Focal Passages: John 19:23-30, 38-42
As we read the story of the crucifixion of Jesus in John 19, there is a beautiful reminder to us of God’s sovereignty. In verse 24, we are told that the actions of even the soldiers were intended to fulfill the prophetic scripture. Psalm 22:18 states, “They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing.” A survey of scripture prophecies reveals they were fulfilled through the death of Jesus. We can conclude from such a survey that we can have confident assurance that Jesus is our Savior! Jesus completed the work He came to earth to do, and in doing so, provided the way of forgiveness of sins for each of us. Jesus completed His work by making sure that His mother was cared for as she finished her life on earth. As a wife and mother, I am so encouraged by the tender, loving care Jesus demonstrated in John 19:26.
As she stood there, grieving the horrible death of her son, Jesus spoke to her and to the disciple John to make sure that John would care for her. The scripture states, “from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” In His intense suffering, Jesus still took time to care for His mom.
Jesus also completed His earthly work in John 19:28, when He knew that “everything was now accomplished,” He was able to say, “It is finished!” He then, “gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). Jesus completed the work God had Him to do and showed that there is victory in finishing well.
John 19:38-42 provides the description of Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus showing their devotion to Jesus.
These men, most likely both risked their reputation to provide for the body of Jesus in these ways.
They made the personal decision to be bold in their devotion to Jesus because Jesus had set the example for them in completing His work, no matter the cost.
We are challenged to show our complete devotion to our Savior by daily completing the work that God has called us to do.