Date: April 2011
Searching the Scriptures
“Search the Scriptures… They are they which testify of Me. “ John 5:39”
Author: Bob Moses
The Seven Utterances of Jesus From the Cross
Fifth, The Word of Suffering! “Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” (John 19:28),
“I thirst.” What a text for a sermon, how comprehensive, how expressive, and how tragic! The Maker of Heaven and Earth with parched lips! The Lord of Glory in need of a drink, to quench His thrist. The fact that this is recorded as one of the seven Cross-Utterances of our Lord intimates that it is a word of precious meaning, a word to be treasured, a word deserving our attention. What is this utterance to teach us? May the Holy Spirit illuminate our understanding as we fix our attention upon it.
What we see before us is the “humanity” of Jesus. When the perfect union of God the Father and God the Son entered into a union of the two in one Person, this homogenesis created the Lord Jesus; not as a Divine Man nor a Humanized God but rather, He became the God-Man, forever God and forever Man, both His Diety and Humanity combined into One. He did not lay aside His Divine attributes, nor did He cease to be all that He previously was within the heavenly realm, but He took upon Himself the humanity of men, the lowly creature He had Himself created, in order to save a family of mankind unto Himself; which was His goal before the foundations of the world.
Allow us to look back upon the goal of God. (Gen. 1:1) “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. (Gen 1: 26--31) And let us (notice the plural), make man in our own image, after our own likeness ; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life. I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good.”
Thus we see God’s intention upon His chosen people. Then as we follow the narrative we see Adam following Satan and his evil ways, and mankind lost his spiritual nature and became a part of Satan’s evil empire. And man’s lust for evil continues to exist, through pride of life, lust of the eye and self-centeredness. And listening to the same song of Satan to our mother Eve, thou shall not “surely die”, but shall become enlightened as God’s. She fell for it, Adam fell for it, where are you? Either stand for something for fall for anything. Whom do you choose, The truth of Jesus the Christ or Satan, the deceiver? This is your eternal choice my friend, not mine. Mine is assured!!
Please forgive me for digressing from our subject matter, but interestingly enough the Holy Spirit takes us away often times, to address other issues commiserate upon His family. There are some who read this ministry who need various applications of which I am not suspect. I am honored to follow, wherever the Spirit may lead, as it responds to the Glory of our Lord and the Holy Scriptures, as presented to me.
Regarding both the Diety and Humanity of the Savior let us once again refer to brother Pink in his gleanings of the Messianic prediction. “Prophecy represented the Coming One sometimes as Divine, sometimes as human. He was the Branch “of the Lord” (Isa. 4:2). He was the Wonderful Counsellor, the mighty God, the Father of the ages (Heb.), the ”Prince of peace” (Isa. 9:6). The One who was to come forth out of Bethlehem and be Ruler in Israel, was One whose goings forth had been from the days of Eternity (Micah 5:2). It was none less than Jehovah Himself who was to come suddenly to the temple (Mal. 3:1). Yet, on the other hand, He was the woman’s seed” (Gen 3:15); a prophet like unto Moses ( Deut. 18:18); a lineal descendant of David (11 Sam. 7: 12,13). He was Jehovah’s “servant” (Isa. 42:1). He was “the Man of sorrows” (Isa. 53:3). And it is in the New Testament we see these two different sets of prophecy harmonized. The One born at Bethlehem was the Divine Word. He was both Son of God and Son of Man. Not two separate personalities, but one Person possessing two natures the Divine and Human”.
Let us notice once again, that after hours upon the Cross and having passed upon unmerciful agony Our Lord had a clear mind and memory unimpaired. Mentally, He had reviewed all of the Messianic predictions and remembers one prophetic Scripture un-fulfilled, (Psalm 69: 20 & 21) “Reproach hath broken my heart: and I am full of heaviness; and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, I found none. They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” What a submission to God the Father. The Lord Jesus could have easily called upon the army’s of heaven to come to His rescue, His resources abundant. The very One who brought forth “water” from the rock at the beaconing of Moses for the people of Israel in the desert, He who turned water into wine at a marriage feast, He who called three fishes to cough-up a tithe for the Passover. But let it be known that no where in Scripture do we see Him asking God for anything for Himself, nor performing any miracle for Himself. His mission was about the “Serving” of God the Father, His every word and every breathe, was for the Glory of the Father. Thus the Divine One at the Divine Time, and at the Divine place! Only God could write such a script.
