Journey with Jesus: The Power of the Cross of Christ
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
Every word of Jesus that He spoke from the cross was gathered up and preserved.
Just as not one of His bones was broken not one Word was lost.
There were seven of the last words that He spoke and we are looking at four of them over the four weeks of March.
Our Lord in His death cries is perfection just like everything else that He did.
The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
Look at how His last words teach our faith.
- Father forgive them for they don’t know what they do.
Here is the forgiveness of sin
- Today you shall be with me in paradise
The assurance of our salvation and our place in heaven no purgatory
- Woman behold your son
Christ’s Humanity and notice we are not to worship Her she is just another woman not a God.
- My God My God why have you forsaken me. Last weeks message.
The penalty endured by our substitute when He bore our sins and was rejected by God. The edge of the sword pierced His heart and blood and water flowed Jesus truly died of a broken heart.
5. I thirst todays message
Every word fulfilled
6. It is finished
There is a complete justification of the believer since the work required for redemption has been fully accomplished.
7. Father into your hands I commit my Spirit.
His Spirit comes back to God and Us with Him.
So we see the grand doctrines of our faith are laid out in his last Words.
The King holding the Key of David
The son of man
The accepted sacrifice
So lets dig into our text two words I Thirst
The sign of His true humanity
This is the complaint of a man I am thirsty.
He made the oceans
The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land.
If I was thirsty I would not tell you.
He bears our infirmities.
Bone of our bones and flesh of our flesh.
This was the thirst of death
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
That thirst was caused by a loss of blood
And the fever caused by the 4 wounds
The nails were fastened in the most sensitive parts of the body
And the wounds were widened as the weight of his body dragged the nails through his flesh and tore His nerves.
So he cries out the fulfillment of Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
He is indeed Emmanuel Matthew 1:23 God with us!
His Suffering Substitution
Last week we saw him suffer in our place spiritually as he was separated from His Father.
This week we see his suffering in His body
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Adams appetite destroyed us. Christ’s thirst saved us.
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
A type of Man’s treatment of His Lord
Man has a natural enmity towards God.
Billy Graham America’s preacher.
Prayer at a football game.
Prayer ridiculed by modern culture as a waste of time.
Man takes a superior place to God in man’s thinking.
But what does the Bible say?
Man is a fallen creature with a carnal mind that can not be reconciled to God.
They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
This is how man treats God.
His Thirst was more then physical
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
He was thirsty for us.
To pluck us from the jaws of hell
But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Himanything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work
He loves us we hate him
Crucified with Christ
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
All of our thirst is a desire for him
He fills that void inside of us
That void is a God shaped hole
He can satisfy you at your most basic level your identity
Find Christ find yourself.