It affirmed his Identification (v. 28b-29): From the cross Jesus cried out saying, “I am thirsty.” This is rather surprising. Didn’t he claim to be the source of living water to the Samaritan woman? How can one who himself suffered from thirst be the source of perennial and living water? Well, true to his claim Jesus indeed is the only source of living water to give lasting peace and satisfaction to all sin-sick souls. But in order to secure that living water, he had to pass through the dry and thirsty land where there is no water. He did that by becoming true human being in flesh and blood. He “emptied himself … , took the form of man and was obedient to death, even death on the cross” (Phil 2:6-8). He fully identified with us in our infirmities and weaknesses. Therefore, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathized with our weaknesses, but we have one (in Jesus) who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin” (Heb 4:15). Praise God for Jesus understands!
It accomplished his Mission (v. 30): “It is finished” – was the last word uttered by Jesus from the cross. This was a cry of victory and not defeat. It meant completion of work undertaken. He came for a rescue mission in the Father’s will (John 3:16). His delight was to do and to fulfill his assigned mission: “My food is to do the will of my Father who sent me and to finish his works” (John 4:34). Thus, the cry was a report to the Father saying ‘Mission Accomplished!’ Possibly, though amidst severe pain while being hanged on the cross, he said it with deep sense of fulfillment within. To begin is a task is one thing; to finish it is another thing. This is true with our Christian walk and service too. The cry was also a declaration to the world that all that is needed to secure our salvation has accomplished at his death on the cross. There’s nothing more to be and can be done. Sinners can now receive God’s full and free salvation through faith in Christ who has died for them (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Conclusion: The death of Jesus brought to us good news of life, joy and hope. The only befitting response is to put our trust in him and enthrone him as Lord in our lives.
Rev. L.M. Vanchhawng