Day 39

His arrest and crucifixion…

John 19:31-36 NIV84

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

Why were these executions hurried? How was it done?

What happened to Jesus?

The truth of the testimony of a witness is emphasized in this passage. Why?

Scripture references back up the truth that Jesus was the awaited Messiah. The Bible, both Old and New Testament, are historical accounts and narratives of God’s relationship with His people: eyewitness testimonies. Do you think of the Bible as the testimony of others to help you believe? How does Scripture play a part in your faith?

Lord, You are the Creator who stooped down to make the Way for relationship with Your creation. Help me to see Your Word as an important link to believing, increasing my faith and trust in You.

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