Seven Saying From The Cross _I Thirst_

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					   SEVEN SAYINGS FROM THE CROSS
   A THEOLOGY OF UNDERSTANDING
             OUR NEEDS
             "I THIRST"
            (JOHN 19:28)
INTRODUCTION:

1. This morning, we will continue in our series on the seven
   sayings from the cross.

V.       THE FIFTH SAYING FROM THE
         CROSS IS FOUND IN (JOHN
         19:28).
 "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture
  would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty” (John 19:28).


A. LET'S FIRST OF ALL TALK A LITTLE
   BIT ABOUT THIS STORY.
1. At Calvary, Jesus was offered two drinks. The first He
   refused. The second He requested. The second came just
   before 3:00 P.M. The first came just after 9:00 A.M.

 "They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the
  Skull). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after
  tasting it, He refused to drink it. When they had crucified Him, they
  divided up His clothes by casting lots" (Mt. 27:33-35).




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a. The Romans first offered Jesus sweet wine mixed with gall.
   "Gall" was poisonous liver bile. It was mixed with sweet wine
   and given to deaden the pain of dying. When they offered it
   to Jesus, He refused it. He was unwilling to dull the pain with
   narcotics or poison. He would faithfully and fully endure the
   pain.

2. Late in the afternoon, Jesus requested a drink…for Jesus
   said, "I thirst" and the Roman soldiers gave Him a drink of
   sour vinegar-wine mixed with water. The Roman soldiers
   who came from Italy to Israel's hot climate realized how sick
   they could get drinking the water. Jerusalem's water
   contained bacteria that could make them violently ill, so the
   soldiers mixed sour wine with local well water. "Sour wine"
   was wine that had passed its time and had turned into
   vinegar. The soldiers put it in the water hoping to kill the
   bacteria. This water and vinegar-wine mixture was a sort of
   first century Gatorade. The soldiers on duty that Friday took
   along this drink for themselves because they expected to sit
   in the hot sun at Calvary until their duty was complete. That
   afternoon when Jesus called, "I thirst," they took a 24-inch
   hyssop branch and dipped a sponge in the vinegar-wine
   water then lifted it too His lips. This small act of kindness
   refreshed Jesus' thirst.




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B. HERE ARE SOME LESSONS THAT
   WE CAN LEARN FROM THIS STORY.
(1) FIRST, THE FIFTH SAYING FROM THE CROSS-TEACHES
    THAT SUFFERING ALWAYS, ALWAYS, HAS A PURPOSE
    AND THAT SOMETHING GOOD CAN COME FROM IT.

 "Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture
  would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty” (John 19:28).

1. The physical and spiritual suffering that Jesus endured was
   all part of God's plan and in the same way, God has a purpose
   for our pain. Something good can always come from our
   painful situations.

ILLUSTRATION:

Elizabeth Prentiss, the wife of a Presbyterian minister, spent
most of her adult life as an invalid, seldom knowing a day
without constant pain throughout her body. Yet she was
described by her friends as a bright-eyed, cheery woman with a
keen sense of humor.

Elizabeth was always strong in her faith and she always
encouraged others, until tragedy struck her family beyond what
even she could bear.

Elizabeth and her husband lost two of their children. The loss of
two of their children brought great sorrow to Elizabeth’s life. For
weeks, no one could console her. In her diary she wrote of
“empty hands, a worn-out, exhausted body, and a longing to flee
from a world that has so many sharp experiences.”




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During this period of grief, Elizabeth cried out to God, asking
Him to minister to her broken spirit. It was at this time that
Elizabeth’s pain brought something inspirational to all of us!

For many years, the church has been encouraged as they sing
the words penned by Elizabeth Prentiss in her deepest sorrow:

More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee;
This is my earnest plea:
More love, O Christ, to Thee…

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek—Give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be:
More love, O Christ, to Thee…

Let sorrow do its work, send grief and pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain,
When they can sing with me,
More love, O Christ, to Thee…

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry my heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be:
More love, O Christ, to Thee.

