thirst, john 19:28
Thirst, John 19:28
Acrylic Paint, Graphite, and Gold Leaf on Mylar
2017 – 2018
Thirst, John 19:28 depicts the fulfillment of Scripture. Christ, near the end of His suffering and separation from God, called out “I thirst”. This cry accomplished Psalm 69:21 which reads, “They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.” Jesus, with His mind constantly set on God’s will, called out to ensure that this task was completed.
In addition, Jesus had been separated from God for three hours (Mark 15:33). He was yearning to return to His Father’s presence and person. His cry was one of a human thirst, but also a Holy Son crying out for His Holy Father.
God the Father is again represented as a large, dark mass of shapes, which are interconnected by blue shapes, blue lines, and gold triangles. However, unlike the previous piece, Christ is not completely alone. The inclusion of a single hexagram, which represents the soldier who took pity on Jesus and tried to relieve His thirst, is connected to the Christ Octagon. This is an important addition as the soldier offering Him the wine vinegar also had a hand in fulfilling Scripture.
The separation between the Father and the Son has grown larger, indicating that this loss of fellowship had been long and severe. The line extending upwards is shorter and seems weaker than before. Jesus suffered, but in His agony He was still determined to complete His Father’s will. Jesus knew that He was about to be reunited with the Father and restored to His glory; the last duty He had was to ensure that all the Father’s plans had been completed to the fullest extent. It is for this reason, He bore the cross with selfless love for all people.