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The Gospel of John has often been called “The beloved Gospel”. John is repeatedly referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. His book therefore was written by one who was especially intimate with Jesus, in the same way that Jesus was intimate with His Father. We are privileged to have John’s insight on “The Cross”. The story of Jesus’ crucifixion in the Gospel of John begins and ends in a garden (John 18:1, 19:41). The story itself falls into three parts. First, there is a section describing the betrayal, arrest, and indictment of Jesus (John 18: 1-27). The central section of the story is concerned with the trial before Pilate (John 18:29 to 19:16. Finally, the crucifixion itself and then burial of Jesus are described in John 19:16-42. John gave a vivid account of Jesus’ passage to Calvary.
We are told that Judas, a disciple of Jesus betrayed Him. While Jesus was in the garden, Judas accompanied by a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees approached Jesus and took Him to Annas. He was quite assertive in His encounter with Annas (John 18:2023). He challenges both the secretiveness of His arrest (“I said nothing in secret”) and the legal procedures being followed.
He was then led to Caiaphas, the high priest into the judgment hall where He met Pilate who asked Him if He was the King of the Jews. He took Jesus and scourged him. The soldiers plaited a crown of thorns and put it on his head and put on him a purple robe and cried “ Hail King of the
and the Father with him. "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. First John tells us that Jesus must be "lifted up". which can get us past the condemnation we deserve. When John the Baptist saw his cousin Jesus approaching. “and I. will draw all men unto me.Jews. The cross deals with the sin of the world in that our Lord absorbs in himself. is not an hour of fame and adulation but an hour of public humiliation. but that the world might be saved through him. himself. In John 12: 31-33 Jesus shows that the cross results in the condemnation of Satan and of sin in a mighty act of judgment. to grasp the next verse: "For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world. Our Lord's "hour". John expresses that in some sense the death of Jesus stands in place of every other human being. Few people have lingered long enough. Over and over in John's gospel Jesus speaks of his hour. only his unfathomable compassion. Anyone with even minimal exposure to the church and its message has heard of John 3:16: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life". John said to his followers. The cross also becomes a wonderful magnet of attraction that draws “all men” to Jesus. of 2 . however. ultimately." John 1:29. Pilate told them to take him away and crucify him even though he found no fault in Jesus. John's understanding of the cross is God's unfathomable compassion. however.” John 12:32.” John 12:23. of mental anguish which outstrips even physical agony. if I be lifted up from the earth. "Behold the lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world.” They smote him with their hands and cried “crucify him. Then he tells us the ground and consequence of our Lord's being lifted up: God so loved the world that he gave. so that we might live in him." It is God's compassion.
He is thirsting. John 19:23 and 24 refer to the division of Jesus’ garments." This was in fulfillment of the Scripture which says. John 12:16. 30 and 8:20. 12:32. took His outer garments and made four parts. 12:10. "Let us not tear it. No wonder it preoccupied him the day he began his public ministry. 12:46. if not before.abandonment and isolation. In John 2:4. 17:1." And. 8:28. John 3:14. was what the soldiers did. it is the necessity that comes from the fulfilling of the Old Testament. 41. and for My coat they cast lots" (Psalm 22:18). He said. The glory of God is seen in the cross as much as in the resurrection. Therefore. 13:1: 16:32. He died. "I am thirsty.” Jesus’ legs and side being pierced in John 19:32-37 are like the Passover Lamb in Ex. therefore. You do not need to wait for the resurrection to see God’s glory. each soldier getting one part. This. when they crucified Jesus. “Then the soldiers. 17:1. and in John 12:23. his hour finally came clearly and decisively. Zech. was woven from top to bottom in one piece. But His tunic. "They parted my garments among them. John teaches that the death of Jesus is absolutely necessary. What does the cross mean? John emphasizes that the cross is God’s way of glorifying Jesus. revealing him in his true and wonderful fullness and glory. What is this hour or necessity? Well. is a quote from Psalm 69:21 “and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 13:31. 7:6. Jesus stated that his hour was not quite yet. This is what his "hour" is all about. but cast lots for it as to whose it should be. 27. 3 . "It is finished. said. 28." He was given vinegar and when Jesus had taken the vinegar. bowing His head. they said to one another. 23. knowing that everything had been done to fulfill the Scriptures. In John 19:28 Jesus. which was seamless.
15:13. he has the extra appearance to Mary Magdala and the scene by the lake side in Galilee in chapter 21. It is also seen as a response of obedience to the will of the Father. in which He had no share.” The cross is also seen as a supreme expression of the love of God. the cross affirms the incredible value of the human person. God so loves every human being that Jesus would have died for even one (John 3:16). it is worth saying that there is an enormous emphasis on the cross and resurrection. He has a very full account of the trial before Pilate and. breaking of bread. 15:19. p. What is so attractive about the cross? Above all else. White in Gospel Workers. Jesus Christ. John 12:31 “Now is the judgement of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. when it comes to the resurrection. The content of what John includes in the passion narratives is different from what Matthew and Mark have and more like what Luke has. 16:27 Finally. John has seven entire chapters John 13 -19 dealing with just that 60 hours. Ellen G. 13:1. John 3:14. the victory of light over darkness and Satan thinks he has gained a victory but he is in fact cast out and defeated. "Christ was treated as we deserve. He was condemned for our sins. He does not have a Lord’s Supper.The cross is a victory. and he adds the trial before Annas. said “One soul is of infinite value. 16. 184.The Saviour left heaven and came to dwell with and in humanity to reveal to both men and angels the merciful love of God. Ellen White wrote. Calvary speaks its worth. John 14:21. The cross of Jesus on Calvary is God's symbol of salvation and it reveals the love of God and it was here that divinity met and embraced all humanity in the God-man. that we might be justified by 4 . that we might be treated as He deserves.
His righteousness. Jesus testified to the infinite value He places on every one of us. As Creator of the entire universe. 5 . no matter what we do or whom we become. that we might receive the life which was His. As our sacrifice Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He suffered the death which was ours. In dying for you and for me. Christ paid an infinite price for us. And the value we have in the Cross is a value that does not change.'' Conclusion The death of Jesus on the cross was mandated by God and necessary if all mankind were to be able to achieve forgiveness for our sins. and according to the price paid He desires us to value ourselves. The Cross is the place where human value and meaning are established. Our sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus if we will trust His sacrifice and believe that He took our sins upon Himself on the cross. in which we had no share. Jesus possesses in His Person infinite value.
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