Lent Devotions 2012: Friday 23rd March

“Later, knowing that all was now completed and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’” John 19:28

The scene is the gruesome one of the crucifixion of Jesus.

The Roman soldiers had taken charge. John, whose gospel we are reading, was there with Mary, Jesus’ mother and some other women. Jesus, even in His anguish, shows love and care of His mother, that she be looked after by John.

When Jesus says,”I am thirsty” who is He talking to? Is He asking the soldiers for a drink, speaking to His friends or to His Father in heaven? Apart from physical thirst due to dehydration Jesus thirsted for the completion of His work on earth and the fulfillment of His Father’s plan, foretold in Scripture.

This is very nearly the end of Jesus’ life on earth. He died to destroy the power of death; to reconcile us to God, bring us into a relationship with Him and gain for us the resurrection of the body.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace. Amen.