We read and discussed the following scriptures:

John 19:23-41 New International Version (NIV)

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.”[a]

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[b] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true.He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”[c] 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”[d]

The Burial of Jesus

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 Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[e] 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.

Footnotes:

  1. John 19:24 Psalm 22:18
  2. John 19:26 The Greek for Woman does not denote any disrespect.
  3. John 19:36 Exodus 12:46; Num. 9:12; Psalm 34:20
  4. John 19:37 Zech. 12:10
  5. John 19:39 Or about 34 kilograms

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Some of the key points we discussed were:

  • Prophecies are foretold many years before an event happens that fulfills them.  This can give us assurance that the word of God is reliable. 
  • Jesus ate his Passover meal with his disciples on a Thursday, was arrested and tried and beaten, hung on a cross by noon on Friday, then died by 3pm on Friday.  This prevented His legs from being broken which fulfilled prophecy.

Psalm 34:20New International Version (NIV)

20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

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Psalm 34:20 in all English translations

  • When his side was pierced, blood and water flowed out.  This showed the soldiers that he was already dead and they did not have to break his legs.   The blood and water is also significant because water is symbolic of cleansing and baptism and blood is symbolic of salvation.
  • It was also predicted that they would look upon the person they pierced in Zechariah 12:10

Zechariah 12:10New International Version (NIV)

Mourning for the One They Pierced

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a] of grace and supplication.They will look on[b] me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.

Footnotes:

  1. Zechariah 12:10 Or the Spirit
  2. Zechariah 12:10 Or to
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Zechariah 12:10 in all English translations

  • He was buried by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.  Both of these gentleman were secretly believers in Jesus but were fearful of the other Jewish leaders.  Both were members of the Sanhedrin. 
  • They wrapped the body of Jesus in strips of linen, which was unusual for the time.  Usually they would bury in a shroud.  But this may have been because they were in a hurry because the Sabbath was starting and they were going to come back.  They used myrrh and aloes to prevent the smell of death. 
After We finished, we listened as Neil read to us an article by Pastor Charles F. Stanley of In Touch Ministries.  Here is a link to the article.    The article was all about dealing with life's uncertainties.