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September 6, 2015

"HIS DEATH AND ITS CONFIRMATION"

TEXT: John 19: 28-37
READING:
 Psalm 69: 1-21

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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 as well.
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.
1) He 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 13:12-13
3) To the place of a skull – Golgotha!
3. Where they crucified Him – a plain statement about a most profound fact
1) We must ever let our minds go to the details of the nailing and setting the cross upright.
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:
i. The cry of forgiveness (Luke 23:34)
ii. The cry of salvation (Luke 23:43)
iii. The cry of compassion and care (John 19:26-27)
iv. The 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)
vii. 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)
1. 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. 23-24)
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 subjected.
2. But we again wonder as they proceed to fulfill words from 1000 hears before.
1) The garment were typically given to the executioners
2) The reference is probably to His head wear, His sandals, His belt and His outer garment all determined by lot.
3) It 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)
1. 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.
2) 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.