John 19

John 19, Pilate has Jesus flogged and once again states that he has found no case against him but the mob will not settle for anything less than death so he hands Jesus over to them to be crucified.  John list several things that occurred surrounding the crucifixion that fulfilled prophesy about Jesus’ death.  Pilate has a sign made that is placed above Jesus head that declares him King of the Jews.  Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus get Jesus body and prepare it for burial then place it in the new tomb.

I wonder how tall the main shaft of the cross was.  It would seem to have to be at least somewhat high because they had to place the sponge with sour wine on a branch of a tree to get it up to his mouth for him to drink.  Hmmm.

This chapter also highlights the contrast of what is going on.  They break the legs of the thieves beside Jesus so that they can get them off the cross before the evening because it is the preparation day for the Passover.  They spend preparation day by killing Emmanuel and quickly get him down so that the next day they can properly observe the rituals of the Passover where they thank God for delivering them.

Do we have this problem today?  YES!  It seems that organized religion’s #1 priority is to protect the traditions that their group has observed for years.  And then IF they have time they will work on the greatest commandment and the second, Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and also Love your neighbor as yourself. 

Have a great day,

Published in: on February 23, 2007 at 9:03 am  Leave a Comment  

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