Presbyter message

Dear People of God,

As the Passion Week and Jesus' resurrec on fall in the month of April, let us look to God, recalling Jesus' life and ministry at the Passion narra ves. Of all things Jesus su ered, the fact of his thirst seems most inconsistent. At the beginning of His ministry, he began his conversa on with a Samaritan woman by asking her for a drink (John 4: 7). He used His request as a means of talking with her about His kingdom and to give her living water. Those who drink of this eternal water will never thirst again. How significant that Jesus began His ministry by asking for water, and now ends it by asking for water. Meanwhile, He used thirst as a theme in many instances. What a great common denominator thirst is for both the body and the soul. Although Jesus' cry "I thirst", seems mild when compared to the other brutalioes inflicted upon Him, in reality, it may have been the greatest. To die of thirst is one of the cruelest deaths. At the beginning of Jesus' ministry He hungered and was tempted by Satan. Here at the end He is thirsty. Do you recall  mes when you have been extremely thirsty? It is one of the emp est feelings a person can have; we seem helpless.


In answer to Jesus' plea, the soldiers gave Him vinegar to drink. Vinegar was the common drink of the Roman army and was most likely to be on hand at the moment. We read elsewhere that Jesus was o ered a di erent drink, but refused it. He was o ered a medicated po on, wine mingled with Myrrh, to deaden His pain. Jesus refused to meet death in a state of stupefac on. Jesus refused because he would conquer sin, not through the flesh, but through the Spirit. Had He escaped from pain and su ering through some kind of medica on, He would not have borne our sins completely. The vinegar or sour wine he received was merely a refreshing draught and did not in any way deaden the pain or make Him su er less for our sins. It is easy to say, "let us now go even unto Bethlehem", but it is not so en cing to stand at the foot of the cross and hear the Saviour cry. Psalm 69 certainly a foreshadowing of this dreadful event. Jesus iden fied with it. When He quoted it, he was saying that He Himself was the very heartbeat of this ancient Hebrew hymn. Jesus iden fied Himself with all the hope Israel ever had in Messiah. His cry became a sigh in a dry and thirsty land. "I thirst", was the only cry of physical weakness, Jesus u ered, but there is something most sincere and a rac ve about one who is not ashamed to voice His weakness and pain. And that cry s ll con nues. Definitely it is a thirst for souls.


I wish a Happy Easter to all of you. He has su ered, crucified, buried and has risen. Have faith in Him. And He will always be there for you. The great gi  of Easter is Hope. Let the hope, ins ll in you to follow the resurrected Christ.


Rev. Aby K Thomas

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