Words of Jesus 65


  • John 19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
  • John 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
  • John 19:3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
  • John 19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

Perhaps Pilate was hoping this act of mockery would satisfy the people's lust for cruelty against Jesus and spare His life.

  • John 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
  • John 19:6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
  • John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
  • John 19:8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;

Pilate's wife had a dream of warning about Jesus and after Pilate heard him called the son of God he may have become afraid.

  • Matthew 27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

This too shows us the mercy of God. Even though the scriptures were fulfilled in all these things, Jesus warned many ahead of time before they face eternity guilty for doing evil. Judas was warned also.

  • John 19:9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
  • John 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
  • John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

True Pilate literally had no power over Jesus. Jesus willingly laid down His life to say us from sin. God allowed him to have power temporarily but Jesus could have called on the angels at any moment to deliver Him.

  • John 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
  • John 19:13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
  • John 19:14 And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
  • John 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Pilate seemed to be more fearful of the people and his standing with Caesar than in killing one that may have been the Son of God. I know this is hard but all of us may have to one day make a decision in our own lives. Do we please God or fear men? By fearing men, do we fear the consequences of opening proclaiming the gospel of Jesus in front of our friends and family, government officials and bosses? Do we choose Christ above all others or above the opinion of others? Are we like Peter who at one time blended in with the crowd?  If we are like that there is hope.  Peter changed and began to proclaim Christ openly. God can give us holy boldness in the Lord. 

  • John 19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
  • John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
  • John 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
  • John 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

He probably did this to ease his conscience and show the people what they were actually doing. It may have been a mockery of the Jews that he did this.

  • John 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
  • John 19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
  • John 19:22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
  • John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
  • John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

This was prophecied in the Psalms.

  • Psalm 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
  • Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
  • Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
  • Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
  • Psalm 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
  • Psalm 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

I sometimes wonder if the Psalmist David actually knew who he was referring to when he wrote down those verses of prophecy.

  • John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

I know Mary must have known that this was coming but imagine how she felt to see her Son being treated in this manner.

  • John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
  • John 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

Jesus in His suffering had the apostle John take care of His mother. He did not leave her without support.

  • John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
  • John 19:29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

Psalms, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Zechariah and others foretold so much of what occurred at the time Christ walked the earth but also that which is yet to come. It is now 2019 in February.

  • Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Gall was actually poison. Vinegar would have a bad taste.

  • John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
  • John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
  • John 19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
  • John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
  • John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
  • John 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
  • John 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Little did the solders know they were fulfilling scripture by not breaking the bones of Jesus.

  • Exodus 12:46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

During the Passover in the book of Exodus, they were not to break any bones of the Passover lamb. This represented the perfect Passover lamb that was to come to be sacrificed for the sins of all who would accept it. This Passover lamb was Jesus Christ.

  • John 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Fulfilled prophecy given by Zechariah.

  • Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

This has a double meaning for they looked on Him in the day Jesus was crucified but also it will occur again at the second coming of Jesus when the Jewish nation of Israel shall indeed look upon Him that their ancestors pierced. There will be a great mourning in the land when they discover that the Messiah they were waiting for had indeed already come and their ancestors rejected the very Son of God.

  • John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
  • John 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
  • John 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
  • John 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
  • John 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

The way of salvation was accomplished. The deed was done. Now the way was open to all who would believe in the Son of God who died for sins. Now when we believe in Jesus, we can have eternal life. To believe in Jesus does not just mean believe that He existed as a person. To believe means to believe in Him. We believe that He is the one God sent to save us from sin. We believe He is the Christ, the anointed one. To believe in something is to accept and live for that something. To believe means to listen to, live for and walk in what we believe in. It means more than just believing in His existence for the devil also believes.

  • James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
  • James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

True faith will produce faithfulness and fruitfulness as we walk in the word of God.

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