Heavenly Father, we pray that You will bring a fresh word of encouragement to us today, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 19:23-42, Good Friday.
VV23-24, 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: ‘’They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.’’
Pilate coronated Jesus as King of the Jews. In His second coming, Jesus will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lord. Rev 19:16, ‘’And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.’’ The soldiers divided his garment and cast lots for it to fulfill the prophecy of Psalm 22: 18, ‘’They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.’’
VV25-27, 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus, therefore, saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
Eye witnesses of the crucifixion were Mary, the mother of Jesus, Salome, the sister of Jesus’ mother and the mother of James and John, Mary, the wife of Clopas, Mary Magdalene, and apostle John.
VV28-30, 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
When Jesus said He thirst, the soldiers gave Him sour wine dipped on a hysop branch. Jesus said, It is finished and died. It is finished is “tetelastai” in Greek, which means paid in full. Jesus paid our debt of sin in full. Jesus finished the work of His Father on the cross.
VV 31-37, 31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
Jesus died on Good Friday at 3 pm. According to Jewish law, a dead body had to be buried on the same day, see Deut. 21:22-23. A soldier pierced Jesus’ side and blood and water flowed out. John was an eye witness of the crucifixion. He testified that his testimony is true and we who are now reading this 2000 years later can take his word for it. ‘’They did not break His bone’,’ fulfilled Psalm 34:20. ‘’they shall look on Him whom they pierced’’ fulfilled Zechariah 12:10.
V V 38- 42, 38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were secret believers of Jesus even though they were Pharisees. After Jesus’ death, they openly declared their faith in Jesus and performed the last burial rite for Him. They took His body down from the cross, wrapped it up in linens strips and covered it with myrrh and aloes. Nicodemus donated 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes. Joseph of Arimathea donated a new tomb and they laid Him in the garden tomb.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus Christ tasted death for everyone. Thank You that He is both the Great High Priest and the Lamb of God, in Jesus’ name, Amen.