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I Thirst

 
By:  Mission Team April 2, 2021

She looked up and heard Him say, “I thirst”.

Her heart broke again inside of her. How could someone have so much hate inside of them? Her heart was broken. The soldier ran past her and put a sponge into wine and then held it up to Him. Her heart was grateful to him. Even though it was not what her Son had meant, this soldier was trying to do something to help alleviate her Son’s pain. She looked at the people around as they jeered at Him. You have no idea that He thirsts for. He thirsts for you, and you are killing Him.

“Oh John, why are you the only one here?” she thought to herself. “Why did all of my Son’s friends leave except for you? Where is your brother? Where is Peter? Can they not support Him? He needs them too.”

He looked out at the crowd as He said, “I thirst.”

These poor humans. They brought me wine because I said, “I thirst.” I don’t thirst for drink; I thirst for them. I thirst for their hearts and their souls. I thirst for them to be happy and to be with Me forever. All I want to do is to pour My Love into them, but they do not know Me and they do not want Me.

If only they knew just how much I desire them. If only they could see that the reason I am on this Cross is not because I couldn’t escape from them, but because I allowed this so that I could save them. If they could get past their blindness and pride and see true, authentic, selfless love. This is what I desire for my children. This is why “I thirst.”

I thirst because they have rejected Me. I thirst because I want the best for them, but they don’t want the best, they just want to settle for the mediocre. I want to give them the extraordinary and the impossible. If only My children would accept that which I offer them. I thirst because I love them...

From the Cross on Good Friday, Jesus spoke these two words, “I thirst!” Most people at the Cross thought that He was referring to the type of thirst that a cup of water can alleviate. They were not familiar with the concept of thirsting for souls. That longing and that desire, that much love, that could cause someone to thirst for them.

“I thirst for your will, for your afflictions, for your desires, for your love. A water fresher and sweeter than your soul you could not give Me. O please, do not let Me Burn. My thirst is ardent, such that I not only feel My tongue and My throat Burn, to the point that I can no longer utter a Word, but I also feel My heart and bowels wither. Have pity on My thirst-have pity.”
~The Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, little daughter of the Divine Will~

The thirst that Jesus has for us shows us just how much He loves us. That love that is so deep, so pure, so real that it loves without condition. It loves without reserve. The love that loves no matter what. A love that is willing to risk their lives for someone else. The love that Jesus spoke about in the Bible when He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that a person will lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

This is what Jesus did from the Cross. He laid down His life for us, even for the people who killed Him.

What about Mary? She too died on Calvary that day. As she watched her Son bruised, beaten, and rejected die; she died with Him. That was her Son hanging on a tree. Yet she willingly gave up her Son to His death. She did not beg Him to run from the Cross. She didn’t say that it was too hard. She knew that He needed to do this. Even though it was hard for her and so many people abandoned and rejected her Son, she stayed by Him the entire time. She forgave those who had abandoned her. She had so much love that she could love unconditionally and forgive those who had hurt her and her Son.

This is what love is, the love that casts out all fears, the love that leads to the Cross. The love that doesn’t run from Calvary. That loves others more than themselves. The love that will lay down their life, even for their enemies. The love that can forgive even the deepest wounds. The love that “thirsts” for us to come to Him and be saved. The love that loves unconditionally. The love of Jesus and Mary!

Today, let’s all take a moment to thank Jesus for dying on the Cross for us. Let us do everything that we can for the rest of our lives to accept that love that Jesus offers us, let us alleviate the burning in His Sacred Heart. Let us imitate Him and love, unconditionally. Let us forgive, unconditionally.

Jesus and Mary, help us be like Thee!

Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me!

 

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About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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