never be spiritually thirsty again. He is the source of all life and His presence in our lives springs up within and pours out into the lives of others. Which makes Jesus’ statement in John 19:28-29 so shocking. Hanging on the cross, suffering excruciating pain and bearing the sins of the world, we read: “After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said … ‘I am thirsty.’ 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.” In His full humanity on the cross, Jesus cries out for refreshment. The One who is the source of life poured out His life for you and for me.
These have been words from the heart.