40 different authors.
3 different languages.
One cohesive theme:
The redemption of mankind.
With over 300 fulfilled solely through the lineage, birth, life, and death of Christ.
Consider the mind-blowing comparisons in the reliability of these historic documents:
Julius Caesar has 10 surviving manuscripts to provide evidence of his authorship.
Ancient historian, Herodotus, has 8 surviving manuscripts proving his authorship.
Homer has 643 surviving manuscripts of his Iliad.
Based on these grounds, no one debates or argues that these men didn’t actually author the works that bear their name.
And then there’s the New Testament, which has an astounding 5,366 surviving manuscripts!
The Bible is more historically and archaeologically accurate than any other historical book.
God’s redemptive plan wasn’t an afterthought, wasn’t a #lastminuteidea.
For our salvation….yours and mine. Today.
Today as we drive our cars, clean up after kids, have arguments with our spouses, shop, drink tea and coffee, post to Instagram, and worry about what our neighbors think, how healthy our lawn is, and what we will make for dinner.
In the middle of our everyday mess, Jesus comes to save.
At the cross, amidst all the other un-foldings of history and the culmination of God’s redemptive plan
to restore the relationship between Himself and us,
Jesus leaves us with a spoken word.
In the presence of hundreds of eyewitnesses, both Gentile and Jew,
Christ again points to the unequivocal truth that He was indeed the promised Messiah.
Two words that simultaneously point to Christ’s divinity and His humanity.
A human need that fulfilled yet another divine prophecy.
“They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.”
A human need displaying that Jesus was truly the “with us” God.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:14-15
A human need reflecting a God-sized vacuum.
Beyond the initial pointing towards the prophetic fulfillment, the irony lies beneath the surface in Christ’s words.
The Living Water had Himself become thirsty…..
“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again;
the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
…because He’d been cut off from the Father.
An emptiness and brokenness gripped these two words.
A separation existed, an impossible yawning chasm, between God the Father and God the Son
caused by Christ bearing the sin of the world.
And Jesus thirsted.
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
These are King David’s words as he wrote about his passionate need for God.
Yes, I have no doubt at all that Christ was thirsty that day as he hung on the cross, that just a cool drink would have been a welcome relief.
But there was more going on than a parched throat and bloody cracked lips, his soul was withering.
Like yours and mine without the same sustenance of Living Water found in Jesus.
This messy, daily life we live?
The crazy schedules that toss us to and fro, the loneliness that seeps in, the emptiness that haunts the corners of our souls, the discord in relationships, the worries that crease our foreheads and hearts….
This is the dry and weary land where there is no water.
That Living Water?
It’s Available In The Middle of our Everyday!
And let the one who is thirsty come;
let the one who desires, take the water of life without price.
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
In Him is life in the middle of our death.
In Him is redemption in the middle of our brokenness.
In Him is hope in the middle of our unsolvable grief.
for He is the very Son of God.
He thirsted, so we would never have to.
He holds out truth; solid, reliable, authentic, time-tested truth.
Are you thirsty?
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