Today’s Bible Reading:
The Death of Jesus
28Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
31It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. 32So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. 33But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. 34One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35(This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also may continue to believe.) 36These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37and “They will look on the one they pierced.”
The Burial of Jesus
38Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. 39With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. 40Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. 41The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. 42And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Verse of the Day:
It is finished. Jesus knew that his mission was now finished.
Does it leave you speechless?
I am amazed at how many small details are pointed out in our readings of how specific things happened that fulfilled the Scriptures. Indeed, he was the one that the world had been waiting on. And so many didn’t realize that while he was here on earth.
Now that we are in the observance of Holy Week, you may want to go back and revisit some of the reading that we did that actually happened on this Monday leading up to the crucifixion.
Tomorrow is our final day of the 40 Days of Lent study! Wow, can you believe it?
I plan to do one last study update on Wednesday with a summary and info on the next study that I will be hosting online soon. I hope you will join us again! Look for more details Wednesday.
Thanks for your patience today in the study update coming later in the day 🙂