Vs. 7, “The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” The Jews continued their fervor despite Pilate’s efforts to dissuade them (vs. 1-16). John gives us additional insight that Pilate had Jesus flogged earlier before the before the trial, quite possibly to show the angry mob that Jesus was being punished. The other synoptic Gospel’s record Jesus flogged more severely after the trial. Remember that John wrote his Gospel many years later and was giving us a fresh perspective on what the early church had already known. It is never an easy thing to be reminded of that fateful day Jesus bore the sins of the whole world on the cross (vs. 17-37). John wants to remind us that what happened at Calvary had been prophesied and fulfilled in the dividing of Jesus’ garments (Psalm 22:18) and piercing of His side (Psalm 34:20) and no bones broken (Zechariah 12:10) were also fulfilled. The burial of Jesus (vs. 38-42) was a special request made by Joseph of Arimathea and assisted by none other than Nicodemus (John 3).
Regarding application…It Is Finished! Vs. 30, “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” The hope of the world and the forgiveness of sins finally culminated in this moment of sacrifice, pain, and most importantly, love. My wife and family are working on a five hundred-piece puzzle in their spare time over the last couple of weeks. I’m sure once that final piece is inserted, there will be a collective gasp of jubilance and beauty as they survey the weeks of hard work to put together a rendition of a masterpiece. Since the creation of the world from a human perspective, the Lord Jesus knew what was going to happen. I encourage you to take time to come before the Lord with thanksgiving in your heart today. Jesus finished the sting of death. However, our lives are not yet completed. Let us put our trust in the Lord always!
Vs. 30, “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” It is finished. It is said that Pilate had Jesus flogged so severely so that when he presented a beaten down and nearly dead Jesus to the Jewish mob, they would have compassion on Jesus and not choose to crucify Him (vs. 1-6). But the crowds still cried out crucify, crucify! There was so much pressure on Pilate to appease them and in his cowardice, Pilate buckled under the pressure (vs. 6-16). The best thing Pilate could do was have a sign of Jesus, King of Jews above his cross, but this did not make the Jews happy (vs. 19-22). So sad to see the hatred and anger the Jews had. They got what they wanted to see Jesus crucified, and yet they still complained. Once again, we see Jesus caring for others (in Mary), as He himself was dying on the cross for our sins (vs. 26). We also are reminded of the prophecies of Jesus being fulfilled in spearing his side, rather than breaking his legs (vs. 33-34). And lastly, we see Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus come out of the shadows of hiding their faith and make the request not to have Jesus’ body so they could do the right thing in a proper burial (vs. 38-42)
Regarding application…Taking the Risk. Vs. 38, “Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.” Question: What is so significant here? Joseph of Arimathea as well as Nicodemus witnessed something as they saw Jesus crucified on the cross. It is here that Nicodemus realized what it means to be born again (John 3). Both men took a tremendous risk as Pharisee’s to now take care of the body of Jesus. I suppose, the saying, “Better late than never” is very true! It didn’t matter what the Sanhedrin would say, what their fellow Pharisees would say…they were going to do this for Jesus. It was their way of honoring Jesus for they themselves would witness the sacrifice on the cross. Question: What are you willing risk? If you believe in Jesus, don’t fear the opinion of others. Stand up for Him! Share His love and reach out to others in the name of Jesus. This first day of the week is a start of making this week a “Super” week for Jesus!