The Day The Living Water Became Thirsty

In 1996, a young Marine corporal named Joey Mora was standing on the platform of an aircraft carrier patrolling the Persian Gulf. I could not find out which one for certain but my son Jason believes it was probably the Enterprise, since he too was in the Persian Gulf that year aboard the aircraft carrier, the Carl Vinson. Incredibly, Joey fell overboard. A search and rescue mission ensued but after many hours his parents were informed that he was “missing and presumed dead”. But 72 hours after his fall four Pakistani fishermen found him alive. He was treading water in his sleep, clinging to a makeshift floatation devise made from his trousers—a skill learned in most military survival training. He was delirious when they pulled him from the water. His tongue was dry and cracked and his throat parched. Two years later Joey spoke with Stone Phillips of NBC Dateline. He said it was God who kept him struggling to survive. Good testimony, wouldn’t you say? The one thought he said that took over his brain was, “Water”, and yet he was afloat in a salty sea of it! I doubt that any of us have ever been that thirsty, and I hope we never will be, but I believe Jesus must have been when He spoke the words, “I thirst” , from the cross. King David wrote these words in Psalm 22:15, describing the thirst Jesus must have had from the cross: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my mouth.” A potsherd is a dry piece of pottery fragment. How thirsty must you have to be when you as “living water”, become thirsty yourself? Is that possible, for water to become thirsty? Or is that just some kind of silly statement? It obviously must be possible for back in John 4 Jesus asked the woman at the well to give Him a drink of water because He was thirsty. Jesus was truly the “living water”, but He was human, as well. But notice that John 19:28 says that Jesus didn’t ask for a drink of water until after, “He knew that all things were now accomplished.” We see this the entire time of His crucifixion: Jesus laid aside His own desire for the sake of us until the job of purchasing our salvation on the cross was finished. Jesus only cared about you and me as He suffered on the cross, and about purchasing our salvation from sin, not His own hide or thirst. Physical thirst can be excruciating and a lot more dangerous than what most people realize. Dehydration can and will get you into serious trouble in a hurry, even to the point of literally causing you to die of thirst. I don’t think my high school football coach got that as he would often deprive us of water when we didn’t do something right. I think football coaches are a lot smarter than that today. Psalm 42:1-2 says, “As the hart (a hart is a red deer stag) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God.” I watched an animal show on TV in Africa recently where it had been very dry and this group of antelope had been visibly panting until they came to a muddy stream of stagnant water, and then they drank like there was no tomorrow even though a group of crocodiles were closing in on them as they drank. The crocs eventually got hold of one by the nose and pulled it under. God wants us to thirst for Him like that, in the same way that we would if we were dehydrated in a desert and had not had a drink of water for days. Many of us need to thirst after the Lord like that, because until we do we’re going to come up short. Hell is going to be a place of unquenchable thirst. In Luke 16:24 the rich man in hell cried out, “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 these flames.” Heaven, on the other hand, will be just the opposite. Revelation 7:16 says, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore.” David said in Psalm 63:1, “My flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” Pennsylvania is a long ways from being a desert, but we sure fit the description these days of a “dry and thirsty land” , don’t we? Jesus offers us the only water that will satisfy our souls, and there is enough living water from Him to satisfy and quench the spiritual thirst of every human being on the face of the earth. Jesus, the living water, thirsted that day on the cross, so that we would never have to thirst again! If you’re dying of thirst spiritually today, I want to tell you that there is enough living water to go around. All you have to do is ask Jesus, and he will fill your cup to overflowing! He died and rose again so that we would never have to thirst again! Happy Easter! Rev. Darrell Nicklow Orbisonia Church Of The Nazarene—447-3640

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