March 21, 2008
“…I am thirsty…” (John 19:26)
Nice cars. Several houses. A high-paying job. A successful career. A beautiful family. None of those was enough to keep Martin from pulling the trigger to finally end his life on that warm April night. His reason? The emptiness within was too much.
Martin is a fictional character but he can well represent perhaps millions of people all over the world today. Those who are lonely. Those in despair. Those in pain. Those who are hopeless.
And you don’t just find them in hospitals, orphanages, prison cells or war-ravaged areas. They’re everywhere. From the slums of Tondo to the skycrapers of Makati. From the fields of Ethiopia to the towers of New York. From the sewers of India to the palaces of England. They’re there. Crying. Hurting. Thirsting.
Yes, thirsting. No wonder Jesus echoed what humanity feels on that first Good Friday when he said:
“…I am thirsty…” (John 19:26).
Jesus was one with humanity during that hour. Just before 3pm on that first Good Friday, Jesus was completely in union with humanity. Because on that day, Jesus tasted what he never did during his lifetime: sin. You see, Jesus was in every way human except that he has no sin. But on that day, all the sins of humanity fell upon his shoulders.
“…God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God…” (2 Cor. 5:21)
Jesus not only took on our sins, but he became sin for us. I believe his thirst wasn’t just on the physical level. It was a spiritual thirst, the kind of thirst the world experiences because of sin. It is the thirst for meaning, righteousness, peace, and love which we can only have if we have God in our lives.
Today, I invite you to thirst again for God. Seek Him. Return to Him. Invite Him back into your life. Jesus Himself said:
“…I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty…” (John 6:35)
I leave you now with the Master. Go to Him. Drink deep, friend. He alone can quench your thirst.
A blessed Good Friday!
I remain, your friend in Christ,