Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nov 14: John 19

Today's reading in our daily plan is John 19. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • John’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion has a few more details than the others because John was an eyewitness. On the cross, Jesus charged John with caring for his mother. 
  • Mary’s husband, Joseph, who gets a mention in the other gospels, was unable to care for Mary (probably because he had already died). 
  • The other gospels include the Roman guards breaking the legs of the two criminals crucified with Jesus. They did this to bring a faster death by asphyxiation. Jesus, however, had already died.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In the last two chapters, John hasn’t been commenting on what’s happened but has chosen instead to just report the facts. And they’re heavy. Jesus must have been so beat-up from the flogging and thorn-crowning that Pilate had to say, “Here’s the man!” so people would know who it was. The beating, cross-carrying and crucifying was done for a reason: so that we can have eternal life; so we can know God and Jesus whom he sent. Jesus didn’t deserve to be on that cross. We, however, do deserve it. He took what we deserve so that we can have life.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • For us, centuries removed from this event and immersed in a different culture, it can be easy to tone down the crucifixion. Today it’s easy to hear that Jesus died for our sins and not truly understand how much he went through and how much pain he bore for us. If it cost Jesus everything to give us eternal life, it is going to cost us much to follow him.
  • Jesus gave his life for us; what do you need to give up, starting today?