1. Hello listening friends, we are delighted that you have joined us once again.
2. It is always a delight for us to know that you have been listening to us regularly to this program.
3. We would be delighted to hear from you and know how this is helping you.
4. We have been looking at the seven words from the cross.
5. And I want to talk to you about this fifth one.
6. But I want to begin by telling you this.
7. The most treasured words of anyone are those words that are uttered on their death bed.
8. I came across a pamphlet containing words of dying unbelievers contrasted by the last words of dying believers.
9. Among the unbelievers were the words of Thomas Hobbs.
10. He was a self-confessed atheist.
11. And he said the following as he was dying.
12. I am taking a fearful leap into the dark.
13. And then the French agnostic by the name of Voltaire on his death-bed said the following.
14. I am abandoned by God and man I shall go to hell.
15. But if we listen to some of the words of the believers as they died.
16. Moody the evangelist said the following.
17. This is glorious, earth recedes, heaven is opening, God is calling me.
18. In my last four broadcasts I have been telling you about the last statements from the cross.
19. The seven sayings from the cross of Christ have been cherished by Christians for two thousand years.
20. Let me just remind you of what I said.
21. The first of these words was about 9 o’clock in the morning.
22. Jesus interceded on behalf of people who hung him on the cross.
23. And he said forgive them for they know not what they are doing.
24. Then in the middle of the morning.
25. He spoke a word of assurance and promise to the repentant fellow on the cross next to him.
26. And he said to him, today you shall be with me in paradise.
27. Then toward noon.
28. Undistracted by his own pain.
29. He made a provision for his own mother.
30. Then when the brightness of high noon became blacker than midnight.
31. He uttered a cry of mystery.
32. Preserved in the very words that he spoke.
33. Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?
34. My God, my God, why have thou forsaken me.
35. Now we come to the fifth of the seven sayings from the cross.
36. And this one is recorded in the gospel of John only.
37. Remember that John was there in person.
38. John was there and he heard Jesus to be saying I thirst.
39. Let us read verses 28 and 29 of John 19.
40. Now, this cry from the cross is not the cry of provision for others.
41. But rather a cry of agony that self-consciously came from the lips of the Lord.
42. First it is a cry of physical suffering.
43. The gospel writers do not necessarily want to give us the gory details of the crucifixion.
44. But from the gospel accounts, prior to the crucifixion there was a day or two of tension or apprehension.
45. It was the tension of the upper room.
46. It was the tension of Gethsemane.
47. Tension and apprehension heightened the sense of thirst.
48. Where the Lord prayed with such intensity his sweat was like drops of blood.
49. And that caused intense dehydration.
50. First it was Annas.
51. And then Caiaphas.
52. And the whole Sanhedrin.
53. Then across the city to Jerusalem from the judgement hall of Caiaphas to the fortress of Antona.
54. Then there was the tension of the arrest and the trip from Gethsemane to the judgement hall of Caiaphas where the three stages of Jewish trial took place.
55. And then a fourth interrogation by Pilate.
56. Then he was dragged across the city again to the judgement hall of Herod where there was a fifth interrogation.
57. And finally back to Pilate where for the sixth time in the early hours of the morning where he was interrogated and mocked.
58. No where in the Scripture is there records that the Lord Jesus was ever given any relief for his physical needs.
59. On the contrary,
60. From what we know of the treatment of people on these occasions of those days.
61. He probably was dragged with brutality from place to place.
63. Then there was the flogging.
64. Many men have died from the cruelty of such flogging.
65. But he was weakened so much that he could not carry the cross up the hill to crucifixion.
66. After the flogging there was the laceration and the loss of blood that followed.
67. And then there was the suspension on the cross for six hours.
68. No wonder his soul anguished with the cry of physical thirst.
69. In the original language it’s only one word.
70. It goes like this, thirst.
71. In response, one of the soldiers dipped a sponge in a jar of wine vinegar on the end of a javelin and lifted it up to him.
72. We don’t know whether this was really an act of cruelty or an act of kindness.
73. Some have said that the soldiers were sharing with Jesus some of their sour wine.
74. I don’t believe that the New Testament writers want us to reflect so much on the details on Jesus’ physical suffering.
75. I believe that the New Testament writers want us to reflect more on the cross and what it means for our salvation than the details of the physical pain.
76. My listening friend I want to ask you a question.
77. What does the anguish of the cross say to you and to me?
79. That Jesus will never, never turn down anyone who comes to him crying for salvation.
80. If you have ever doubted whether Christ has heard your cry of surrender meditate upon his suffering on the cross and that should tell you that he has.
81. There are times in the lives of even of believers when shadows of doubt fall over them.
82. There are times in the lives of believers when they wonder if Jesus would keep his word of promise.
83. Would he ever keep the promise that says whoever comes to me, in no way I will cast out.
84. Will he keep the promise that says, those whom the Father has given me, I will lose none?
85. Or will he keep his promise that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved?
86. What about come unto me all that travail and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
87. When you see Calvary distilled in that word I thirst, it ought to remind you of what the apostle Paul said,
88. God who spared not his only Son but delivered him up for us, how will he not with him freely give us all things?
89. It is impossible for anyone who would come to the Lord saying Lord save me that the Lord would not save him.
90. In that word, I thirst, Jesus gives us the assurance that our treaty of peace with God has been signed.
92. The word I thirst ought to be remembered and meditated upon at times of temptation.
93. None of us will go through life without the constant, subtle, clever, craftiness of the tempter.
94. He comes to you and to me in the moment of loneliness or in the moment of fatigue or whatever your own weakness may give him and tries to tempt us.
