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The Passion of the Christ (5 of 7)
I Thirst: The Most Human Words
Today we come to the fifth message in our series of messages on "The Passion of the Christ." I will remind you that the word passion means suffering, the sufferings of the Christ. No place in scripture do we find the sufferings of the Christ more pronounced than in the seven last words of Jesus on the cross. We are going to look at John 19-28-29 and if you will notice the word that Jesus speaks, the fifth word from the cross. We come again today to the place called Calvary. The place where we come with our sins and we see the Savior's righteousness; we come with our bitterness and we see a Savior's sweetness; we come with our despair and we see a Savior's assurance; we come with our doubts and we see a Savior's life; we come to Calvary with our lack of hope and we receive a Savior's life everlasting, the place called Calvary. And in the fifth saying of Jesus we see the human nature of Jesus expressed in these words.
John 19:28-29 "after this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst.' Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled the sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth."
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished that the scriptures might be fulfilled saith, I thirst. What is there for us in this word of Jesus as He said from the cross, I thirst? Well certainly these words of Jesus pronounced to us the very human nature of Jesus. That Jesus was not only divine, but Jesus was human. The words, "I thirst" speak to us of a human need. It is human to thirst. Isn't it ironic that on the cross was the Son of God who made the fountains of water and yet who made the rivers of water said, I thirst. On the cross was the Son of God who made the oceans and who made all the water in the oceans and who made all the water in all the wells and in all the reservoirs of the earth and yet He who made all the water said, I thirst? On the cross is the Son of God who makes the rain to fall from the sky to quench the parched earth and to quench the drought that the earth experiences from time to time and yet He who makes the rain to fall said, I thirst. On the cross is the One who said I am the water of life and yet He who was the water of life spoke from the cross and said I thirst. On the cross is the One who said, he that thirsteth let him come unto me and drink and out of His innermost being shall flow a river of life. And he who cometh to me and drinketh shall never thirst again, and yet He who said he who cometh to me and drinketh shall never thirst again said, I thirst. Why did Jesus cry from the cross the words "I thirst"? No word of Jesus especially the last words of Jesus are given by accident or by incident. These words are of primary importance given by the Holy Spirit of God in His infalli ...
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