Good Friday

The Friday of Holy Week is often referred to as Good Friday. It is the day in which Jesus is beaten, crucified and killed. Honestly, I’m not sure when or why or how we came to refer to this day as “good”. I also know our tendency is to jump quickly from cross to resurrection, but let us suspend the rest of the story for a moment and reflect upon the sacrifice of Christ.

Jesus speaks a series of seven statements from the cross. One such word that has found resonance with me this year is found in John 19:28. Here Jesus says: “I am thirsty.”

Jesus thirsted. The Living Water was parched. The Spring of Life was dry. The One who fills our cups to overflow became empty. After Jesus expresses His need, in jest, sour wine is offered Him. The One whose ministry began by transforming water into the most delicious wine ever is ended with a sip of the worst wine imaginable. And just as the headmaster at Cana had no idea what Jesus did then, humanity had no idea what they were doing now.

The resonance I find in Jesus’ words is in their simplicity. I am thirsty.

Jesus owned his thirst. He owned his need, His lack, His want. He offered no pretense of strength. He owned his thirst. He claimed it. I am thirsty.

Have you owned your thirst? Have you owned your need for God, for hope, for love, for forgiveness, for help?

Jesus became thirsty so that your cup could overflow. He thirsted so our thirst could be quenched.

So may you own your thirst today – may you own your need, your lack, your dependency, weakness and want.

May you claim your thirst for Christ this day and as you do, may you find your cup overflowing with Living Water.

Song for further reflection: “It is Finished” by Red Mountain Church

For conversation or prayerful meditation:
- In what ways do you feel you cannot own or claim your “thirst”?
- Imagine your life fully claiming your thirst, lack, need, want for God. What might be different?
- Read and reflect upon John 2:1-11 and as you do, consider how Jesus’ first miracle was already anticipating Jesus’ work on the cross.