Journey to the Cross–April 2

Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” (Jn. 19:28, NIV)

Such simple, plaintive words: “I am thirsty.” Stay with those words for a while. Picture Jesus on the cross. If you dare, put yourself at the foot of the cross and look up at Him. Hear Him say those three words of most basic, human need. See Him looking into your eyes. How do you respond to His vulnerability? What thoughts go through your mind? What emotions stir your heart?

This Jesus who was forsaken so that you might be forgiven, who was condemned so that you might be accepted, was also thirsty so that you might have living water (see Jn. 4:7-13, 7:37-38). He invites you to dip into water that quenches thirst, gives life, cleanses, refreshes, comforts, and heals. What do you want to say to Him? About His thirst? His humanity? His offer of living water? His love for you? Your love for Him? Take time tell Him whatever you’re feeling and thinking.

Then, as you go through your day today, pay attention to your thirst. Before you reach for your water bottle or coffee cup, take a minute to remember Jesus in a way that will be meaningful to you—and to Him.

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