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SEVEN SAYINGS from the CROSS # 4
A THEOLOGY for MEETING PERSONAL NEEDS
John 19:28
"I am thirsty."
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty." (NAS)

INTRODUCTION
We live in a me first generation. Most people look out for number one and number one is there own person. Jesus gives us the example, as He meets the desires of God first, Others second, and Himself last. This is true throughout His life, and climaxes here on the cross.
 
 

1.    A Theology for Meeting Personal Needs
Speaks to False Theology.
"I am thirsty."
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty." (NAS)

A.    False Theology says Jesus could not be God , and Man with a normal
        body.
           1.    His normal body got thirsty.

B.    False Theology says Jesus could not have been tempted.
           1.    Jesus was tempted earlier but refused, to drink.

Mark 15:23 And they tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it. (NAS)
        2.    Note the drink was a narcotic.

Strongs # 4669 smurnizo (smoor-nid'-zo); from 4667; to tincture with myrrh, i.e. embitter (as a narcotic): KJV-- mingle with myrrh.

C.    False Theology says God does not punish Sin.
        1.    Christ suffers the Thirst of Hell while on the Cross. Luke 16:24 (NAS)
24 "And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.'
 
 

2.    A Theology for Meeting Personal Needs Tells When
Needs Should Be Met. v 28
"I am thirsty."

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty." (NAS)

A.. After He had suffered much Pain then a cry of personal Desire.
        1.    Crucifixion produced a great thirst.
                a.    Mans two greatest desires, Food and Water.

        2.    Jesus an example of Self Control (Self is controlled by the Holy Spirit).
                a.    A fruit of the Spirit.

B.    After the Needs of Mankind are Met.
        1.    The Provisions for Mankind Sin had been met. v 28 a

C. After the Desires of God are Met. v 28 b
        1.    The Scripture had been fulfilled.

Ps 22:16
16 For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet. (NAS)

Ps 22:17-18
17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me;   18 They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. (NAS)

Ps 41:9
9 Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. (NAS)

Isa 53:7 (NAS)
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.

Illustration
I have on three occasions had major surgery. I had tubes in my mouth and my throat became very dry. I could not have any water to quench the dryness. When they finally took those tubes out I was eager to get some chips of ice to relieve my parched throat. I thought about Jesus suffering thirst. He did it for me and you.

Application

Jesus suffered a great thirst for us. If we accept His pardon we will never have to have the great thirst caused by the torment of Hell.
 
 

3.    A Theology for Meeting Personal Needs
Infers A Concern for my Spiritual Needs. v 28
"I am thirsty."
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty." (NAS)

A.    Jesus Thirst for Us to be Salt and Light. Matt 5:13
13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty {again} It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. (NAS)

        1.    We become salt in ministry. "Matt 25:34-37
34 "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me {something} to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? (NAS)

B.    Jesus has a Thirst for the Faltering Christian. Mark 16:7
7 "But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He said to you.'" (NAS)

        1.    It is significant that Jesus specifically calls for Simon Peter.

        2.    He Preached on the Day of Pentecost because the Lord called him.

C.    Jesus has a Thirst for the Average Christian to move Upward.
Matt 11:28-30     28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light." (NAS)
        1.    For the Average Christian to become a vibrant Witness.
                a.    95 % of Christians never win any one else to faith in Jesus.

D.    Jesus has a Thirst for the Person who is Spiritually Lost.
John 3:14    "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;   (NAS)

John 12:32    32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself."    (NAS)

    1.    This is the reason Christ dies;  so you and I can have life.

 
Conclusion
We have a beautiful gospel song titled "Fill My Cup" The Course says
Fill my cup Lord
I lift it up Lord
Come and quench the thirsting of my soul,
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more;
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
I pray you will recognize the Thirst Jesus had and has for YOU.
I say to you your spiritual thirst can be quenched.  Jesus is the only way a spiritual thirst can be quenched.







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