My God, My God why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46
I am thirsty. John 19:28
1. The Setting
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Matthew 27:41-49
Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. John 19:28-29
II. Christ’s fourth WORD from the cross
The Sixth hour…”Eloi, Eloi lema sabachthani”
What does He Mean by This?
Jesus is Abandoned by His Father.
The True Meaning of the C ross .
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 1 Corinthians 5:21
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:5
God can’t look upon sin. He is a Holy God. That’s why we were in the state of separation from God before Jesus forgave our sins on the cross. So God had to turn way, to forsake, to abandon His Son, to hide sin from his view and provide salvation for sinners.
III. Christ’s fifth WORD from the cross
Jesus Uttered a Final plea for some physical relief. “I am thirsty.”
He is at the very end asking for relief from total dehydration.
He was given a Sponge in a M ocking Gesture.
IV. No one can take my life from me
“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” John 10:18
Voluntarily accepted and voluntarily endured by Jesus Christ
…for the Glory of his heavenly Father
…for the E ternal well-being of his People.
Not my will but yours be done. Luke 22:42
…for the Fulfillment of Scripture
The whole picture is one of total Devotion & Commitment to the Father’s program for his life and total command of the Situation.
I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4
V. Spiritual Thirst
This he verb “thirst” is used 6 times in John. All five are in contexts referring to “spiritual thirst.”
Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. John 4:14
(also John 6:35, John 7:37-38)
Vi. Separation from the Father
The H orror of separation from God.
The joy of intimate fellowship with his Father was Gone.
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
VII. The Truth of Substitution
Our Thirst for God can be quenched, because Jesus thirsted for us.
Our Hearts troubles can be removed, because Jesus was troubled for us.
Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!’ John 12:27
3. Our Longing for God can be met, because Jesus longed for us.
Jesus was thirsty so we can be quenched
Jesus was troubled so we can have peace
Jesus was abandoned so we would never be
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39