John 19:16-27

In John 19:16-27 we have Jesus being taken to the Cross to be crucified.  Pilate has given up his efforts to set Jesus free.  Jesus has willingly chosen to carry out God’s plan for the salvation of mankind and the forgiveness of sin to be carried on His back and defeated on the Cross.  “Then Pilate gave Jesus to them to be  crucified.”  Pilate knows it is wrong, but is fearful for his life and his future.  So he hands Jesus over.  “So they had him at last, and he was taken out of the city, carrying his cross to the place known as “The Skull,” in Hebrew, “Golgotha.”

 “There they crucified him and two others with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them.”  John spares the gory details, only mentioning the fact of Jesus’ crucifixion. This was because the agony of crucifixion was well known to the people of Jesus’ day. In a addition, the true pain of the cross was more spiritual than physical.  But crucifixion wasn’t enough.  Pilate had to make fun of Jesus to make sure he appeased the religious leaders. “And Pilate posted a sign over him reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Golgotha was a very public and well traveled place, so ther was maximum exposure to what Pilate posted on the Cross.  The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and the signboard was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people read it.”

But the religious leaders weren’t happen with how Pilate had written it, proclaiming that Jesus was King of the Jews.  They asked him to rephrase it.  “Then the chief priests said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”  It was a strong request, but finally Pilate has the courage to stand up to the Jewish rulers. Sadly, it is on a rather unimportant issue because Jesus will still be crucified.  But he doesn’t change it. “Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written. It stays exactly as it is.”  The sign was right as written – Jesus truly was and is the King of the Jews and all mankind.

The soldiers divide up his clothes and fulfilled scripture by rolling dice to see who would get them.  “When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they put his garments into four piles, one for each of them. But they said, “Let’s not tear up his robe,” for it was seamless. “Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my robe.” So that is what they did.” Jesus came all the way down the ladder to accomplish our salvation. He let go of absolutely everything – even His clothes – becoming completely poor for us, so we could become completely rich in Him.

In the midst of the excruciating pain and suffering, Jesus still doesn’t lose track of the people around Him.  He sees His mom, and asks John to care for her going forward.  “Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, Mary, his aunt, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside me, his close friend, he said to her, “He is your son.” This shows that even to the end, Jesus thought and cared for others. If there was ever a moment when Jesus deserved to be self-focused, this was it. Yet He remained others-centered to the end. John accepts the charge.  “And to me he said, “She is your mother!” And from then on I took her into my home.” What a Savior who loves us even to the very end of His life on earth!

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