24 April 2013

Thirst no More

Thirst for righteousness

When Jesus spoke the following promise, he had in mind its fulfillment---the cross.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

The word righteousness means to have right standing before God. In the old covenant, righteousness was obtained by following the law. It was only obtained by right-doing. In the new covenant, righteousness is obtained by believing in Jesus. It is only obtained by right-believing!

Romans 3:22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

When Jesus died at the cross he took our sin so we, who believe in him, may become the righteousness of God. There is nothing for us to do in order to be in right standing with God--- except to believe!

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The woman at the well

The woman at the well was thirsty. She tried to quench her thirst by having many husbands. She had five previous husbands and was living with another man by the time she found Jesus at the well. When Jesus saw her thirst, he offered her his water. His water was forgiveness and righteousness by faith. If she would receive it, she would thirst no more.

John 4:13 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

Jesus thirsted at the cross

When Jesus was at the cross, he took our place, our sin and our shame. He did it so we could take his righteousness. At the cross, he also took our thirst so we would be satisfied--as he promised. The last thing he said before completing his work was: "I am thirsty!" It was at that moment when he fulfilled his promise!

John 19:28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 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. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus was thirsty because he was carrying our sin. When we try to satisfy our thirst with sin, we only become more thirsty. In life we deserve to be thirsty and not satisfied because of our sin. But Jesus was thirsty in our place so our thirst could be satisfied by his righteousness.

Because of his work at the cross, Jesus can offer us and is offering us his water. The water he is giving us is His righteousness. If we receive it, we will be satisfied! When we are satisfied we are free to reign in life.

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

I invite you today to shake off every voice that is condemning you for your actions. Instead, receive his forgiveness and drink from the water of righteousness that Jesus' blood offers you. To drink from it, you just need to believe!

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