The Our Father and 7 Last Words of Jesus, 5th Word

by Dennis P. McGeehan

The key episode in all of history is the death and resurrection of Jesus. No other event in history is remotely close in impact and permanence of effect. It was the reason he came to Earth, the fulfillment of his life. The Son of God became man so he could pay the price of our sins on the cross. His whole human existence pointed to this moment.

The scriptures record what Christ said while he hung on the cross. For all believers his words are worth pondering. The seven last words of Christ are seven statements he made. They are the last teachings he gave to us, and connect to his teaching on how we should pray. Link to series.

Fifth Word: "I thirst."  (John 19:28)

Jesus' thirst is unquenchable until he collects the last drop. It is not water or wine he desires but our very souls. Jesus tells us that the Father desires not to lose even the least soul.

"Thy kingdom come …" Every soul that God has ever created and ever will create he wishes to be with him in heaven for eternity. Jesus is so committed to us that he suffered torture and death to make that happen. His thirst is for the salvation of all people.

You can help quench part of his thirst by accepting him into your life. You can be a cup of fresh water for Jesus.

Dennis P. McGeehan is a husband, father (nine kids — eight on Earth and one in God's hands), author and freelance writer who has written for a variety of magazines. He has published two books, The Diaries of Joseph and Mary  and Selecting the Best Martial Arts Class for your Child. He is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild. Dennis blogs at

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