Oasis Bulletin13: PASSOVER 2009 - I THIRST

THE FIFTH WORD ON THE CROSS - "I THIRST"

The Fifth, for his physical needs, abandonment by men. I THIRST

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. (John 19:28 KJVR)

I thirst; which was literally true of him, and may be also understood spiritually of his great thirst and eager desire after the salvation of his people

The fifth word of Jesus is His only human expression of His physical suffering.

Jesus is now in shock. The wounds inflicted upon him in the scourging, the crowning with thorns, and the nailing upon the cross are now taking their toll, especially after losing blood on the three-hour walk through the city of Jerusalem to Golgotha on the Way of the Cross.

Systematic studies of the Shroud of Turin, as reported by Gerald O'Collins [1] in Interpreting Jesus, indicate the passion of Jesus was far worse than one could imagine. The Shroud has been exhaustively studied by every possible scientific maneuver, and the scientific burden of proof is now on those who do not accept the Shroud as the burial cloth of Jesus.
THEY GAVE ME ALSO GALL FOR MY MEAT; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (Psalms 69:21 KJVR)

“They gave me also gall for my meat.” This was the sole refreshment cruelty had prepared for him. Others find pleasure in their food, but his taste was made to be an additional path of pain to him.

“And in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” A criminal's draught was offered to our innocent Lord, a bitter portion to our dying Master.

How often have our sins filled the gall-cup for our Redeemer? While we blame the Jews, let us not excuse ourselves.

Jesus says I thirst – for the lost souls.
                      I thirst – for us to receive salvation.
                      I thirst – for us to be holy.
                      I thirst – for a blessing on your life.
                      I thirst – for us not to go to hell. He has prayed for us not to be in hell. 
                      I thirst – is there anyone out here to go and save the lost. 
                      I thirst – so that you can help the missions.
                      I thirst – so that my people will know me more.

May we all be a source to help quench the thirst of our LORD and may we also be thirsty to help others top know Christ - "I THIRST".

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God Bless you
Oasis– (Only Believe and Keep the Faith)
[1]. Gerald O'Collins. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, by Gerald O'Collins, June 1993. 
       Gerald O'Collins is a Research Professor of Theology at St Mary's University College, Twickenham.


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