Do not grumble with me about your lack of a several thousand dollar home. My Lord had not even a place to lay His head. Do not grumble with me about your lack of earthly goods. My Lord had no tangible assets. Do not grumble with me about your retirement plans. My Lord did not even reach His Thirty-fourth birthday. Do not grumble with me about your lack of a good vehicle. My Lord rode into Jerusalem upon the back of an ass. Do not grumble with me about not having money to buy wine, beer, and strong drink. My Lord was given vinegar, rather than a cup of water. Do not grumble about your future. What have you done today? Should, My Lord, return tomorrow morning, what have you done to proclaim Him? I leave you to ponder these thoughts.
When Christ uttered “I thirst”, He demonstrated a human, universal need. We thirst for the very thing that the world does not offer, and that is the food and water of the Holy Spirit. Christ said; “Drink of this water, and ye shall never thirst again.” Meaning the Water of the Word of God, the Holy Bible, the Spirit of God. It is the soul of man, the spirit of man who seeks God’s favor and blessing. Our Soul thrist for it, yet cannot find it because we do not feed it. The only way we can fulfill this void is by surrendering ourselves to the will of God, and His Holy Scriptures. Christ will return again, He will rule the earth, and He will be the King of Kings forever and forever. If you feel your spirit and soul thirsting, please go to the fountain, and drink of the Word of God. For Christ saith; “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.” (John 4:14). This thirst is a spiritual one, and that is why natural things cannot quench it. Mankind unknown to himself does thirst for God. (Psa. 42.2). (Matt. 5:6) “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled”.
I cannot leave this utterance of our Lord “I thirst”, without plagiarizing the words of A.W. Pink in his Publication of the Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Third printing January 1978, of which most of the material for this “Searching of the Scriptures” has been gleaned. Mr. Pink states; “There is a sense, a real one, in which Christ still thirsts. He is thirsting for the love and devotion of His own. He is yearning for fellowship with His blood brought people. Here is one of the great marvels of grace—a redeemed sinner can offer that which satisfies the heart of Christ! I can understand how I ought to appreciate His love, but how wonderful that He, the all sufficient One, should appreciate my love! I have learned how blessed to my own soul is communion with Him, but who would have supposed that my communion was blessed to Christ? Yet it is. For this He will “thirsts.” Grace enables us to offer that which refreshes Him.
Have you noticed in John 4 that through Christ said to the woman who came to the well, “Give Me to drink”—for that He had sat there “wearied” from the journey and heat that He never took a drink of water? Could He have taken a gourd of water upon His own to satisfy His own parched lips? Undoubtedly so! Then why wait? So easily explained, just as I would wait upon my beloved wife to first have a drink, or a morsel to eat, I would pause for her comfort first. She means more to me than bread and water, it is in her, that my soul delights. So Christ, in the salvation and faith of this Samaritan woman He found that which refreshed His heart! Love is never satisfied till there is a response and love in return! So, with Christ. Here is the key to Rev.3:20; “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” This is often applied to the unsaved, but its primary reference is to the Church. It pictures Christ seeking the fellowship of His own. He speaks of “supping” and in Scripture supping is ever the symbolic of Communion, just as the Lord’s Supper is a special season of communion between the Saviour and the saved. And observe in this passage Christ speaks of a double supping: “I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with Me.” Not only is it our unspeakable privilege to sup with Him, and to commune with Him, to delight ourselves in Him, but He “sups” with us. He finds in our communion something for His heart to feed upon, something which refreshes Him, and that something is our devotion and love. Yes, the Christ of God still “thirsts,” thirsts for the affection of His own. O will you not offer that which will satisfy Him? Respond then to His own call, “Set Me as a seal upon thine heart”. (Song of Sa. 8:6).