John 19:28-37

day 49

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus has completed His mission. He hangs on the cross for His final moments on earth knowing He has done all that is required. Knowing too, that the last few prophecies confirming His claims to be the Messiah are set to be fulfilled. God has left nothing out – not one jot or tittle – all will come to pass just as the Father has planned.

Jesus is thirsty thirsty to be reunited with His Father, thirsty to pour out the Spirit on His friends, thirsty for the Living Water to flow to the ends of the earth. The last taste of sour wine reminds me that there is new wine coming. When Jesus voluntarily bows His head and gives up his spirit – His earthly life – I image His many words will return to His followers’ minds – brought to their (and my) remembrance by the Holy Spirit:

“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” John 10:18 NLT

“…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24 NASV)

“Since it was the day of preparation…the Jews asked that their legs be broken…” The Jews have spent the last 24 hours breaking the Law but now when their deeds are on public display they are so concerned about keeping it? And at what cost to the men already dying a painful death? Their motives had nothing to do with compassion and everything to do with appearances. (When, for expedience’s sake, am I short on compassion? When do appearances rank higher with me than real people who are hurting?)

So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. Even in these polluted motives God affirms again the true identity of Jesus – two more prophecies fulfilled. And John affirms these things to be true by his eye witness testimony – “that the Scriptures were fulfilled”.

“…that you also may believe…” Everything Jesus said, everything Jesus did, everything John has written – everything is for this purpose…that you also may believe.

About God?
God’s plan will be fulfilled – down to the last and smallest detail.

About Me?
Everything Jesus said, everything Jesus did – everything is for this purpose…that you also may believe.

About the World?
And the one sitting on the throne said … “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. Rev 21:6 NLT

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