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Never thirsty again
Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
March 29, 2024

The thirstiest I’ve ever been was during my freshman year football practices. Our coaches would run us hard, and then the most glorious words were spoken: “Go get water.” I remember running to the hose and sticking my whole head and face in the stream. 

That, of course, is nothing compared to what our Lord experienced on the cross. One of the worst side effects of being nailed to a cross was raging thirst. Think of the emotional and spiritual struggle that increased his thirst. Judas betrayed him. His disciples deserted him. His countrymen condemned him. His own Father forsook him. Jesus bore the weight of the world’s guilt. As the apostle Peter said, “‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross” (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus did this for us. His reason for doing this—YOU. 

You are not a nameless, faceless number to God. The One who knows the number of hairs on your head went to the cross for you. He endured the shame, the suffering, the curse, and even the thirst for you. And in so doing, he won complete forgiveness and eternal life for you.

In Revelation, John describes the saints in heaven with these words: “‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. … For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’” (7:16,17). We will enjoy that tear-free, thirst-free place, that place of living water, because the Lamb endured the thirst of crucifixion for us.