QT – John 19

Vs. 30, “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John would record three of the last seven statements of Christ on the cross. He is careful to point out the fulfillment of Scripture with the gambling of Jesus’ garment, the piercing of His side and the prophecy of no bone being broke (Some naysayers will tell you that Jesus really didn’t die…but the soldiers deliberately did not break His bones because they knew Jesus was in fact dead…They had done this many a time, and would know the difference between someone who is alive and someone who is dead). It’s heartwarming moment for Mary as Jesus looks upon her and asks John to take care of His earthly mother…even though Jesus would not be there, He made sure someone was going to care for her.

Regarding application…Hardened Hearts. Vs. 6, “As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” Think about this…Jesus was standing before them a badly beaten man (Vs. 1)…perhaps, Pilate even deliberately had him flogged thinking the Jews might have some compassion on Jesus’ beaten state. Instead, this only seemed to incite the raged crowd of Jews, who only a few days earlier were crying out, “Hosanna, blessed be the name the Lord”….fickle to say the least….incredibly hardened hearts is the reality. The depravity of man can reach heights we could have never fathomed…yet we seem to as a society nearly glorify it! Think of the new movie coming out Nightmare on Elm Street.  Moviegoers seem to delight in evil. A hardened heart is the beginning of such depravity.  Brothers & sisters in Christ….how is the condition of your heart? Satan tried to silence the Lamb of God….but Jesus would triumph over evil…and we can do it too because of Him!