Tom Scott - 18/03/2018
Date: March 19, 2018
16,000 gallons of water. That seems like a lot of water, but that’s how much an average human consumes in their lifetime. Have you ever stopped and consider how much money we spend on liquids? Let me encourage to add up the amount of money we spend on such things as coffee, orange juice, pop, milk and other such products. One day as I was standing in the check-out line at a grocery store, it hit me that almost all the items on the counter was something that we would drink. The normal human being can only go five days without consuming some sort of liquid that replenishes the fluids our bodies expel. Is it any wonder that Jesus would cry out, “I am thirsty” as he was hanging from the cross? He was a human being much like us and his body was spent. His basic need for water was great and all they offered him was some sort of cheap wine mixed with vinegar. This was the topic of the message yesterday. Here are five questions for us to work through as we reflect upon the message. It is my prayer that these questions will help us increase our thirst for Jesus.
1. When was the last time in your life that you were truly thirsty and what did it take to quench that thirst?
2. Jesus was on the cross for six hours before he cried out in anguish for something to drink. What two reasons are given by John for why Jesus waited so long before crying out in thirst?
3. The second half of the message dealt with four types of thirst we might experience in our life. The first is a physical thirst for water and the second is an intellectual thirst for knowledge. How did Solomon try to quench his thirst for knowledge and what did he pass on to his sons when it comes to wisdom? (Proverbs 4:7-9)
4. Some people have an emotional thirst that needs to be satisfied. Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman at the well about her failed marriages and offered her living water. How was his offering of living water going to quench her thirst emotionally?
5. For the fourth thirst, I turned to the spiritual aspect of our lives. The Psalmist compared his thirst to that of a deer running through the forest. How thirsty are we today when it comes to our relationship with God?
At the end of the service, we offered you an opportunity to come and have your thirst quenched in one of four ways. Let me challenge us to consider ways that we can invite others to come and have their thirst quenched by the living waters which flow from the throne of God. Also, this coming Lord’s Day is Palm Sunday. Let’s pray that a great crowd gathers to sing our praises for the coming Savior. One of these days he coming not on a colt, but on a steed. What a day that is going to be! Until then, let’s be relentless in our pursuit of the Lord.
I Am Thirsty
Introduction: One of the basic needs of the human body is water. A vast majority of individuals remain in a constant state of being thirsty. Jesus can relate to that experience because of his time on the cross. At the ninth hour, he proclaimed that he was thirsty. What are we thirsty for today?
I. Some sports drink.
What do you reach for when you are thirsty after mowing the yard, going for a run, or working in the garage?
A. Tim was dehydrated.
The other night Tim McGraw passed out because he was so dehydrated that his body was shutting down.
B. Jesus was thirsty.
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
II. Some cold lemonade.
Who makes the best lemonade?
A. Knowing that.
There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
B. So that.
They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
III. Some cream soda.
Jesus came to quench our thirst. Let’s look at what that means for us today.
A. Physical thirst for water.
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
B. Intellectual thirst for knowledge.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”
C. Emotional thirst for love.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
D. Spiritual thirst for God.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Conclusion: Jesus invites us to come and drink from the living water he has to offer us. Have we filled our water bottles with Jesus’ living water as we travel on this spiritual journey which the Lord has mapped out for us?