Text: John 19:28-37
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of His bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the One they have pierced.”
Stop and Consider
- What can you testify about Jesus, just from being near Him the last few days and weeks? Don’t answer quickly and generally. Be thoughtful. Be specific. He is the Creator of life and loves all of us. He made the ultimate sacrifice, setting aside power, comfort, and position so that we could have a chance a redemption. Whatever suffering I endure here on earth, it pales in comparison to what He subjected Himself to on my behalf.
- What do you do when you can’t explain what Jesus is doing – like when He hasn’t stopped a tragedy, or when He’s not lifting another’s suffering? I think about how much we have fallen from what He intended us to be and how much it must pain Him to have to let us live with our choices. When I or someone I care about is experiencing a difficult time, I always gravitate to the Psalms and prayer God’s Word back to Him over the situation. I claim His promises, and trust that He will do what He says He will do.
Praying God’s Word Today
Thank You, Lord, for sending us Your Counselor – the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father. He testifies of You. And as a result, I too can testify to what I have seen and heard, because You have allowed me to be near You and to learn of You (John 15:26-27). Keep me close, Lord, and never stop teaching me more and more, that I may declare Your power and goodness as long as I live.
Your Word is living and active, and penetrates to the very depths of my soul (Heb. 4:12). Your Word is powerful and effective, and enables me to do mighty things that I could not do on my own. You have told us that Your Word will not return to You void – it will do what You have declared and accomplish what You want it to accomplish (Is. 55:11). Your Word is Jesus, and He has achieved the purpose for which He was sent. Your Word is fulfilled. We will win for He has already won.