September 23rd

John 19-21

  • 19:11 – In order to fulfill his purpose, God gave Pilate authority over Jesus’ future. Pilate is clearly tormented over this decision he’s been given.
  • 19:19 – It seems that Pilate may have had some sort of belief in Christ. The Jews did not want the inscription he wrote because it seemed definitive when they were trying to argue that he was a liar.
  • 19:24 – This is a fulfillment of Psalm 22:18. If the Jews had been in charge of the crucifixion, they might have known that. The Romans would not have.
  • 19:31-33 – Crucifixion would work faster if someone’s legs were broken. During crucifixion, what actually killed you was suffocation. As painful as it was, you would have to push yourself up with your legs on the nail in your feet or ankles and take a breath. If your legs were broken, you couldn’t push up and you would suffocate.
  • 19:38 – “For fear of the Jews” refers to the religious leadership who was trying to squash the Jesus movement and ultimately orchestrated Jesus’ death.
  • 20:4 – Like at Jesus’ trial, this disciple other than Peter is unnamed, but present.
  • 20:6-7 – An interesting note on Jesus’ burial cloths being left behind in the tomb is that when Lazarus was raised from the dead, he came out of the tomb still wrapped in burial cloths. Whether significant or not, it’s an interesting contrast.
  • 20:14 – No one who encounters Jesus after his resurrection recognizes him immediately.
  • 20:24-29 – We, like Thomas often need proof in order to have faith. Jesus reminds Thomas that those who believe without seeing are blessed.
  • 20:30-31 – It’s powerful to think that the gospels were written so people like you and me would believe in Jesus.
  • 21:7 – Peter and the unnamed disciple are mentioned together again. Once again, the unnamed disciple makes the discovery and Peter takes extreme action to get to Jesus.
  • 21:15-19 – Some say that Jesus asked Peter if he loved him three times as a sign that he forgave him for the three times he denied Christ during his trial.
  • 21:25 – Sure makes you wonder what else he did.

 

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