The Glory of the Cross 
In our penultimate meditation of this series we come to a consideration of the sayings of the cross (vv.26-30). John records three of the seven sayings from the cross, the first being a cry of sympathy in relation to His mother (vv.26-27).
The second saying was a cry of suffering, ‘I thirst’ (v.28). This was not a complaint. It was a statement of fact for this was true humanity undergoing unfathomed depths of suffering and shame. It was also a statement which fulfilled Scripture(Psalm 69.21). It is remarkable that this cry is recorded by John in a gospel that is full of water. ‘Water’ is mentioned 24 times in John, more than all the other gospels combined. ‘Fill the waterpots with water’ (John 2). ‘Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit’ (John 3). ‘There was much water there’ (John 3). ‘Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst’ (John 4). ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink’ (John 7). The One who is the fountain of living waters (Jer. 2.13) and spiritual rock from which the entire nation and their beasts drank (1 Cor. 10.4) is now thirsting. Why?
Remember the account of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16? The rich man died, was buried and went to hell. Being in torments he cried, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ The rich man experienced extreme thirst in hell as he endured the righteous judgment of a holy God against his sins. Make the application to Calvary. On the cross, the Lord Jesus was identified with our sins, so much so that the messianic Psalm 69 says, ‘My sins are not hid from thee’ (v.5). Thank God, Christ exhausted the judgment of a holy God in relation to oursinsand thus He cries ‘I thirst’. We must remember that the Lord Jesus never became sinful or uncleanon the cross. He offered Himself ‘without spot’ to God (Heb. 9.14); He was an ‘offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour’.
This Lord’s day morning, how blessed to think that Christ thirsted on the cross that we might drink the water of life and never experience the thirst we rightly and eternally deserved.
To be continued.