"They said therefore among themselves,
'Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,'
that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:
They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.'
Therefore the soldiers did these things..."
"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished,
that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst!'
Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there;
and they filled a sponge with sour wine,
put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
So when Jesus had received the sour wine,
He said, 'It is finished!'
And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit."
~ John 19:24, 28-30
I read these things to my children tonight, and wondered as I read them.
Jesus said at another time that He did always
those things that pleased the Father.
He gave up His spirit when He had fulfilled
every jot and tittle of God's will for Him.
Right down to His thirst.
His thirst was in perfect harmony with His Father's plan.
Psalm 22:15 describes it: My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought me to the dust of death.
All His desires submitted to His Father's will.
Even those desires that were pain to Him.
He would not leave until He had suffered those, too.
God's hand was involved
in the distribution of His belongings to His persecutors.
This stuns me to think of.
And I wonder, are my desires the Father's desires?
Am I thirsting because He's dried up my mouth?
It seems like we assume if we thirst we're not doing His will.
But perhaps this thirst, this need, this dried up strength
is what the Father has for me.
My grandmother, in her last few days here on this earth,
was receiving hospice care.
Too weak to leave her bed, the hospice nurse asked her,
"What is it you would like?"
And in her barely audible whisper, my grandma said,
"To do the will of the Lord."