Jul 31, 2014

I’m So Thirsty…

Have you ever been thirsty; I’m mean REALLY thirsty? What made you thirsty: was it lack of water? Was it a dream? Was it a lust for something that you wanted? Was it a drug or a vice a good strong drink of alcohol? Or was it simply pretzels?
I digress as I think of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer has a one line speaking part as an extra in a Woody Allen movie.
“So I’m sitting there with Woody and I say, I turn to him and I go, “Boy, these pretzels are making me thirsty.”
So what did you do to relieve the thirst? What did you throw yourself into? What did you use? Did anything you tried REALLY work…and for how long? How did it work for you when you tried to dig your own well?
 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)
Today, I have some HOPE: Today you can finally satisfy your thirst; you can finally be filled and you can be full. Would you like to know how?
One of the shortest statements that Jesus said is in John 19 verse 28;
 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
Even Jesus KNEW what it was like to thirst; REALLY thirst!
This same Jesus who cried out, saying, 
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (See John 7:37-39)
He KNEW- really knew - what it was like to thirst as He hung on the cross that would eventually take His life (spoiler alert: In case you haven’t read the Bible, Jesus eventually is buried and is resurrected and is now seated at the right hand of the Father)
What difference does it make that Jesus knew what it is like to thirst?
The best people in my life who have helped me the most are the very ones who went through similar addictions and temptations and sinned; yes, real sin! It made a difference to me because I knew that they understood; they didn’t excuse or justify; they simply understood. And so I could trust them when they said they were there to help me and that they would pray for me.
We are told in the Bible that Jesus intercedes for us (Romans 8:34) and we are exhorted to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16).
To know that the One who is praying for me (and you) understands what I (and you) go through; REALLY go through as we thirst for things and people and situations and lusts that can NEVER really satisfy us for very long – it makes all the difference in the world!
I want someone that understands because He too thirsted! Hebrews 4 says;
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
My friend; I’m not sure what is making you thirsty; it may be a lack of water or a dream or a lust for something that you wanted. It may be a drug or a vice or a good strong drink of alcohol. Or it may be simply pretzels…
But TODAY this same Jesus who thirsted on the cross as He was dying for your sins and mine is still crying out an invitation to come to Him today.
He longs to satisfy you with REAL water from One who knew what it is like to thirst:
“…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
He is waiting for your response. Aren’t you tired of trying to satisfy you own thirst? He simply wants you to come to Him and ask Him and He will provide.