This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series John 13-21

Gospel according to John, Chapter 19Read &/or listen from the Bible.

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4/ Behold Your Mother              – Jn.19:25-27
5/ The Death of Jesus                 – Jn.19:28-37
6/ The Burial of Jesus                 – Jn.19:38-42


4/ Behold Your Mother              – Jn.19:25-27

25 But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother. From that time, this disciple took her to his own home.

Even on the cross Jesus’ attention was focused on others and not on himself. As long as Mary the mother of Jesus lived, John (the disciple whom He loved) would have her in his house and take care of her, just as the Lord asked him to do. Perhaps Jesus did this knowing that John would be the only disciple who would die a natural death and outlive even Jesus’ brothers.

-We know that Mary would also pray with the disciples in the upper room after His resurrection, according to the account in Acts 1:14, and after that she would disappear from the scene.

Religious leaders may have, in part, pressed for the crucifixion to bring the curse of Deuteronomy 21:22-23 upon Jesus. And He did bear the curse, to redeem us from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13). Their demand that Jesus die the Roman death of crucifixion would fulfill Jesus’ own words (It is necessary for the Son of Man to be raised, John 3:14). If the Jews had executed Jesus with out the Romans help, He would have been stoned to death, and this prophecy about how He would die would not have been fulfilled.

5/ The Death of Jesus                 – Jn.19:28-37

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that everything was now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst.” 29 A bowl full of sour wine was placed there. So they put a sponge full of sour wine on hyssop and held it to His mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished. And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

The Piercing of Jesus’ Side

31 Since it was the Day of Preparation, to prevent bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath day (for that Sabbath day was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Therefore 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 dead already, they did not break His legs. 34 However, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 He who saw it has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he is telling the truth, that you may believe. 36 For these things happened so 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 have pierced.”

There are some chapters in the Old Testament that have to do especially with the Lord’s crucifixion. We can mention here Psalm 22, Genesis 22, Isaiah 53, and Leviticus 16. There were 28 prophecies that were fulfilled as He hung on the cross. The phrase “I thirst” was the fulfillment of Psalm 69:21.   The phrase Not one of His bones shall be broken” was a prophecy of the Passover Lamb that Jesus perfectly fulfilled (Num.9:12) & They shall look on Him whom they have pierced. Zech.12:10.

And as for the words “It is finished,” what was consummated? What had been accomplished? The redemption of each one of us was consummated, paid in full & also He finished the work the Father had given Him to do (Jn. 17:4).

6/ The Burial of Jesus                 – Jn.19:38-42

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. Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away His body. 39 Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about seventy-five pounds.[a] 40 Then they took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden was a new tomb in which no one had ever been buried. 42 So because of the Jewish Day of Preparation, and since the tomb was nearby, they buried Jesus there.

Joseph of Arimathea himself took down the body from the cross (Luk23:53). Joseph and Nicodemus were religious leaders in the Sanhedrin (A supreme court of about 70 elders), but they believed in Jesus, and even they were wealthy & influential men (Matthew 27:57, Mark 15:43, John 3:1) who could easily find servants to do the work for them; yet they did all this themselves.

These events are the central facts of the gospel which the apostle Paul explained to us in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: how Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 was buried, rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

The most important thing that I want you to notice beloved, is that Jesus (the Son of God made flesh) knew everything He was going to suffer, that He was going to be betrayed, mocked, bitten & crucified, yet He surrendered to pay for our sins, because the love He has for you and for me!

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Rom.5:8

7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Phil. 2:7-11




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