March 31 2019 | Kyle Brenon | Psalm 22:1
“They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” Psalm 69:21
This week we continue with week 5 of our sermon series “Last Words” as we take a closer look at the final 7 sayings of Jesus from the cross. In John 19:28, after the sins of the world had been placed on His shoulders, and after crying out to the Father in torment knowing that He had turned away from Him, “Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’”
There is a lot to be said about these two simple words, and a lot for us to consider. Jesus suffered from a real, deep physical thirst. One that was brought about through the suffering of the punishment that we deserved. Jesus also suffered in that moment, from a true, deep spiritual thirst. One He had never experienced before. He suffered this on our behalf as well, so that we would never have to.
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said, “I thirst.” 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. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
“my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.”