Seven Sayings: The Word of Suffering

   Posted by: Mark   in The Church

In this fifth chapter of Pink’s book “The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross,” he addresses Jesus statement, recorded only in the book of John: “I thirst.”

As Tim Challies points out, this chapter shows the gift that Pink has for digging so much deeper than we often care to when we read our Bibles. From the two words “I thirst,” we can learn so much about Christ. Yes, this turns a bit of focus toward the true humanity of Christ, which is important to remember, but it also shows the full deity of Christ. John specifically states, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that Christ spoke these words “that the scripture might be fulfilled!” Amidst the turmoil of his betrayal, his pleading of the Father that this cup pass from him, the humility of the trial and scourging, the physical pain of the crucifixion, and worst of all, the three hours during which the Eternal Father poured out his unrestrained, holy wrath on him, he had enough self-control to review the prophecies that foretold of this moment, recognize the one that had not yet been fulfilled (Psalm 69:21), and speak the words “I thirst.”

Pink concludes the chapter with a profoundly humbling observation. He ties these words of Christ to Revelation 3:20, where Christ seeks the fellowship of his own: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with me.

Salvation is not like standing in line, waiting anxiously for Christ to pass by and tap you on the head as he moves quickly along to provide salvation and blessing for others in line. Christ desires a continued, intimate fellowship and communion with his own! In Revelation he says “I will sup with him, and he with me.” This supping is symbolic of communion with someone. And not only will Christ sup with me, but I with him too — this is specifically and explicitly stated, showing a two-way communion!

This by no means addresses all that Pink pulls from these two words of the Savior. You would do well to take fifteen minutes from your day to read it yourself: The Word of Suffering

You can read Tim’s post here: Reading Classics Togther – The Seven Sayings (Chapter 5)


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