SUBJ: John’s account of the
crucifixion of our Lord and the things declared to us in the events of
His solitary and ultimate sacrifice.
AIM: That we might ever be drawn to
this most painful spectacle and that we might always be profited thereby
and suitable affected at each visit.
INTR: His time was not fully at
hand. There would be no more questions or answers. The providence of God
in bringing to pass the perfect will of God would witness the depravity
of man pursuing their own evil designs and thus accomplishing all in
exactly the manner determined.
1. Pilate had exhausted all the
appeals to those who would have nothing less than the crucifixion and
death of our Lord.
2. Yet, they would be the instruments by which
many Bible prophecies would be fulfilled – some have calculated more
than 300 Old Testament Scriptures than were answered during the life and
ministry of Christ on earth.
3. We will note that the fullness of the
wrath of man and God was exacted on Him and yet it was the joy that was
ever before Him and His love for the Father and for men that moved Him
faithfully on to the accomplishment of all that was required of Him.
THESIS: Central to all our thoughts
regarding redemption is the price that was paid. It is only in the
consideration of what was required and what He did that we can properly
place a value on our salvation therein do we see the glory and joy that
was to follow.
I. The Event (vv. 16-18)
1. We must ever be
vigilant that the cross of Christ and all its accounts are not neglected
1) Never has it been truer in this land that the preaching of the cross
is esteemed to be a stumbling block and foolishness.
2) Yet, the
mandate is ever before us to stay upon the Lord and that means His cross
3) It is evident that the many listen and are unaffected by
the events we consider here today!
2. He was led away and our minds
go immediately to the thought of the Lamb led to the slaughter.
was (consistent with Roman execution) compelled to bear His cross and we
are reminded that our suffering substitute was being led into complete
isolation where only He could go.
2) He was taken “without the camp”
and note: 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people
with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth
therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. Hebrews
3) To the place of a skull – Golgotha!
3. Where they
crucified Him – a plain statement about a most profound fact
must ever let our minds go to the details of the nailing and setting the
2) We must be draw to the significance of such a cruel
act (in the company of those crucified with Him.)
3) We must reflect
on the fact that His consideration was ever of others and we note:
The cry of forgiveness (Luke 23:34)
ii. The cry of salvation (Luke
iii. The cry of compassion and care (John 19:26-27)
most agonizing cry ever heard (Matthew 27:46)
v. The cry of total
exhaustion John 19:28)
vi. The cry of completion (John 19:30)
The cry of commendation (Luke 23:46)
4. Jesus in the middle (He is
central to all – between a penitent and a rejecter. Numbered with us!)
5. Between fallen man and God.
II. The title (vv. 19-22)
While the versions differ, the composite is “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH
KING OF THE JEWS.”
2. What is important to us here is that the title
was written in such a way as to depict the truth:
1) Common practice
was that criminals had the reasons of the execution written above them
2) And for that reason Matthew calls is an accusation which was
offensive to the Jews who wanted a disclaimer added to it.
3) We note
that Pilate’s hand is wonderfully directed by the providence of God and
he was adamant that what he had written would remain. He would insult
the Jews, but God would declare His Son!!!
III. The Garments (vv.
1. Consider the gross indifference of man to human life and in
this case the Lamb of God! Consider the humility to which He was
2. But we again wonder as they proceed to fulfill words
from 1000 hears before.
1) The garment were typically given to the
2) The reference is probably to His head wear, His
sandals, His belt and His outer garment all determined by lot.
is the seamless tunic that attracts our attention – In that it reflects
the complete and seamless truth personified in the wearer as opposed to
the efforts of men to divide!!!
IV. His Mother (vv. 25-27)
From Simeon: (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that
the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35
1) No doubt
she was feeling the full brunt of that grief – But Mary was more that
the earthly mother of our Lord – she was a believer : 46 And Mary said,
My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my
Saviour. Luke 1:46-47
2) Her grief was added to the suffering of
Christ our Lord.
2. It is with great tenderness that He directs her
to John and John to her:
1) Addressing her as “Woman” pointed to the
fact that she must see Him as Lord and not just her son.
Committing here to John’s care would assure that she would be comforted
and in time would come to see that what He was doing was for her sins as
well as for others!
3. That being attended to He would now get on
about the matter of His final suffering.