The Saviour thirsted, and he who thirsted thus, remember, possessed all power in heaven and earth. Had he chosen to exercise his omnipotency, he could have readily satisfied his need. He that of old had caused the water to flow from the smitten rock for the refreshment of Israel in the wilderness had the same infinite resources at his disposal now. He who turned the water into wine at a word, could have spoken the word of power here, and met his own need. But he never once performed a miracle for his own benefit or comfort.
Had you ever noticed that? I hadn’t and it so humbled me. I am certain that if I had any power at all (much less the infinite power that Jesus has), I would use it in some way for my own comfort. Sure, I might do some good for others, too. But I know my sin-sick heart well enough to know that I would also sneak in some personal benefit. The condescension and humility of Jesus staggers me once again.
God, thank you for giving us such a perfect example of how to live our lives in a way that pleases You. Please help me look to Jesus’ example and put the needs of others above my own comfort.