Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November 13 - 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 was an eyewitness of the crucifixion and gives many details of what happened. He chooses not to comment on what happened, or to share his feelings about it, but simply to report on the events.
  • Pilate was a Roman official who had no personal stake in this. He realizes that there is no reason to have Jesus killed, and tries to convince the Jews that it shouldn't happen. When he starts to think Jesus might be the Son of God, he tries even harder to avoid crucifying him.
  • It's possible that Pilate said, "Here is the man!" (in verse 5) because Jesus had been whipped and beaten so severely that no one could have possibly recognized him.
  • The Jewish religious leaders want Jesus dead because they feared losing their power to him, as he had been gaining popularity.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • All that happened to Jesus - the beatings, the cross-carrying and the crucifixion happened so that we can have eternal life; so we can know God in this life and be with him forever in the life to come. Jesus didn’t deserve to be on the cross. We, however, do deserve it. He took what we deserve so we can have life.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Jesus gave his life for us; what do you need to give up for Jesus?
  • Take some time to thank Jesus for what he did for you on the cross.