Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
As Christ died on the cross He said, ďHe ThirstĒ. At the moment God turned away from looking at the cross, Christ thirst. A thirst He had never known. Christ had never been absent from His Fatherís voice or presence until the cross upon which He died moments later. Something that a believer will never experience is the absence of God, yet there are times when a believer will feel like God is not responding to their woes, or problems. The silence of God is not absence from God. Yet the Spirit of God that was in Christ was leaving his body. The fleshly body would hang on the cross with no life in it.
Jesus is living water; He is the word of God. The woman at that well was told by Jesus He could give her living water. God is not dead and Jesus is alive. Christ Spirit was the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit of God being fully his, he was just man in human flesh. Our bodies have as a believer both our own soul and the Spirit of God in our hearts. Christís Spirit comes and lives in our hearts when we ask. His Spirit communes with our Spirit teaching us the ways we should go in life. Cain experienced the Spirit God teaching Him, yet he rejected Godís Spirit warning.
The Spirit of God and His Word cannot come back void, yet man can reject it. Man has choice to a point of obedience to God. Balaam, a false prophet would say he had no choice but to prophesy what God told him too, because the king had wanted him to curse Israel. Godís people are not to be cursed, that up to God to bestow judgment on His people.
To distinguish the flesh of Christ from the spirit of Christ seems not coercive in nature. Yet we have to understand the Spirit of Christ is not flesh. Yet it is flesh of Christ we see and understand. Jesus came like one of us and because of this, we can relate to the inquisition of man, Jesus experienced, as well as continual fight by speech of the things of God, if we teach Godís word/living water, we will meet opposition. If we teach love, we find someone that will hate the talk of love and compassion. If we teach forgiveness, we will find someone that will rather chastise a person for his or her crime. Without understanding the power of words that condemn a personís spirit without a person understanding the difference between manís law and Godís law of grace. God does correct his children, but if someone says you are condemned then they know Christ, or is it a warning by your actions. Jewish people being Godís people knew the judgment of God in their life, but not the absence of God from those that believed and trusted in him. God only condemned when manís sin was at a place of no turning back to Him. Only God knows that point of sin in a personís life. No one but God can condemn the spirit of man. Abraham knew what it was to be in a relationship with God, and yet he was only man with human errors. Faith in God abolishes the judgment of God and the sin of person before the eyes of God. Yet God does not ignore sin that will continue to grow worse in a believerís life if unchecked or disciplined. David found Godís correction.
Jesus was being punished by man for who he claimed to be. Yet what Jesus claimed was all true. Christ word was true and yet man still hung him on a tree. Jesus was fully human and fully God. Only by the separation of Spirit of God and the flesh can we see the reality of the situation. We crucified God and yet God in the image of His Son said Father forgive them for they know what they do and He also cried I thirst in all humanity as Godís Spirit was turning away from the shell of the flesh. Yet it would be that same Spirit that would reenter the human body to raise it back up. With the first touch of the Spirit He was made alive, yet the scars were still present for mankind to see.
If you are thirsty, Jesus will take away the thirst. Do not drink the vinegar of man that is offered, but drink of the spirit the things of God. Man knows only how to offer what kills the body and soul of man. God knows what gives man eternal/spiritual life and it is His word. Yet spiritual life is not just about faith but our actions for even the devil believes and look where he going in the end. Godís promise of anyone looking to His Son would have eternal life.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the living water of your word and your Spirit that never leaves a believer. You promised to abide with us even in our human weaknesses and love us even when we do not deserve your love. In Jesus precious name, Amen.