I Thirst

Pastor Scott Applegate

“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 NLT

What is the significance of Jesus’ thirst on the cross?

  • It showed His humanity

“Who, being in very natureGod,did not consider equality with Godsomething to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very natureof a servant,being made in human likeness.And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himselfby becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8 NIV

  • It was the fulfillment of prophesy 

“…they offer me sour wine for my thirst.” Psalms 69:21b NLT

“Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning.” Exodus 12:22 NLT

  • It was a demonstration of His love for us

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIV

How do I get my thirst satisfied? 

  • I need to realize what I am thirsty for

“You, God, are my God,earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched landwhere there is no water.” Psalms 63:1 NIV

  • I need to stop looking for fulfillment in the wrong places – and find it in the right One

“For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—    the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!” Jeremiah 2:13 NLT

“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds,“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given,because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” John 7:37-39 NLT

  • I need to pursue satisfaction in serving and caring for those who are broken and forgotten

“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus:‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 NLT

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:37-40 NLT

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;ensure justice for those being crushed.Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT

Mockery to Mercy

Pastor Brian Sump

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the Jews. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:32-43 NIV

Mercy: God withholding the judgment we deserve, and instead granting to us the forgiveness we have not earned

The Three Crosses Highlight: ‘

1.Our disposition toward rebellion

“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” Luke 23:39 NLT

He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.” Matthew 27:42-44 NLT

2. Our need for repentance
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:40-41 NLT

What do we see from the thief on the right?

  • He had an encounter with God
  • He realized the end was near
  • He realized he would face his maker and be held accountable
  • He admitted that he had sinned and deserved death
  • Then he acknowledged Jesus was perfect

3. Christ’s gift of redemption

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43 NIV

Learning to Love Like Jesus

Pastor Scott Applegate

Near the crossof Jesus stood his mother,his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he lovedstanding nearby, he said to her,“Woman,here is your son,”and to the disciple,“Here is your mother.”From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” John 19:25-27 NIV

Three Questions to Ponder That Should Encourage Our Faith

1.If He took care of them then, how much more will He will take care of us now?

“My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God’s word and obey it.” Luke 8:21 NLT

2. If He took care of them during His most difficult hour, how much more will He take care of us now as our resurrected King?

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty powerthat raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT

3. If He provided for the relational needs of John and Mary, how much more has He provided this for us through the Church?

Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.” “Yes,”Jesus replied,“and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.” Luke 18:28-20 NLT

To Love Like Jesus I Must: 

1.Care for my own family

  • Pay attention to what’s going on
  • Show respect
  • Meet practical needs
  • Give emotional support
  • Stick together

2. Treat fellow believers as family

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do goodto all people, especially to those who belong to the familyof believers.” Galatians 6:10 NIV

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” 1 Timothy 5:1-2 NIV

3. Learn to see the pain of others, even when I am in pain

“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:4-5 NLT

4. Meet the needs of others, even if my needs aren’t met

“We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” Romans 15:2-3 NLT

How to Live and Die Well

Pastor Scott Applegate

“By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.” Luke 23:44-46 NLT

What is the secret to living and dying well? Trusting God

  • Trusting God marked the life and death of Jesus

How do I learn to trust God?

1.I get to know the Father’s heart for me

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate,slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:8-9 NIV

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…” 1 John 3:1 NIV

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:3-6 NIV

2. I believe that the Father always knows best

My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Matthew 26:39 NLT

  • He can be trusted because He is Sovereign, All-Knowing, and perfect in His love

“Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

  • He is taking care of things that I cannot see and do not understand (Romans 8:28)

3. I put all my life into His hands

  • The things that are eternal

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Matthew 16:26 NIV

“My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30 CSB

  • The things that are temporal

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV

Practicing What He Preached

Pastor Scott Applegate

“Jesus said,“Father,forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 NIV

  • When Jesus prayed this from the cross He was putting into practice what He preached
  • It is easier to preach what He practiced than to practice what He preached.
  • Jesus never asks us to do something He hasn’t already done Himself

