Last week, we explored Psalm 22 on the lips of Jesus (the fourth saying). The Psalm begins, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,” and ends in triumph and hope. The fifth saying is simply, “I thirst!“
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. (John 19:28-29)
This excruciating thirst was also prophesied in the Psalms, both 22 and here in 69:19-21.
You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are before you.
Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but I found none.
They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
As Jesus comes nearer to the end, he allows his honest thirst to be touched. And even in this, he fulfills the Scripture. He is ready to commit his spirit to the Father.