In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: John 19:28-30, 4:6, 13-14, 11:35, 4:34, 7:37, Isaiah 53:3-4, 7:14, Luke 23:46, 2:7, 23:36, 19:29, 17:24, 1 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 4:2, 5:17, Mark 4:38, 3:5, 15:23, Hebrews 2:17, Micah 5:2, Hosea 11:1, Zechariah 11:13, Psalm 22:1, 8, 16, 69:21, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Revelation 7:16, 22:17
Have you ever been angry? Lonely? Depressed? Sorrowful? Have you ever been misunderstood--misrepresented--misjudged--mistreated? Well, God knows exactly how you feel. You do not have a pain, sorrow, hurt, grief or heartache that our Lord has not experienced. Unlike a former President, he really does feel your pain. Of all of the statements Jesus made on the cross, this sermon examines the shortest. It is one word in the Greek of four letters; two words in the English, “I thirst.” It is the only statement in which the Lord Jesus referred to his body and his physical suffering. As Dr. Merritt relates through this message, that one Greek word, two English words, are packed with great insight into that precious one who died on the cross for us.
"These two words tell us that Jesus was determined to fulfill the will of God perfectly, and the Word of God completely. Not one prophecy would be unfulfilled, not one promise would go unkept, not one prediction would go unrealized. 'For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen.' (2 Corinthians 1:20) Though I cannot belabor the point, we should be every bit as submissive to the will of God and the Word of God, as was our Lord Jesus Christ." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.