Summary: Now I acknowledge the fact that in the natural order it sounds foolish, even funny to talk about Water being Thirsty! Who ever heard of water getting dry and needing a drink? What could quench the thirst of water? If water got thirsty, what would it ask f
I ask that You order my steps in Your Word; that you temper my temperament as I teach the text; that You pace my passion as I pull and promote proven principles from this powerful passage; and that You allow my proclamation to be powered by purpose. I offer this petition in the Almighty Name of the Amen, Jesus Christ, Your Only Begotten Son. Amen.
My hearers, I invite you to open your Miracle Book, the Bible, to the Gospel According to John the Theologian, Chapter 19 verses 28-30. (Read).
I want to highlite this headline: “When Water Thirsts”
Let us be prepared to take off our feet of clay our shoes of sensuality, pumps of pride and loafers of luxury for we are about to stand on holy ground. Jesus the Just is hanging on the Cross of Calvary dying, uttering His Seven Last Sayings before He bows His head and gives up the ghost. Let’s de-shoe ourselves for the ground is truly holy. Grandma would say, “Oh sometimes it causes me to tremble, to tremble, to tremble!” So, trembling yet believing we approach this sacred spot on which The Living Water Thirsts.
Now I acknowledge the fact that in the natural order it sounds foolish, even funny to talk about Water being Thirsty! Who ever heard of water getting dry and needing a drink? That does sound funny, doesn’t it? We are not in the habit of attributing thirst to water. To animals and plants, yes. To the soil and crops, yes. To ourselves and other human beings, yes. But we are not known for expressing thirst in relation to water! We think of water as quenching thirst and not of water as being thirsty itself. And if we did think in terms of water being thirsty, then the question would eventually arise: What could quench the thirst of water? If water got thirsty, what would it ask for? What would satisfy its thirst?
But let me dismiss this issue as being foolish and a waste of good time. Let me remind you that we are not dealing with the natural order of things. We are dealing with the eternal and actual. We are not to look at, as believers, the things which are seen but at the thing which are not seen. Why? Because the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. Therefore, we are dealing with the eternal, the things not seen with the natural eye. The unseen truth, then, is that WATER DOES THIRST. For we have it recorded and revealed right here in our Text in verse 28; for it says that Jesus said, “I Thirst.”
Wait a minute, Brother Harris! Are you trying to equate Jesus to Water? Yes I am! You do recall that among the I Am Sayings of Jesus that He expressly called Himself that. Included in the ‘I Am Sayings of Jesus’ of “I Am the Light of the world, I Am the Bread of Life, I Am the Door of the Sheep, I Am the Good Shepherd, I Am the True Vine, I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life” is also His Saying “I Am the Living Water.” Said He, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Said He to the Samaritan Woman at the well, “If thou kneweth the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.” Yes, I am equating Jesus to water; for in a very real sense, He is water in dry places. Because in the wilderness the children of Israel “did all drink that same spiritual drink, for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ Jesus.” Said David in Psalms 42:1-2, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the Living God.” And in Psalms 63:1 said David, “my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is …” And then it is prophesied of Christ in Psalms 72:6 that “He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.” Yes, I do contend that JESUS IS LIVING, LIFE-GIVING, LIFE-SUSTAINING WATER EVEN IN A DRY, BARREN LAND IN WHICH THERE IS NO WATER!
So I believe we need to examine this Statement of Jesus very closely for it just might yield some truths about His Person and Work that we haven’t as yet considered. Perhaps considering the thought “WHEN WATER THIRSTS” just might yield some seasoned meat and sincere milk. I wonder, Are you interested?