The Pronouncement of Thirst (5 of 8) by Ernest Easley

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The Seven Sayings from the Cross
The Pronouncement of Thirst
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
John 19.28
March 3, 1996

We're in the middle of a series of messages on The Seven Sayings from the Cross. Now .. the Word of God tells us that the message of the cross is foolish to some people. To others ... it is the power of God! Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1.18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

To those who are perishing ... the message of the cross is foolishness. To those who are being saved ... the message of the cross is the power of God!

"The blood that Jesus shed for me, way back on Calvary, the blood that gives me strength from day to day, it will never lose its' power."

Take God's Word please and turn to John's gospel .. chapter 19! John 19! These are the last words Jesus Christ spoke while hanging on that old rugged cross.

This morning .. we come to the fifth saying from the cross. The first saying was a word for the crowd, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." The second saying was a word to a criminal, "Today, you will be with me in paradise." The third saying was a word to a comrade, "Behold, your mother."

Last Sunday we heard the fourth saying from the cross. It was a word of concession, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"

And now today .. we come to the fifth saying from the cross. As we lean in to listen ... as we survey the wondrous cross on which the prince of glory died .. we find here a word of conquest.

We're thinking this morning on this subject:

Here we read that the One who scooped up the seas and the oceans .. the One who opened the first cloud that ever dropped rain upon the earth .. the One who brought water out of a rock in the middle of the desert .. cried out from the cross, "I thirst."

What brought on this thirst? What caused the Water of Life dry up? ...


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