Archive for September 13th, 2010

John 19

John 19 gives us the fourth account of the crucifixion.  John records a few more details of the interaction between Jesus and Pilate.  The chief priests were accusing Jesus of claiming to be the Son of God.  Pilate asks questions but gets no response.  “Pilate said to Him, you will not speak to me?  Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you”?  Pilate held Jesus life in his hand, yet Jesus has no fear or concern of that.  Jesus puts Pilate in his place: “you would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given to you from above”.  Bottom line is that God was in control of this showdown, and Jesus knew where to put His trust and made it very clear to Pilate.  He is handed over to be crucified because Pilate, although he said he had the power to release Him, was a chicken and unwilling to confront the religious leaders who were calling for the crucifixion.  He caves and hands Jesus over to the mob.

As Jesus was hanging on the cross, we also learn in this version of the events, that His mother Mary was there standing nearby.  Jesus, in spite of His pain and the weight of the world’s sin on His shoulders, looks down and tells John “behold, your mother!  And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home”.  Jesus made sure His mom would be cared for. He handed that responsibility to John.  And John took her as his own. Jesus dies and here we learn the facts as “the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water”.  This was all fulfillment of scripture as well as scientific fact of His death.  Some scoffers said Jesus didn’t really die on the cross at all, and was just in a comma or something like that, but this little detail gives us the proof that He died on that cross that day.  We also learn that along with Joseph, one of the religious leaders who asked to bury Jesus, came a second of the group, Nicodemus.  He “earlier had come to Jesus by night” but now “came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight”.  So at least two of the religious leaders were believers in Jesus and not in favor of the path that was taken to crucify Him.  Jesus body was prepared, laid in the tomb and closed.  All key steps that lead up to the resurrection!

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