Maundy Thursday – Fulfilled
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 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. — John 19:28-29
We’ve all experienced times of thirst, some after a long work-out, others after too much coffee, and still others maybe after being outside for so long that you’d take anything to drink. A refreshing glass of water when you have cotton mouth is satisfying. Whatever you it is with which you quench your thirst, it can be so fulfilling.
Or at least momentarily. When the thirst is there, it is our body telling us that it needs to be replenished with healthy liquids, most often water. Because we’ve expended so much energy or been outside for extended periods of time or eaten something that dries our mouth out our bodies use thirst of this reminder.
On Maundy Thursday, Jesus gave a mandate (this is from where we get the word “maundy”) to His disciples—and us—to love one another. He then goes to the cross to demonstrate what exactly that kind of love can look like, sacrificing Himself for us because of His great love for us. As He’s approaching the fulfillment of scripture and what the Father had laid before Him, He experiences an unparalleled exhaustion.
Jesus’ body is beaten, bloody, and bruised. It is getting harder for Him to breath as He has to push up on the nails that have been driven through His feet to catch each breath. There, on the cross, He’s poured out everything on our behalf and thus says what we all feel: “I thirst.”
The kind of thirst that we all feel is a spiritual one, always looking for something to quench the emptiness, the loneliness, the longing. The thirst we have can only be fulfilled in Jesus. Everything else may taste good or give us satisfaction but all of it is momentary; it does not last. Jesus quenches our thirst with living water, making us new.