Be refreshed this Easter
Have you ever had a dry mouth? A number of things can prompt that dryness. The most common reason is that our body is telling us it needs more fluid to keep us healthily hydrated. Anxiety and stress can cause a dry mouth too, as can some serious health issues. The experience of being thirsty is uncomfortable, particularly if a cool, refreshing drink is not immediately to hand.
According to John, one of the things Jesus said from the cross just before he died was ‘I am thirsty’ (John 19:28). What an insight into the humanity of our Lord. Those who are close to death often need their mouths moistened to ease their discomfort.
There is an irony in these words from Jesus as he dies in our place. He is the one who regularly invites those who are thirsty to come to him (John 6:35; 7:37). He says to the woman he meets at a well that if she drinks of the water he gives she will never thirst again (John 4:14). She misunderstands and thinks Jesus is referring to water he will get from the well with a bucket.
However, Jesus is responding to a much deeper thirst in the woman. It’s not surprising that we use ‘thirst’ and ‘thirsty’ to describe longings in our lives for something more than water. There can be a dryness in our inner being that longs for something to assuage our thirst for meaning, for significance, for love. Can Jesus really quench this level of thirst?
According to John, Jesus says one more thing before he dies: ‘It is finished!’ (John 19:30 NIV). Here we glimpse the divinity of Jesus as ‘With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit’ (John 19:30 NIV). The Saviour of the world willingly surrenders his life for our sake. It is only as fully human and fully divine that he can achieve for us what we cannot achieve for ourselves – reconciliation with the living God.
All we remember and celebrate this Easter gives us confidence to respond eagerly as ‘The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.’ (Rev 22:17 NIV).
Wishing you a deeply refreshing Easter!