So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,
“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”
So the soldiers did these things, but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
The Death of Jesus
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 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. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.” John 19:16-37 ESV
Standing at the foot of the cross, overshadowed by our Savior as He hangs between Heaven and Hell – bloody and beaten beyond recognition – forsaken by the Father, Jesus looks down at us and says:
“It is finished.”
No more sin
No more separation from God
No more eternal death
“It is finished.”
No more guilt
No more shame
No more condemnation
No more unforgiveness
“It is finished. I have completed my purpose. I have taken your place. The price for your sin has been paid. The perfect sacrifice has been given; perfect blood has been shed.”
His blood, meant to heal us and cover our sins, streams down His body and pools on the ground – Holy ground, where the Lamb of God is sacrificed.
Let us worship Him today.
Father, words can not give meaning to how undeserving I am of Your love and gift of eternal life. Thank You for loving me enough to give Your only Son so that I might be restored to You again. Jesus, Your sacrifice is humbling knowing You suffered the death that should have been mine. You, perfect and without sin, took the punishment for my sin and “thank you” will never be enough. I bow before You today, in the shadow of Your cross, asking for forgiveness once again. Be my Savior and Lord every day of my life; help me to follow You. Thank You for the cross. Amen.