Example #1

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” Luke 6:27-28 NLT

“It was just before the Passover Festival.Jesus knew that the hour had comefor him to leave this world and go to the Father.Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,and that he had come from Godand was returning to God;so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet,drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:1-5 NIV

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justifiedby his blood,how much more shall we be saved from God’s wraththrough him!For if, while we were God’s enemies,we were reconciledto him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:8-10 NIV

Example #2

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” Matthew 5:38-39 NIV

“Jesus replied,“Everyone knows what I teach. I have preached regularly in the synagogues and the Temple, where the peoplegather. I have not spoken in secret.Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. They know what I said.” Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face. “Is that the way to answer the high priest?” he demanded. Jesus replied,“If I said anything wrong, you must prove it. But if I’m speaking the truth, why are you beating me?” Then Annas bound Jesus and sent him to Caiaphas, the high priest.” John 18:20-24 NLT
Example #3

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matthew 5:11 NIV

 “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”  When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:21-23 NIV

How can I put into practice what He preached?

  • I need to take up my cross daily

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NLT

  • I need to learn to respond and not react

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV

  • I need to walk in the Spirit

“So I say, walk by the Spirit,and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…” Galatians 5:16 NIV

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 NLT

  • I need to forgive as I have been forgiven

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 NLT

What to do when you feel forsaken

Pastor Scott Applegate

“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).”  Matthew 27:45-46 NIV

When I Feel Forsaken I Need To…

  1. Run to the One Who truly understands and empathizes with me

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 CSB

  • Jesus went through His suffering alone, He truly knows what it feels like to be forsaken. We will never be forsaken or truly alone.

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” Psalm 27:10 NIV

2. Remember what Jesus went through for me, so that I would never be forsaken

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”      2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

  • On the cross Jesus became our substitute 

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…”                            1 Peter 3:18 NIV

  • The substitution of Jesus for us shows that:
  • God is both equally holy and just, and love and mercy
  • God takes sin serious
  • Grace is costly

“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT

“Grace is free only because the giver Himself has borne the cost.” Philipp Yancey

3. Rely on how much God loves me

“Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? ...Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death…No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 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 8:32, 35, 37-39 NLT

  • This tells me that though I am unworthy, I am not worthless

4. Respond with faith, gratefulness, and worship

“Now we rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God—all because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done in dying for our sins—making us friends of God.” Romans 5:11 LB

“…I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:23-26 NIV

The Most Important Words Ever Spoken

Pastor Scott Applegate

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.When Jesus had tasted it, he said,“It is finished!”Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:28-30 NLT

“It is finished”: TETELESTAI

  • Servant: The task is completed
  • Judge: Justice has been served
  • Accountant: The debt has been paid in full
  • Artist: The painting is finished
  • Priest: The perfect sacrifice has been given

What did Jesus finish by His death and resurrection?

  1. Jesus fulfilled all that God had promised 

“Then he said,“When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.”Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.And he said,“Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations,beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.” Luke 24:44-47 NLT

“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT

  1. Jesus satisfied what God’s justice required

“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us…” Romans 8:3-4 NLT

“For Christ is the endof the law for righteousnessto everyone who believes” Romans 10:4 CSB

  1. Jesus paid my debt of sin

He canceled the unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:14 GNT

For it is by his Son alone that we have been redeemed and have had our sins forgiven.” Colossians 1:14 JBP

  1. Jesus defeated the power of the devil

the Son of God came to destroy these works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 LB

  • His power to scare me with the fear of death

“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT

Jesus said to her,“I amthe resurrection and the life.The one who believesin me will live, even though they die;and whoever lives by believingin me will never die.Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah,the Son of God,who is to come into the world.” John 11:25-27 NIV

  • His power to tempt me

“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,” Colossians 1:13 NLT

  • His power to accuse me

“In this way God took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin, and God openly displayed to the whole world Christ’s triumph at the cross where your sins were all taken away.” Colossians 2:15 LB