Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”

Individual Reflection

Prayer of Preparation

Heavenly Father,
I offer you my life today.  Help me to slow down and listen to You.  Please speak into my very being whatever you want me to hear today and transform me more into your likeness from our time spent together.  Help me to be obedient to follow through with whatever you ask of me.
Statement from the Cross #5
Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”-John 19:28

Thoughts of a Fellow Sojourner

     There is no question that Jesus experienced extreme thirst while being crucified.  Even through what he endured before his crucifixion, he would have lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and sweat.  Therefore, his statement, “I am thirsty” was, on the most basic level, a request for something to drink.  In response, the soldiers gave him “sour wine” which was a cheap beverage common among lower class people in the time of Jesus.  As he suffered, Jesus personified the pain of the people of Israel, which had been captured in the Psalms 69:20-21. “Their insults have broken my heart, and I am in despair.  If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me.  But instead, they give me poison for food; they offer me sour wine for my thirst.”  Jesus was suffering for the sin of Israel, even as he was taking upon himself the sin of the world.
     As I reflect on Jesus’ statement, “I am thirsty,” I keep thinking of my own thirst.  However, it’s not like the physical thirst of Jesus.  Rather, I am thirsty for him.  I think of his conversation with the woman at the well in John 4 and I realize that my soul yearns for the living water of Jesus.  While it pains my heart deeply that he had to go through the crucifixion, I rejoice in the fact that he suffered physical thirst on the cross — and so much more — so that my thirst for the water of life might be quenched once and for all.

Moment of Reflection

Take some time in silence for reflection, meditation, or simply to listen to what God wants to speak into you.

Written Response

Close your time by writing to God a response or plan for application.

Prayer of Consummation

Lord Jesus,
 As Your physical thirst was most certainly unbearable while hanging on the cross, we ask that you would  make our spiritual thirst for Your living water so unbearable that we must drink from its streams;
 Thank You Jesus for the physical pain you endured for us while on the cross;
 Teach us how to offer Your living water to others;
 Lead us where Your living water is in greatest demand;
 Open our eyes to the captives that need to hear Your freedom proclamation;

Individual Reflection

Lectio Divina:

1. Read John 19:28-29 slowly a few times (Lectio)

28 Later Jesus said,“I am thirsty.”He knew that everything was now finished. He knew that what Scripture said must come true.29A jar of wine vinegar was there. So they soaked a sponge in it. They put the sponge on a stem of the hyssop plant. Then they lifted it up to Jesus’ lips.

2. Ponder the text (Meditatio)

  • What does it mean to be “Thirsty”?
  • What was Jesus thirsty for?
  • What was finished?

Speak to God (Oratio)

Lord, I am thirsty,
I need more of You . . .
for, there’s a spiritual drought
right now, I am going through.Fill me with fresh hope,
take the aridness in my soul away
rain on me Your mercy
renew my heart, in You today.Lord, I am thirsty,
my arms to You are opened wide
protect and defend me
come be my unwavering guide.Make this dry season I’m in,
turn into Your valley’s green
where living waters flow
so that on You, I’ll always lean.Lord, I am thirsty,
I need more of You . . .
restore in me my youthful faith
like the refreshing morning dew!
-Deborah Ann Belka

4. Find a quiet place (Contemplatio)

Lord, I am thirsty for you.
Only you can quench the thirst of my soul.
Your love for me is like streams of living water
Providing nourishment to my inmost being.
I pray that thirst is never fully quenched
Because I want to keep coming back to your deep well of love and grace.
Speak Lord, for your servant is listening!

Individual Application



At some point in our life all of us have been thirsty. Whether that was as a newborn crying for our mother to come feed us or after a long run on a summer day. Our body told us we were thirsty, we knew we needed something to drink in order to keep functioning the way we should be. This principle also applies to our spiritual lives. At times, our souls thirst for God, or we have this feeling deep inside that tells us we know we need more of God. But unlike our physical needs, we don’t always stop to meet our spiritual needs. Today is the day we stop, breathe, and allow our souls thirst for God to be quenched by the Living Water.

Items needed:

A Bible, a journal, a pen, an iPod – Anything that helps you connect with God.


Today’s task may seem a little awkward, but believe that it will be good for you. Go on a date with God. Take some extra time that you would normally spend watching TV, going to the gym,  or hanging out with friends, and make an intentional effort to spend time with God. Don’t go in with an agenda, just block out time and sit down. Start with a quick prayer acknowledging God and his presence then see where he leads you. Just be intentional about engaging with him.
John 19:28– Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”
     Nothing tastes better than a glass of cool, refreshing, water after a long day at work or a long run on a warm summer afternoon. Thirst is a natural inclination, our body tells us when it needs liquid to function and if we hope to survive than we need to find ways to get that liquid into our body. In one of the funny parallels between the physical and spirit worlds, our souls also thirst. However, nothing in this world is enough to quench that thirst. No amount of money, love, possessions, adoration, or good deeds can fill the emptiness that we feel inside. Just as Jesus in a physically exhausted desperately needed physical refreshment, our souls desperately need spiritual refreshment that is not all that common in the world we all live in. Too often people let there souls become dehydrated until they barely have enough fumes to even survive. We can only come to this point some many times before it begins to damage us. The solution is to engage Jesus and constantly go back for gulps of his “living water.”


