“I thirst,” were the words spoken by the suffering Savior a little before he bowed his head and gave up the spirit. God moved David to say of the coming Messiah, “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Ps. 69:21). How marvelously complete was the prophecy.
In the mind of the Jewish religious leaders, the crucifixion of Christ had once and for all dissolved the movement about Jesus. When He rose triumphant from the dead, the claims and teachings of our Lord were undeniably validated. The resurrection revitalized the feeble faith of the disciples and became the heart of the message they began to preach. It forced the enemies of the cross to face their responsibility for rejecting God’s Messiah and to reconsider the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Most of Jesus’ hearers, like fallen men throughout history, were concerned about justifying their own ways, defending their own rights, and serving their own ends. The way of meekness was not their way, and therefore the true kingdom was not their kingdom, but meekness has always been God’s way for man.