Week 40   Day 5

 

Jesus' physical death was

            a spiritual victory and

            a spiritual mystery 

His death is our life.

 

 

Death to Jesus meant

            going home to his Father 

it also meant

            leaving the world

            and those he loved here

 

Jesus spoke of death as glory

            and of himself being

            glorified in death 

 

            of bringing glory

            to his Father

            through his death

 

Still he suffered

            as any human would

            on the cross.

 

 

 

           DEATH MEANS RETURNING TO THE FATHER

Crucified; glorified:  differing perspectives on Jesus' death.

                                               John 19

 

    1Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him, 15and said to them,

"Shall I crucify your King?"  The chief priests answered,

"We have no king but Caesar!"  16Then Pilate delivered Him

 to them to be crucified.  They took Jesus and led Him away.

   23The soldiers took His garments and made four parts, to

each soldier a part.  Now the tunic was without seam, woven

from the top in one piece.  24They said among themselves,

"Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be."

    25Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and

His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary

Magdalene.  26When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple

whom He loved standing by, He said, "Woman, behold your

son!"  27Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" 

From that hour that disciple took her to his own home.

    28After this, Jesus said, "I thirst!"  29Now a vessel full of

sour wine was there; they filled a sponge, put it on hyssop,

and put it to His mouth.  30When Jesus had received the sour

wine, He said, "It is finished!"  And bowing His head, He

gave up His spirit.

    31Because it was the Preparation Day, and bodies should

not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, the Jews asked Pilate

that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken

away.  32The soldiers came and broke the legs of the others
who were crucified with Him.  33When they came
to Jesus and
saw that He was already dead, they did not break
His legs. 
34But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a
spear, and
immediately blood and water came out.  36These
 things were
done that the Scripture should be fulfilled,
"Not one of His
bones shall be broken," 37and another,
"They shall look on
Him whom they pierced."

    38After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of

Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he

might take away the body of Jesus.  39And Nicodemus,

who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a

mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 

40They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of

linen with the spices, as the custom is to bury.  41Now in

the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and

in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been

laid.  42So there they laid Jesus, for the tomb was nearby.
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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