Friday – March 25, 2016
Day 45 – John 19:28-37
Focus: vs. 35
35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe.
The story of the death of Christ can be a difficult one to read and even more difficult to watch on the big screen. It was a bloody affair designed by the Romans to be as painful as possible for as long as possible. It was, essentially, death by asphyxiation, which is why we see the legs being broken of the other two men on the crosses with Jesus. With broken legs they could no longer hold themselves up in position to get air into their lungs. When they came to Jesus, however, they didn’t have to break His legs since he had already died. Instead, they pierced his side with a spear to make sure He was gone. When they did, blood and water flowed. It was significant enough to the executioners that they talked about it.
There are medical reasons for why this happened. The way in a person died during crucifixion would cause water to build up in the area around the heart. When Jesus’ side was pierced by the spear it must have burst this area of the heart open. What is more remarkable is the prophetic nature of how all this happened. John mentions this all took place to fulfill scripture. The first reference – that not one of his bones will be broken – likely comes from Exodus 12:46. The second reference – that they will look on him whom they have pierced – comes from Zechariah 12:10. John wants you to know this so that you will understand how Jesus continued to fulfill scriptural prophecy, even in His death. It continues to prove that He is the Messiah.
Today is Good Friday, the day of the death of Jesus which we remember during Holy Week. This is a dark day in the Church as we ponder a world where the Light has gone out and the earth is left in spiritual darkness. I can’t imagine the utter hopelessness that must have been felt by so many on this day. God showed up and we killed Him. People are still killing Him every day as they live in unbelief. Listen to the hope of Good Friday: In three days Jesus will rise again. If you think His death was amazing, wait until you see the stone roll away from the tomb!
Ponder the darkness today. It’s entirely appropriate to do so. As you think about the Light of Christ which shines in your heart, consider those who do not yet believe. Their souls still wander in darkness. Let your light shine!
Prayer Focus: Dear Jesus, help me to see the darkness of a world without You. Break my heart for the spiritual condition of so many that are around me. Help me to let my light shine so that others will find Your light. Amen.