Prayer is one of the best methods for quenching our spiritual thirst. It is our direct connection, our dialogue that connects us to God. We are relational beings and because we are made in the image of God, that makes God a relational being. This prayer is just one way that we can engage our desire to have more of God in our life.
  1. Take some time in silence. Don’t contemplate or think, just be.
  2. Now, ask yourself a question: Do you find yourself desiring more interaction with God? Contemplate why or why this may not be the case for your personal experience.
  3. Feel free to pose to God any questions you may have, any fears you may have, any doubts you may have.
  4. Offer him praise for the areas of your life where you can see him at work, the areas where he is quenching your thirst.
  5. Thank him for his ability to dialogue with you as well as his ability to provide refreshment for your soul.  Then ask him to offer you some refreshment in certain areas of your life.
  6. Sit in the presence of God, when you feel at peace feel free to get up and go about the rest of your day.

Individual Reflection

Lectio Divina:

1. Read Psalm 42:1-2 slowly a few times (Lectio)

A deer longs for streams of water.
God, I long for you in the same way.
I am thirsty for God. I am thirsty for the living God.
When can I go and meet with him?

2. Ponder the text (Meditatio)

  • What words stand out to me?
  • What does it mean to “long” for God?
  • What does it mean to be “thirsty” for God?
  • When and where can I find God?

3. Speak to God (Oratio)

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
-“Oceans” by Hillsong United

4. Find a quiet place (Contemplatio)

I call upon your great name, O Lord.
I am resting in your embrace.
My soul thirsts for you- and you alone.
I am yours and you are mine.
Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.

Individual Application



Keeping with our theme of “Go and do it,” todays application is designed to get you out in the world and being intentional about your “thirst” for God. Only this time rather than just you, we want to include more than just yourself in the process.

Items needed:

  • a Bible
  • a group of people


     Many churches provide an opportunity for you to connect with a smaller group of people in a different setting outside of your normal worship service. Whether it’s called small groups, life groups, community groups, sunday school , etc. Most churches have a supplemental group of some kind. Make a commitment to attend this group for a month. Then see if you find your desire for God being refreshed by the conversation and teaching. God works wonderfully when we engage him, especially within the context of a group of believers who have a common goal.
     If no group exists. Start one. It does not take a rocket scientist, just someone who is willing to gather their friends and study God’s Word together. Go do it!

Group Study

How’d It Go?(In groups of 2-3)

How did you get to apply what you learned about sacrifice this past week?

Warming Up

  • What is your favorite beverage when you are extremely thirsty?
  • Share about a time when you really experienced thirst.

Digging In

Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”-John 19:28
After enduring unthinkable stress, three days of imprisonment, trials, floggings, and crucifixion, the Son of God — who made the waters of the world — experienced extreme dehydration and thirst.
In this statement, Jesus fulfilled another prophecy (ref. Psalm 69:21). Still, there is a deeper meaning to His thirst.  Psalm 42 says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Jesus cried out with the psalmist; He was thirsting for the presence and fellowship of God the Father during their separation on the Cross.
  • What reasons do you see that explain why Jesus made this statement?
  • Compare John 19:28 with John 19:30.  What kind of thirst other than physical might Jesus have had in mind?
  • What prophecies from the Old Testament are fulfilled in verses 28-30?  Why is this important?
  • Is there any significance that a sponge was offered to Jesus on a branch of hyssop?
  • Why do you think the Gospel accounts make such a strong point about the physical aspects of Jesus’ suffering during the crucifixion?
  • What difference would it have made if He were a divine person who didn’t actually suffer on the cross?
  • What difference would it have made if He were only a human being martyred on a cross?

Take It Away

For next week:
How can and will you begin putting what we have learned into practice this coming week?

Close in Prayer

Take turns asking God to help each of you to develop the habit of going to Him to quench the thirst in our lives, rather than the things this world offers as substitutes.

This Week’s Prayer

Lord, I come to you thirsty. I come to drink, to receive.

I receive your WORK on the cross and in the power of your resurrection. My sins are pardoned, and my death is defeated.

I receive your ENERGY. Empowered by your Holy Spirit, I can do all thing through Christ who gives me strength.

I receive your LORDSHIP. I belong to you. Nothing comes to me that hasn’t pass through you.

And I receive your LOVE. Nothing can separate me from your love. 


We want to hear your thoughts as you join us on this trail.