Archive for August 14th, 2018

John 19:28-37

In John 19:28-37 has Jesus on the Cross fulfilling the last prophecies before He dies an earthly death.  The time has come, and Jesus is now going to give up His place as a man to take on the place of Savior and Lord. He tells the soldiers that He is thirsty. “Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures said, “I’m thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so a sponge was soaked in it and put on a hyssop branch and held up to his lips.” Jesus didn’t accept a pain-numbing drink at the beginning of His ordeal (Mark 15:23), but now He accepts a taste of greatly diluted wine, to wet parched lips and a dry throat so He can make one final announcement to the world with a “great cry.”

Jesus makes the announcement that He has completed what God had sent Him to do. “When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished,” and bowed his head and dismissed his spirit.” Jesus’ final word is the cry of a winner. Jesus had finished the eternal purpose of the cross. It stands today as a finished work, the foundation of all Christian faith, as He paid in full the debt for our sin. No one took Jesus’ life from Him; He, in a manner unlike any man, gave up His spirit. Death had no righteous hold over the sinless Son of God. He stood in the place of sinners, but was never a sinner Himself. So He could not die unless He gave up His spirit.

It was the day before Sabbath, and the leaders didn’t want the three they had crucified hanging on the Cross for another day. “The Jewish leaders didn’t want the victims hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath at that, for it was the Passover), so they asked Pilate to order the legs of the men broken to hasten death; then their bodies could be taken down.” In order to cause death to come more quickly, they want to break legs and speed up the agony. They did exactly that with the other two men who were crucified on either side of Jesus, but when they came to Him, they saw there was no need as He was already dead having given up His spirit earlier.

This fulfilled a prophecy of His death in scripture as they didn’t do what was intended and did not break his legs. “So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus; but when they came to him, they saw that he was dead already, so they didn’t break his.” This was not how things normally went. But in doing this, the soldiers unknowingly fulfilled prophecy. “However, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water flowed out. I saw all this myself and have given an accurate report so that you also can believe.The soldiers did this in fulfillment of the Scripture that says, “Not one of his bones shall be broken,” and, “They shall look on him whom they pierced.”

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