Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, "I am thirsty." A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
—John 19:28-30 (NLT)
Jesus knew that what He had been sent to do was accomplished. Sin was defeated, and new life was the promise for anyone who would believe in Him. To fulfill the Scripture (Psalm 22:15; Psalm 69:2), He said, "I am thirsty." Yes, He was thirsty. He had been drained—had given everything. Jesus had exchanged His righteousness for our sin. He thirsted for what He had given. When He tasted the sour wine soaked in a sponge, He said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up His spirit. At that moment, the work of redemption was complete. Jesus thirsted no more. There was nothing left to be done to set us free. Resurrection life was the promise. The next move was ours—to believe.
That move is ours. We are to believe by faith. God credits Jesus' work on the Cross as our righteousness. He has forgiven us! We are free in His love! Salvation is a finished work. What Jesus accomplished on Calvary is an irrevocable gift. What He has given was given freely. It cannot be returned. It is for all time.
"And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life'" (Revelation 21:8, NLT)!
His thirst was for us. Our thirst is for Him. He gives freely from the springs of the water of life! We cannot work for what is free. There is nothing we have to do but believe in Him! Come and drink!
© 2019 Lynn Lacher