95. He is always ready for us to give him a door of opportunity or a foothold.
96. He is waiting for us to get out of the way just a little bit.
97. Our adversary is there ready to push us all the way.
98. How do you meet that temptation?
99. The way you and I are to meet this temptation is at the moment of temptation.
1. Whether be it greed,
2. Or sensuality,
3. Or hot anger of hatred.
4. Whatever it may be that pulls you in your life.
5. At the moment of temptation stop right then and meditate on the reality that fastened Jesus to the cross and caused him to call out, I thirst.
6. When you do this at the moment of greed or dishonesty.
7. When you do that at the moment of impurity or hate.
8. When you do that at the moment of unbridled passion.
9. At that moment, stop and recall that time on the cross when your Savior and mine cried out, I thirst.
10. When you do that you will receive power to overcome.
11. You will receive power to stop.
12. You will receive power to turn.
13. You will receive power to say no.
14. You will receive the power of victory.
15. If this stops here, it would still be enough.
16. But there is a deeper meaning of this cry, I thirst.
17. The word of God gives us fuller meaning to the cry, I thirst.
18. If you have a Bible, turn to Psalm 42.
19. It says,
20. As the deer panteth after the water, my soul pants after you, o God, my soul thirsts for the living God, when can I go and meet with God?
21. Remember that the preceding cry, the cry of my last message, was a cry of desertion.
22. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.
23. With the totality of humanities sin weighing down heavily upon him.
24. With all the confusion of sin.
25. With all the disruption of sin.
26. With all the suffering of sin.
27. He had for the first time and for the only time in eternity seen the back of the Father.
28. And having tasted the wrath of God he cried out with the Psalmist, I thirst.
29. He thirsts for the renewal of fellowship with the Father.
30. He thirsts to be in the presence of God the Father.
31. What about you?
32. When was the last time did you thirst for God?
33. When was the last time you thirst for being in the presence of God?
34. What broken system are you looking to and to satisfy your thirst?
35. In John chapter 4 at Jacob’s well in Samaria, Jesus met a woman.
36. A woman like all of us who was tempted to get her satisfaction from a broken system and from the counterfeit water.
37. And Jesus said to her,
38. Anyone who drinks from this water shall thirst again.
39. This woman thought that her satisfaction comes from her religious tradition.
40. This woman thought that her satisfaction can come from observing some dead rituals.
41. This woman thought her satisfaction come from her feeding of her sensuality.
42. Jesus said to her,
43. This kind of water gives you a false sense of satisfaction.
44. Some of you may be drinking from the fountain of work.
45. Thinking that if I can just do a little more I will be satisfied.
46. Some of you are drinking at the well of drunkenness.
47. Thinking that it will take away your pain.
48. Some of you may be drinking from the water of selfishness and self-centeredness.
49. But written all over these broken systems that whoever drinks from this water will thirst again and again.
50. But thirsting after God is the only thirst that truly satisfies.
51. Jesus was thirsting for the Father.
52. Also this cry was a cry of surrender and submission.
53. The Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus the eternal Son of God is one for whom and through whom the whole world was created.
54. When the Father said let there be light, the Lord Jesus Christ organized this light.
55. When the Father said, let us make man in our own image.
56. The eternal Son administered and brought that about.
57. When the Father said let there be separation between firmament and the waters.
58. The pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ administered that.
59. The one who created all the rivers and the oceans and the lakes of the world in surrender to the Father said, I thirst.
60. The one who put all the waters together in submission to the Father said, I thirst.
61. In I Corinthians chapter 10 Paul said,
62. In the wilderness Israel drank from the spiritual rock that followed them and that rock was Christ.
63. Now this same rock the Lord Jesus Christ said, I thirst.
64. This same Lord who in the beginning of his ministry refused to prostitute his spiritual power to turn stone into bread refused to minimize the suffering of Calvary to slacken his own thirst.
65. This is an act of submission.
66. My listening friend.
67. I want you to listen to what I am going to tell you as I bring this message to a close.
68. There are many ways for us to assert ourselves.
69. To force our own opinions on others.
70. There are many ways for us to parade our pride.
71. There are many ways for us to see that our will must be done.
72. But when you hear the voice of the Galilean again and again saying, you can do all that but for my sake, submit and do it not.
73. Jesus suffering physically, spiritually, and willing submitted his own will to the will of the Father.
74. He was under no constraint to do it at all.
75. John who recorded the words, I thirst, tells us in Revelation 7.
76. That when we are gathered around the lamb.
77. We shall neither hunger nor thirst anymore.
78. In his presence all thirst will slacken.
79. For we shall be forever in the presence of the one who is the water of life.
80. Do you know him?
81. You can know him today.
82. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.