The thirst is real today. And it’s been real since almost the beginning of time. I have it, and you have it as well. Whether you know it or not, whether you admit it or not, the thirst is real.
Thirst comes naturally to our physical bodies. And it’s natural and accepted to quench that thirst. If you go to almost any restaurant, water is given out free. You could get a nice lemonade, but pay a pretty penny for it. But water, water on the other hand is such a necessity to humans that it will not cost you money to get water from a restaurant. As far as basic human necessities go, water is up there with food and breathing. Probably second place, so congrats water.
There is also the ‘thirst’ of lust and of love. Like the burning of our throats, our bodies and souls can burn with desire. Teenagers and 20 somethings say that they ‘thirst’ for one another, physically and emotionally. And this thirst is not so easy to quench and you cannot get it at a restaurant. Well, you could buy some sweet lovin’ but that’s like getting soda-you will only become more thirsty. No person can completely fulfill you, that’s why even after falling in love, there always seems to be something missing. Perhaps at first, an exciting new relationship can feel like water in a desert, but in time the well dries up, it changes, it can never completely meet our needs. It will never fulfill us, especially if we treat the other as an object to slake our thirst.
Yet, the need remains, not only the desire of our bodies but more importantly the desire for love remains, an ever-growing thirst in our inner being. We get sips of love from our friends and family but never the endless fount we desire. Does the fount of fulfillment even exist? Is it simply human to always become thirsty again?
As a human, Christ experienced thirst as well: physically, emotionally and spiritually; He experienced everything that we experienced but sin. Hanging on the cross, dying for our sins, whipped, berated, lonely, hurting, Christ cries out in John’s Gospel (19:28) ‘I thirst.’ He is about to die. Physically He thirsts because the soldiers first priority wasn’t giving Him water while dragging Him to Calvary, But it’s not His physical thirst we are to concentrate on. Like all Christ does, it has a deeper meaning. Don’t stop at the cross, you won’t reach the resurrection. He was thirsting for love. He was thirsting for us. He is God and has no needs, but as a human He felt our thirst: our thirst for fulfillment, acceptance, and love. (Hebrews 2:17-18) And in His Divinity, He created us to be with Him, and only there will we find more fulfillment than our souls could ever hold. Since He took that thirst on Himself on the cross, and then conquered it through His death and resurrection, we need not fear or feel anxious about the thirst anymore. He will fill it.
Remember the woman at the well in John’s Gospel? She was thirsty, physically and emotionally. She had five husbands and was living with another man. Sound thirsty to you? And did Christ leave her thirsty at the well? No, Christ promised, and is, her ‘living water.’ Anyone who drank that water, took Him into their lives, needn’t to go to the well again.And this woman, recognized that neither the physical well nor the men could make her completely happy. She goes out, leaves her bucket, and calls others to Jesus, so they may all be thirsty no more. (John 4: 1-42)
He promises the same to us. We go to the same wells every day, trying to to get rid of our thirst. Let Him fill us, and we will never be disappointed. Surprised maybe, pushed to the limit, but never disappointed.