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Summary: Cries From The Cross - Cry of Suffering (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: John chapter 19 verses 28-30.

In this series of studies:

• We are considering the seven statements of Jesus from the cross:

• These statements are very important to us:

• Not only because of the Person who spoke them;

• But, also because of the place where they were said.

• Remember the context that these great words were spoken in;

• It was when our Jesus was doing His greatest work on earth,

Quote:

“These seven last words from the cross are windows that enable us to look into eternity and see the heart of God.”

• This morning we are looking at the fifth statement that Jesus made on the cross;

• “I thirst?”

Note:

• Jesus was crucified at nine o'clock in the morning,

• And He spent the first three hours on the cross in the sunlight.

• Then darkness came, and the cross was shrouded in darkness for three hours.

• At the end of that darkness,

• Jesus made his fourth statement:

• "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew chapter 27 verse 46).

The last three statements Jesus made from the cross are cantered upon Himself:

• His first three statements centred upon others;

• His enemies, the thief, and John and Mary.

• The fourth statement Jesus made;

• Centred on God himself.

But in the last three statements that Jesus made from the cross:

• We see a different focus, now the Lord focuses upon Himself,

• And in particular the three elements that make up a human being:

• (a). His body:

• "I thirst" (John chapter 19 verse 28);

• (b). His soul:

• "It is finished" (John chapter 19 verse 30);

• Isaiah chapter 53 verse 11;

• “After the suffering of his soul”, or “He shall see of the travail of his soul”.

• (c). His spirit:

• "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke chapter 23 verse 46).

• On the cross we see that Body, soul and spirit;

• Were all offered by Jesus in perfect obedience to His Father.

The shortest of the seven statements that Jesus made from the cross:

• Is this one found in John chapter 19 verse 28:

• "I thirst."

• In the Greek New Testament it is one word of four letters.

• It is the only statement in which Jesus referred to His body and His physical suffering.

• It may only be one simple word;

• But it reveals to us the heart of Jesus in a deeper loving way.

• When we hear Jesus say, "I thirst,"

• We are able to see three portraits of Christ:

(The 1st portrait): The suffering Son of Man.

• Jesus Christ was truly a man,

• Fully human!

NOTE:

• Non-Christians struggle to believe in the deity of Jesus;

• They accept him as a great human teacher but not the Son of God.

• Some Christians struggle with the humanity of Jesus,

• They struggle to appreciate that he was fully human!

Ill:

• We see the two natures of Jesus in perfect unity and harmony.

• Just like the parallel lines of a railway track.


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