In dreams water and fire usually represents the Holy Spirit, cleansing or purifying.
Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday. A time to remember the coming of the Holy Spirit. God came down in the flesh to walk the earth as a man, and now He comes to dwell within us. How exciting this is! In celebrating this we must also remember the price that was paid for the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us.
JOHN 19:28-30 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. [NKJV]
Crucifixion was one of the most cruel and agonizing ways to die. Imagine Jesus was beaten, a crown of thorns was placed on His head, He was bleeding precious body fluids while receiving no water to drink. He would hang for hours in agony on that cross continuing to lose fluids from His body.
I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots. [NKJV]
But I believe Jesus thirsted for more than just water.
Jesus thirsted for us literally and spiritually. He knew all prophesy concerning Him up to that point had been fulfilled everything that was supposed to happen had happened. Everything except one thing.
Psalm 69:21 They also gave me gall for my food,
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished so that the scriptures would be fulfilled said, “I thirst.” This would finish His life on earth. There were over 300 Old Testament prophecies that described the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled every one of them during His life and death. The probabilities of a person being able to do this is impossible!
He was God yet a man who endured all of the things we endure in our life and more. He had to live on earth without God to know what that is like! I thirst! Forever God and now, forever Man.
Jesus had been beaten, spit on, mocked, stripped naked, and nailed to the cross. Yet in those words, "I thirst," the longing for His Father to look upon Him again. I THIRST! Jesus now had fulfilled all things the scriptures would tell us about the Messiah. He knows our thirst for water, and He knows what it is like to be separated from God and thirst for Him.
I thirst for you Lord! I hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Now the fire!
Acts 2:1-4 The day of Pentecost
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
On the Day of Pentecost, in the upper room. Waiting but not knowing when. How they must have thirsted for Him again, their Lord, their teacher; their leader; their friend. Once you have tasted how can you not thirst for more? About 10 days after Jesus ascended the Holy Spirit would fall upon the 120 in the upper room, and many more, waiting for the promise. Their thirst would be quenched in that moment.
I have seen great moments when the Holy Spirit moves in fire and flows like a river. A little here and a little there. I have tasted, and now I thirst for more. Come again Holy Spirit with fire and quench our thirst I pray. Although the Spirit lives in us, I long for a refilling in me, and all around the world. Cover the earth Lord with your glory!