Of Jesus’ seven sayings on the cross, this might be the most least-discussed one: “I thirst. William explains in this brief article the implications of this fourth cry from the cross in Jesus’ Thirst and Our Spiritual Rehydration.
Jesus died thirsty, but He arose refreshed. In His suffering, Jesus thirsted after the full restoration of His Father’s fellowship, that the smile of His Father’s face might be turned toward Him and His people again (Ps. 69:16, 17). In His glorification, beginning with His resurrection, His thirst was quenched. God will hear the cry of His thirsty people. “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched for thirst, I, the LORD, will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them” (Isa. 41:17). He now says to us, “whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
In response, we echo the Man of Sorrows: “I thirst! Give me the water of eternal life gained for me at the cross that I will thirst no more!” The answer to this request is a picture we see in the last book of the Bible: “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore” (Rev. 7:16).