As you wrap up 2022 and prepare for 2023, be reminded that your most pressing need is finished.
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John 19 Summary
Jesus now begins being flogged and tortured by Roman soldiers.
He's just told Pilate that He was a King (John 18:36), so the soldiers begin to mock Him with 'royal robes' and a painful crown of thorns. John notes that Pilate, who as the top official in charge should have been the most feared person in the land, was even more afraid (v8) when the Jews said that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God.
Once again, John notes the irony. Pilate says I have the power to either free you or to crucify you (v10), but then John writes that all Pilate could do was to 'try' to set Jesus free.
Pilate capitulates to the mob and turns Jesus over to be crucified. Notice how John is careful to note how the Old Testament is being fulfilled as Jesus dies: His clothes are gambled away (v23-24 / Psalm 22:18), and how Jesus died relatively quickly so that His bones did not need to be broken (Crucifixion could often take days, so in an effort to hasten the process, the victims would have their legs broken so they could no longer push themselves up to breathe. This fulfills Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Psalm 34:20).
There are seven phrases that Jesus said while hanging on the cross recorded in the four gospel narratives, but the final saying John records is perhaps the most famous: It is finished (v30). This is one word in Greek:
What makes this word so significant is that it represents much more than the crucifixion process being finished, or even Jesus' earthly life being done. What Jesus means here is that His entire mission is finished. He fully accomplished a life of perfect obedience and in His death He fully paid the price for the sin of those who put their faith into Him. There's nothing left to do. It is finished.
As you finish up 2022 and prepare for a new year, dwell on these final words of Jesus.
AAA Prayer :
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who foreordained all that's come to pass, including the awful death of His Son for our sake.
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that the Holy Spirit will continually remind you that everything required for your salvation is finished.
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:
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