Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin

Friday, June 20, 2014

JOH 19:28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”

Our Lord was always concerned with performing the work God had called Him to do and to fulfill the Father’s plan.

JOH 4:34  Jesus *said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.

JOH 5:30  “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

JOH 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

JOH 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.

For He came as HEB says that Satan was not going to win  Because [He] delivered those who through fear of death were subject .

The point is that our Lord felt an eternal thirst forever separated from God.
This fifth saying of Jesus is really His only human expression of His physical suffering.

The reason being is because we must understand that Jesus is now in some form of shock.

He thirsts for the love of His Father, who has forsaken Him during this dreadful hour when He must fulfill his mission all alone.

He thirsts for the love and salvation of His people, the human race.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13.

JOH 1:11  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

JOH 1:14   And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The eyes which sin had blinded….saw in Him no beauty that He should be desired.

ISA 53:3  He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

LUK 2:7  And she gave birth to her first‑born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

For in MAT 2:16 we read Herod murdered all the male children who were in Bethlehem, from two years old and under,

Is it any wonder why stupid deceived individuals who had followed Him and His doctrines would be the very same ones who would listen to gossip about Him and cry out “release to us Barrabas and crucify Him, TLJC instead.

Is it any wonder why we are told in ISA 11:3 that He would not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears heard;….and yet they turned on Him and judged Him as guilty and forsook Him.

Is it any wonder why we are told in JOH 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, and yet they turned on Him and judged Him as guilty and forsook Him.

Is it any wonder why we are also told in MAR 4:24 “Be careful what you listen to, and yet they turned on Him and judged Him as guilty and forsook Him.

Is it any wonder why we are told in LUK 8:18 “Be careful how you listen; ….and yet they turned on Him and judged Him as guilty and forsook Him.

For He was never innocent until He had His day in court and was proven to be guilty, but He was guilty without a day in court and the right to face His accusers, and therefore was never presumed to be innocent.

HE WAS GUILTY WITHOUT A TRIAL.

MAT 25:40 “‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

Some so-called believers need to 2CO 13:5, Test themselves to see if they are in the faith; examine themselves!

Ever since Cain killed Abel, religion has been trying to kill the grace oriented believer.

JOH 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own {nature;} for he is a liar, and the father of lies.

GAL 4:29  But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

Men said in MAT 9:34 that our Lord was of the devil, “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”

MAT 11:19 that our Lord was a glutton, a drunk and hung out with prostitutes, “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax‑gatherers and sinners!”

In MAT 26:65, they said that He blasphemed, “Then the high priest tore his robes, saying, “He has blasphemed!”

They said in MAT 26:66 that He deserved to be dead, “They answered and said,” He is deserving of death!”

In MAR 3:21, our Lord was accused of being nuts and insane, ”And when His own people heard {of this,} they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.”

In MAR 3:22, they said He was demon possessed, “And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul”

In MAR 3:30, they said our Lord has an unclean spirit, “He has an unclean spirit.”

In LUK 15:2, He had a reputation for hanging around with sinners, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

In LUK 23:2, they accused of being unpatriotic, And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar,”

In LUK 23:5, they accused of always stirring up trouble, But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people,

In LUK 23:14, they said he cause people to rebel, “This man is one who incites the people to rebellion,

In JOH 7:12, they said He was a cult leader and He leads multitudes astray, “He leads the multitude astray.”

In JOH 8:48, The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”

In JOH 10:20  And many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?”

The difference between responding versus reacting means a bad situation can becoming worse or a bad situation can become better. Or the opposite can happen.

The act of responding requires one to look at the circumstance, identify the problem or situation, hear what is happening and reflect.

What matters is that you stopped and put an effort to think and delayed immediate judgment.

This `gap’ between the circumstance and your behavior is what contributes to gaining a sense of control in your life.

Reacting on other hand is the absence of this time gap. It is an immediate behavioral response and it is usually based upon emotions and not intellect.

When intellect or logic is bypassed for emotional vengeance, then there is a greater chance that irrationality will take over.

In the extreme sense a person who only uses reaction over responding can become emotionally overwhelmed thus producing hysterical or illogical behavior.

For one, this knowledge shows you that you have options and more control over circumstances than you realize.
In addition, constant reacting to life puts you in the `victim’ role, a role that makes life a struggle and unfulfilling.

Responding takes a conscious effort and builds mind control.

Responding looks at others actions and consequences and provides a more holistic approach to behavior.

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