After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” (John 19:28)
Two pieces of information inserted by John
1. Jesus knew that all things were now accomplished
2. Jesus said something so that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
This is a retrospective interpretation. John didn’t know this then. Either Christ revealed this to the disciples after His resurrection or he understood this through the Holy Spirit later on. He only spoke of His thirst after the work was over.
1. Christ’s Zeal for our Salvation – the Ultimate Mission: What is our goal in life? Are souls our concern? Is our own soul our concern?
2. Christ’s Care for the details of God’s Word – the Ultimate Guide: What is our guide in life? Is God’s Truth paramount? Is God’s Witness paramount?
Does physical need supersede spiritual goals?
Does leisure and levity take over stringent adherence to His Word?
Good Friday, Pentecostal Church, April 2, 2010.