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.”  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!