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I am thirsty

12 Mar
I am thirsty

I am bread, light, door, shepherd, resurrection life, the way and the truth, true vine
These 7 traditional ‘ I am-s’ of Jesus in John’s Gospel point to, in fact begin within Exodus 3, where Moses meets the Father God in a burning bush,

‘“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian,  and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

Before The Lord Father God identifies himself, his name, as Yahweh, Moses moves toward God and he is moving toward fire.

Approaching Jesus, hearing and touching the Word, is to embrace a holy fire. This fire can cleanse or consume; can dispute and mar or purify. 

In a episode of the TV series ‘Rescue Me’ Firefighter Tommy Gavin arrives at a burning vehicle on the road. As the rescuers wash the car’s flames, they see a what was child on the side of road, thrown from the car, burnt beyond recognition. Some vomit immediately on seeing the form; no approaches the remain to cover. No one but Tommy. We never see the child’s form. The camera just shows us Tommy wrapping the remains in a blanket. We see him kneeing; holding tenderly – from the point of view of the child’s burnt body – this holocaust.

In Exodus 4 god meets Moses on the far side, the back side of the desert. Little can grow here. The heat is not delivered, except at night. Yet, Moses approaches the burning.

Moses, Tommy Gavin, lovers of the Word, can not stop approaching fire. The prophet Jeremiah tired, but could not, as he shares in Jeremiah 20:9,

9 “‘But if I say, “I will not mention his word
    or speak anymore in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
    a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
    indeed, I cannot.’”

Prophets must approach fire; hold and embrace it; not be afraid of being consumed by it. They must hear and speak. This is what Jesu did in his teaching on himself. John hears and shares his Lord’s teaching words in the ‘I am-s’. Each is a burning bush. And yet there is an eight ‘I am’. It is voiced out of a patched voice on the cross,https://www.google.com/amp/s/indycrowe.com/2019/02/13/the-7-i-am-statements-of-jesus-ot-background-nt-meaning/amp/
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “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
Jesus thrusts not just for a drink but for something more life quenching.
He thirsts for us.
He walked, loved, dies and will rise for us. His word purifies and cleanses. His life is his word; the Word made everlasting flesh. He thirsts for us. For me, for you.
He is living water. Everlasting – and he pours so we can drink and not thirst.
Approach him this Lent. Tell Him of your thirsts. And drink. Drink Jesus.

‘I thirst’

10 Apr

I have been meditating on the last words of Jesus. In John 19: 28 He says ‘I am thirsty.’ Preachers, poets, Christians and non believers have been touched by the sound of these words. Why?


Who hasn’t thirsted? Physically, for wine, for water? Emotionally, for love, for a touch?

And sometimes when our bodies thirst, we eat because we feel hungry. But we are actually in need of hydration. We misread our own bodies. We are in thirst.


The type of thirst Jesus calls out, speaks on the cross is a very human thirst. His open wounds have grown larger from His time on the cross. Fever would have racked his body.


His thirst is very human. He is in a moment of complete and utter humanity: He thirsts simply for water. The Creator God of the universe, He who created rain and rivers; dew and tears, thirsts. Fully God, at this, in this moment, my Jesus is fully, totally, human. What does this mean when the God of the universe who created and forms waters thirsts?


For me, His thirst reminds me of my flawed thirsting for moments past and future. That is what I thirst for: moments.  I live a great deal in some future or past time. In my future thirst, I am anxious and worried. In my past, I mourn over failures and missteps. I am sad. Parched, emotionally dry. But actually I am robbing myself of moments, of precious time. How?


I think about work I must do; people to love or convince to love me; I rush from thought to thought, emotion to emote and am lost in moments to come, or moments past. I thirst for something, some experience, some emotion I don’t have and never will have. Missed opportunities and missed people. Words not spoken; a touch not given or returned.  I am in spiritual thirst. Where, what will I drink? I must go back to Jesus and his thirst.


 Jesus thirsted on the cross so I would not thirst. He wants me to live each moment fully, with Him. And not just for a moment, but for all time, time eternal.


If I meditate each day on Him, on His thirst, I will never be thirsty. As I lift my eyes and heart, soul and mind to Him, then I will be, I am filled His love; by His agonies, His tender forgiveness, His words-teachings and parables- this life and death. It is for me.  Here is where I need to drink;


This Good Friday, thirst. Don’t drink for a specified limited time this day. Thirst for water; that tea; that wine or ale or for that part of your day; past or present, you can’t stop looking at.  Thirst a little to feel something, a hint, of what our Saviour felt. Then look on him. Meditate on why He thirsted.  He thirsted because He loved.

He loved, He loves; he thirsts; He died; and He rose. He satisfies in each and every moment. The question is- whose water will I drink when I thirst? Mine?  Or His?


Choose His. The God of All, When I really stop my thoughts and think on this, it is an easy choice. But I have to stop at his well, his cross. He, who promised the Samaritan woman at the well that she would never be thirsty again, filled that promise on the cross. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4: 14


He thirsted for you; for me. Drink.