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Seven Words From The Cross


Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | February 26, 1978

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On the cross when Jesus said, “I thirst,” He spoke of both a physical and spiritual thirst. Pastor Wiersbe shows us how the suffering and obedience of Jesus led him to say “I thirst” while on the cross. He was taking upon Himself the punishment of hell for us. If you’ve never come to the cross, there will be a day when you will thirst for God, but with Jesus, we need never thirst again.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.


Jesus’ last three statements on the cross show that Jesus gave up His all: body, soul, and spirit.

Three portraits of Jesus from the statement, “I thirst”:

-       The suffering Son of Man

  • Jesus was truly, 100% man.
  • Jesus felt the depth of physical suffering on the cross.
  • Jesus took no short cuts. He didn’t take the easy way out.
  • Jesus understands the suffering we go through.
  • When we help someone in their suffering, we are serving Jesus in His suffering.

-       The obedient servant of God

  • Everything about Jesus’ earthly life was done in obedience to God.
  • Everything that happened at Calvary fulfilled the Word of God.
  • The most important thing in life is not to escape suffering, it is to obey the Word of God.
  • When we obey the Word of God, we fulfill the will of God and glorify Him.

-       The loving Savior of sinners

  • There is a spiritual reason Jesus is thirsty.
  • Jesus had just gone through the darkness of hell and been forsaken by God.
  • If you’ve never come to the cross, there will be a day when you will thirst.
  • Jesus tasted the punishment of hell for us.

Jesus drank the cup of iniquity for all of mankind.

Jesus thirsted so we never have to thirst again.

How long are you going to thirst?


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