GET ACQUAINTED: What is your favorite thing to drink when you’re exceptionally thirsty?
SCRIPTURE: “28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.” (John 19:28-29 )
Open your time together with prayer. NOTE: This is only a guide! Feel free to select the points you want to discuss and adapt them to your needs.
OBSERVATION: The human body is about 60% water. That means, if you weigh 150 lbs., you’re carrying roughly 12 gallons of water. We can’t live without it. By the time Jesus spoke, “I am thirsty,” He had been hanging on the cross for about 6 hours and He did not have any water at that time. He asked God to forgive us, assured us of our salvation, told us how to love one another, and acknowledged Himself as the substitution for our sin. All prophecies had been fulfilled, except the final one. With these words, “I thirst” Jesus became each one of us. In this week’s Refresco, we’ll have a hard look at how we can become more like Jesus.
THREE KINDS OF THIRST:
- The Thirst of Jesus
Jesus thirsted on the cross so we wouldn’t thirst. When He said, “I thirst,” He showed us three things:
- He was really human. (Philippians 2:6-8 )
- He was really the promised Savior. (Psalm 69:21 ; Exodus 12:22 )
- He really loved us. (Romans 5:8 )
What does Philippians 2:6-8 describe Jesus doing? “6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Why is it important to understand that Jesus was fully God and fully human? What things about the facts of Jesus’ life and death could convince someone that He is the promised Savior?
- The Thirst of Others
According to Amos 8:11-13 , what is it that people hunger for? “11 Behold the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send famine on the land – not a famine of bread, not thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it. 13 “In that day the lovely virgins and the young men shall faint for thirst.” Taking care of other people’s thirst is love in action. Here’s how we do it:
- I serve Jesus by serving others. (Matthew 25:37-40 )
- Jesus notices the smallest service. (Matthew 10:42 )
- The most Christ-like service is to enemies. (Proverbs 25:21 )
How do we help Jesus quench the thirst of others? What unconditional love (to fill a thirst of another) have you received or observed? How has that love impacted you/others?
- My Thirst
If I want to have a satisfying life, I must do three things:
- Realize what I’m really thirsty for. (Psalm 63:1 ; Matthew 5:6 )
- Realize Jesus understands my pain. Isaiah 53:3-5 ; Hebrews 4:5 )
- Stop looking for satisfaction elsewhere. (Jeremiah 2:13 ; John 7:37-38 )
What truth does Psalm 63:1 and Matthew 5:6 declare about fulfilling the God-void that exists in us? In Isaiah 53:3-5 and Hebrews 4:5 , what do we learn about the depth of pain and anguish that Jesus suffered for us? Compare and contrast Jeremiah 2:13 and John 7:37-38 . What did the people do to cause their own problems and what solution does Jesus offer? Why does sin leave us thirsty?
Personal Application and Commitment: Read John 4:13-14 . In this Refresco, we have learned that Jesus was fully man. If not, He could not have suffered, thirsted, or died. At the same time, His fulfillment of more that 380 prophecies of the promised Messiah proved He was fully God. He thirsted for you and for me, so that we would not have to thirst again – proving the depth of His love for us. In a world where over six billion people are dying of spiritual thirst, He shows us that pain is an opportunity for service. How can serving Christ by serving others meet your need for fulfillment? Where are you experiencing a thirst only Christ can satisfy? Consider this fact: everything else we do only makes us thirstier, always wanting more. Only Jesus satisfies. What do you need to stop doing in order to find fulfillment in Christ? In order to serve Christ by serving others, what do you need to begin doing? Pray together as a Life Group for God to help you take the next step that He is putting on your heart in this moment.
Prayer: Dear Jesus Christ, thank You that this study has helped me realize what I’m really thirsty for. It’s You, it’s a relationship with the one who understands me because He once became human. Jesus think You that You understand my pain. That You know what it means to have longings that are unfulfilled. You know what it means to go without. You know what it means to have a need that doesn’t seem to be met. You know what it means to be mocked, put down, be lonely, be abused. You know what it means to have physical pain. Thank You Jesus, that You weren’t just God, but you were human. You came so You could experience what we all experience. Jesus, I want to stop looking for satisfaction elsewhere and I look now to You for true satisfaction and fulfillment. Amen!