One incident and insult more, and the experience of one other predicted element of suffering, and the victory is His. 12-16. Yes, the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. The heroism of faith is usually kindled by desperate circumstances, and is not seldom displayed by those who before were the most timid, and scarce known as disciples at all. But one of the soldiers--to make assurance of the fact doubly sure. 41, 42. It is good for every one with faith, to behold Christ Jesus in his sufferings. And now comes the expiring mighty shout. A soldier pierced his side with a spear. "Ah!" Prev | John | Next 9. and went again into the judgment hall, and saith to Jesus, Whence art thou?--beyond all doubt a question relating not to His mission but to His personal origin. except it were--"unless it had been." After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished--that is, the moment for the fulfilment of the last of them; for there was one other small particular, and the time was come for that too, in consequence of the burning thirst which the fevered state of His frame occasioned ( Psalms 22:15 ). that ye may know I find no fault in him--and, by scourging Him and allowing the soldiers to make sport of Him, have gone as far to meet your exasperation as can be expected from a judge. "And they spit upon Him, and took the reed and smote Him on the head" ( Matthew 27:30 ). And it is near to come. went forth again, and saith . and it was written in Hebrew--or Syro-Chaldaic, the language of the country. It was indeed the appointed time, but time that He should be "crucified through weakness" ( 1 Corinthians 13:4 ), and Nature was now reaching its utmost exhaustion. It is thus the cry of conscious innocence, but of innocence unavailing to draw down, at that moment, the least token of approval from the unseen Judge--innocence whose only recognition at that moment lay in the thick surrounding gloom which but reflected the horror of great darkness that invested His own spirit. "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried, ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI . Then saith he to the disciple, BEHOLD THY MOTHER!--What forgetfulness of self, what filial love, and to the "mother" and "son" what parting words! 4, 5. 37. Pilate capitulated under pressure (verse 12), and prepared to render judgment on the original charge of sedition against Rome. On arriving at the place, "they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall [wine mingled with myrrh, Mark 15:23 ], and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink" ( Matthew 27:34 ). But our Lord would die with every faculty clear, and in full sensibility to all His sufferings. . On the rock of His unsullied allegiance to Heaven He will stand, till the light of Heaven returns to His spirit. John 3:16, Romans 5:8 – It was God’s love. . Proud member he saith to the Jews, Behold your King!--Having now made up his mind to yield to them, he takes a sort of quiet revenge on them by this irony, which he knew would sting them. 14. . "The rest said, Let be"--[that is, as would seem, 'Stop that officious service'] "let us see whether Elias will come to save Him" ( Matthew 27:49 ). heard this saying, he was the more afraid--the name "SON OF GOD," the lofty sense evidently attached to it by His Jewish accusers, the dialogue he had already held with Him, and the dream of his wife ( Matthew 27:19 ), all working together in the breast of the wretched man. Pilate . Salem Media Group. . But Pilate thought he had yielded quite enough to them; and having intended expressly to spite and insult them by this title, for having got him to act against his own sense of justice, he peremptorily refused them. they brake not his legs--a fact of vast importance, as showing that the reality of His death was visible to those whose business it was to see to it. 40. ( Acts 7:60 ). 33. That a prediction so exceedingly specific--distinguishing one piece of dress from others, and announcing that while those should be parted amongst several, that should be given by lot to one person--that such a prediction should not only be fulfilled to the letter, but by a party of heathen military, without interference from either the friends of the enemies of the Crucified One, is surely worthy to be ranked among the wonders of this all-wonderful scene. and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost--What is finished? No doubt this added an unknown sting to the reproach. This "loud voice," noticed by three of the Evangelists, does not imply, as some able interpreters contend, that our Lord's strength was so far from being exhausted that He needed not to die then, and surrendered up His life sooner than Nature required, merely because it was the appointed time. besought Pilate that their legs might be broken--to hasten their death, which was done in such cases with clubs. Let us not rend it, but cast lots . And is it conceivable that this penitent thief should have first himself reviled the Saviour, and then, on his views of Christ suddenly changing, he should have turned upon his fellow sufferer and fellow reviler, and rebuked him not only with dignified sharpness, but in the language of astonishment that he should be capable of such conduct? Pilate took Jesus and scourged him--in hope of appeasing them. 24. from that hour . My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" Beyond doubt, the divine intention of the portent was to invest this darkest of all tragedies with a gloom expressive of its real character. saw him, they cried out--their fiendish rage kindling afresh at the sight of Him. John 19:17-30. The word there used is one signifying to bore as with an awl or hammer. Compare Matthew 2:20 , "They are dead which sought the child's life," meaning Herod; and Mark 9:1 , "There be some standing here," where it is next to certain that only John, the youngest and last survivor of the apostles, is meant. . Our Lord Jesus came forth, willing to be exposed to their scorn. This description has puzzled many commentators, unsure if John meant the waters of baptism or the water mentioned in John 19:34. ii. 7. Not both of them, however, as some commentators unnaturally think we must understand these words; as if some sudden change came over the penitent one, which turned him from an unfeeling railer into a trembling petitioner. All rights reserved. might be fulfilled saith, I thirst. He gave up his spirit. In Him there was no cause at all ( John 14:30 ) and He takes refuge in the glorious fact. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar--on the offer of the soldiers' vinegar, and they--"one of them," ( Matthew 27:48 ). Had the Lord's own friends had the least reason to think that the spark of life was still in Him, would they have done this? Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Later in one of his letters (1 John 5:6) he described Jesus as He who came by water and blood. 11. 28-30. 30. Not its being "hewn out of a rock" ( Mark 15:46 ), accessible only at the entrance, which doubtless would impress them with its security and suitableness. The act would without doubt identify him for the first time with the disciples of Christ. But even if one could conceive them mistaken, could anyone have lain thus enveloped for the period during which He was in the grave, and life still remained? The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by oar law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God--Their criminal charges having come to nothing, they give up that point, and as Pilate was throwing the whole responsibility upon them, they retreat into their own Jewish law, by which, as claiming equality with God (see John 5:18 and John 8:59 ), He ought to die; insinuating that it was Pilate's duty, even as civil governor, to protect their law from such insult. When Jesus . But it was "a new sepulchre" ( John 19:41 ), "wherein never man before was laid" ( Luke 23:53 ): and Matthew ( Matthew 27:60 ) says that Joseph laid Him "in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock"--doubtless for his own use, though the Lord had higher use for it. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Sitemap. But that is not the point now. He falls back upon the pride of office, which doubtless tended to blunt the workings of his conscience.

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