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April 9, 2019, 10:13 AM

Lenten Bible Study: Lesson 5


Lenten Bible Study Lesson 5: “I Thirst”

Read Scripture: John 19: 28-29

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.”

Hamilton mentioned that we are pain avoiders. He said…

“We don’t want to do something that is too difficult – Something that might risk my very life.”

“Redemptive work doesn’t always happen by taking the easy way.”

Reflections

Jesus took the uncomfortable way, the inconvenient way, the way most of us do not want to go. He also invites us to take the difficult path at times in our own lives. Read Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” What does it mean to deny self? To take up your cross daily?

 

Reflections

Hamilton discussed the accounts of the offer of drink to Jesus at his crucifixion.

  • Mark mentioned that he was offered wine mixed with Myrrh.
  • Matthew said it was mixed with gall.
  • After Jesus was nailed to the cross, Luke records that an offer of wine was given to him to taunt him.
  • The women who stood at the cross offered Jesus wine with poison in it, but he refused it.

 

Why do you think Jesus refused the drink from the women? Jesus was intentionally choosing to suffer – This was his mission. He did not wish to take the easy way.

Compare Jesus’ thirst in John 4:1-26 with his thirst in John 19:28-29. How did these two incidents have similar results?

 

Reflections

When we understand that on multiple occasions Jesus used the idea of drinking as a metaphor for the suffering he would endure, we see that Jesus’ words “I thirst” may have pointed to something deeper.

Think about what Jesus’ words may have been pointing toward ….

  1. His willingness to drink the cup of suffering, sin, and hate.
  2. The fact that the cup was now nearly empty – his time of suffering was drawing to a close.
  3. The fact that he had finished off the cup that his Father had given him – He had completed his mission to suffer and die on behalf of the human race.

 

Reflections

Hamilton state that Jesus words “I thirst” may have been intended for the people around him, or they may have been a prayer to God in which Jesus thirsted for God.

  1. What are you thirsting for first and foremost in your life? What do you hope will satisfy you?
  2. Could it be that the things we thirst for do not leave us satisfied for long? We are to thirst only for God!

 

Closing Comments

Today, we still can offer him a drink. We do this when we see those who are physically or spiritually thirsty and we risk the scorn of others or simply go out of our way to offer them a drink.

 

Prayer

Lord, be for me the source of Living Water. May my heart thirst after nothing as much as it thirsts after you. And may I, as one of your followers, extend water, both physical and spiritual, to all who are thirsty. Amen.

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