Jesus lived as we do, facing what we face, so we could live as He lives, overcoming what we face.
John 19:28 – After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
In John 4, we read of an interesting encounter with Jesus. He was in Samaria, not among His own in Judea. Apparently, He had been on a ministry journey with His disciples, and to return home, had chosen to travel through Samaria. His disciples had gone into a village to buy food, and Jesus remained behind at a well. When a Samaritan woman came to the draw water at an unusual time of day to, no doubt, avoid the ridicule and derision of other women, Jesus broke all the protocols. He spoke to her; something no self-respecting Jewish male would do to a Samaritan woman. He asked her to give Him water; something no self-respecting Jewish male would ask of a Samaritan woman. He ministered to her in the spirit and in truth; something no self-respecting Jewish male would do to a Samaritan woman. But what I would have you focus on is that when Jesus, apparently being thirsty, asked for water, the first thing He received was amazement, doubt, and even a rebuke for violating the normal protocols that existed between the Jews and the Samaritans.
Now let us travel to another day. Once again, Jesus was among those who were not of His culture; this time it was the Romans. His disciples, as in Samaria, were gone away some other place; perhaps looking on from far off. And once again, He was thirsty. And once again, He asked for something to drink. In Samaria, He received drink FROM people outside of covenant (though the water was created by Father). But this time, on the Cross, He received drink OF a people outside covenant (a drink prepared by the hands of man). In Samaria, He used His thirst to save a life. At Calvary, He used His thirst to make salvation available to the whole world. Early in His ministry, Jesus had declared, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Jesus knew what it was to hunger and thirst after righteousness; that was His way of life. I am so glad that He chose to become sin for us, that He chose to drink of a cup He preferred to NOT drink because He loved us. I am so glad Jesus took our place, being tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. I am so glad His thirst for righteousness was not just for His own righteousness, but for ours as well. I am so glad He took His thirst for righteousness BEYOND Samaria.
Manna for Today – John 19:28-30; John 4:1-26