2. Elizabeth Prentiss…out of her pain and agony…wrote one of
   the most inspirational Christians songs in our songbook.
   Something good came from her tragedy.

3. Likewise, something good can come from our painful
   situations. For God promises in His word that He will work all
   things together for our good. Jesus' pain resulted in the
   redemption of mankind. Our pain can result in something
   positive as well.




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(2) SECOND, THE FIFTH SAYING FROM THE CROSS-TEACHES
    THAT GOD UNDERSTANDS OUR PAIN BECAUSE HE
    EXPERIENCED SUFFERING TOO.

1. One of the essential truths of the Christian faith is the two
   natures of Christ. Not only was Jesus fully God…but He was
   also fully man. Jesus was not half-man and half-God. Jesus
   was completely human and completely divine at the same
   time.

2. At times in Christ's life, we see both His humanity and His
   divinity. When Jesus said that He was thirsty…we see His
   humanity. He felt the moment of dehydration. And looking
   over the entirety of His life, we see even more shared pain.
   He experienced the death of a dear friend, Lazarus, and He
   wept. He was tempted to sin by Satan. He was made fun of,
   called a drunk, beat up, abandoned by His closest friends and
   left to hang alone on the cross. He experienced real
   suffering.

3. Consider the words of the writer of Hebrews:

 "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
  weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just
  as we are—yet was without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

4. Jesus experienced the same life-difficulties that we all face in
   some form or fashion.

5. Philip Yancey and Dr. Paul Brand in their book, In His Image,
   say this:

   "Our prayers and cries of suffering take on greater meaning
    because we now know them to be understood by God.
    Instinctively, we want a God who not only knows about pain,
    but shares in it and affected by our own. By looking at Jesus,
    we realize we have such a God. He took onto Himself the
    limitations of time and space and family and pain and
    sorrow."



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6. It is comforting to know that we have a God who understands
   our suffering, our temptations, and we can be confident that,
   if nothing else, He will hold us tightly in His loving arms
   because He understands our painful experiences.




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(3) THIRD, THE FIFTH SAYING FROM THE CROSS-TEACHES
    JESUS' GREATEST THIRST.

1. While on the cross, Jesus was certainly physically thirsty and
   dehydrated. However, in the spiritual sense, Jesus' greatest
   thirst…His greatest desire…is for us to be saved.

ILLUSTRATION:

On March 5, 1994, Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Prescott was teaching a
class for police officers in the Salt Lake City Library. As he
stepped into the hallway he noticed a gunman herding 18
hostages into the next room. With a flash of insight, Prescott
(dressed in street clothes) joined the group as the nineteenth
hostage, followed them into the room, and shut the door. But
when the gunman announced the order in which hostages would
be executed, Prescott identified himself as a cop.

In the scuffle that followed, Prescott, in self-defense, fatally shot
the armed man. The hostages were released unharmed.

Likewise, Jesus, dressed himself in street clothes, entered into
our world, and freed us from our captor, On the cross, Jesus
died, and delivered us from our hostage taker…Satan.

2. My friends, Jesus gave everything He had to free us from our
   sins. His greatest thirst is for you and me to be saved.




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CONCLUSION:

1. This morning, we have learned several lessons from Jesus'
   fifth saying from the cross.

a. First, we have learned that suffering always, always, has a
   purpose and that something good can come from it.

b. Second, we have learned that God understands our pain
   because He experienced suffering too.

c. Third, we have learned that Jesus' greatest thirst is for us to
   be saved.

2. If you were at Calvary and could have quenched Jesus' thirst,
   would you have done it? Would you have given Jesus His
   final request?

3. This morning, if you are not a Christian, you can quench the
   Lord's thirst by coming forward and devoting your life to
   Him…believing, repenting, and be baptized for the
   forgiveness of your sins.

4. If you would like to respond to the Lord's invitation, please
   come as we stand and sing.




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