The Word of Distress
What are you thirsty for? What desire goes unsatisfied, so that you thirst for it always? Have you tried to quench your thirst with material things? You spend money you do not have to purchase things that will not satisfy. Yet, the thirst remains, so you keep spending. You thirst for love and relationship, so you give your body away, and settle for lust rather than waiting for covenantal love. So your thirst remains. We thirst for significance, for meaning, for happiness, yet the more we have, the more we drink from every worldly fountain, the more we thirst!
In the gospel of John, Jesus cried out from the cross “I thirst,” so that the deepest thirst of humanity might be fully satisfied. We can have our deepest thirst fully satisfied in Christ. How does the cross of Christ fully satisfy our deepest thirst? The text gives three ways that Christ fully satisfies our deepest thirst.