Lent: A Time for Reflection


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Have you ever experienced true thirst—a thirst so great you would have given anything for a cool drink of water?

In John 19:28-29, we read that Jesus is nearing the end. He knew it was almost finished. He had been hanging on the cross after being beaten and humiliated and no one had offered Him a drink. According to John, it was in order to fulfill scripture (Psalm 69:21) that Jesus called out from the cross, “I am thirsty.”

But it wasn’t a glass of refreshing cool water His tormenters gave Him. Scripture says, “A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.”

In Day 37 of Adam Hamilton’s book, 40 Days of Reflection, the author reflects on other references to water. “In Jeremiah 2:13 and again in 17:13, God called himself ‘the fountain of living water.’”

We read in John 4 that when Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman, He offered her “living water” by which she would never be thirsty again.

While estimates vary, we can go three weeks or more without food but only three to four days without water, depending on the conditions. Longer in cooler weather and a shorter amount of time in the broiling hear. Water is essential for all living creatures. However, the Living Water is even more essential for us to grow more Christ-like.

Pastor and author John Piper once said, “The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is so small.”

Thank the Lord today for His Living Water. Ask Him to give you a thirst for more of Him in your life.

Read the following scripture today as you continue on this 40-day lent journey: John 19:28-29.

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