I just finished reading John Chapter 19.
And, I’m going to post the whole Chapter.
I’ve read it before, and maybe you have too.
I even cried when I watched the Passion of the Christ, that Mel Gibson directed.
I remember when that movie came out.
But I urge you this morning, to let the Holy Spirit be the Director,
of what you’re about to witness in these verses.
Ask Him to show you,
just how expensive, your salvation, really was.
* Then Pilate ordered Jesus to be brutally beaten with a whip of leather straps embedded with metal. And the soldiers also wove thorn-branches into a crown and set it on his head and placed a purple robe over his shoulders. Then, one by one, they came in front of him to mock him by saying, “Hail, to the king of the Jews!” And one after the other, they repeatedly punched him in the face. Once more Pilate went out and said to the Jewish officials, “I will bring him out once more so that you know that I’ve found nothing wrong with him.” So when Jesus emerged, bleeding, wearing the purple robe and the crown of thorns on his head, Pilate said to them, “Look at him! Here is your man!” No sooner did the high priests and the temple guards see Jesus that they all shouted in a frenzy, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate replied, “You take him then and nail him to a cross yourselves! I told you—he’s not guilty! I find no reason to condemn him.” The Jewish leaders shouted back, “But we have the Law! And according to our Law, he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God!” Then Pilate was greatly alarmed when he heard that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God! So he took Jesus back inside and said to him, “Where have you come from?” But once again, silence filled the room. Perplexed, Pilate said, “Are you going to play deaf? Don’t you know that I have the power to grant you your freedom or nail you to a tree?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me at all, unless it was given to you from above. This is why the one who betrayed me is guilty of an even greater sin.” From then on Pilate tried to find a way out of the situation and to set him free, but the Jewish authorities shouted him down: “If you let this man go, you’re no friend of Caesar! Anyone who declares himself a king is an enemy of the emperor!” So when Pilate heard this threat, he relented and had Jesus, who was torn and bleeding, brought outside. Then he went up the elevated stone platform and took his seat on the judgment bench—which in Aramaic is called Gabbatha, or “The Bench.” And it was now almost noon. And it was the same day they were preparing to slay the Passover lambs. Then Pilate said to the Jewish officials, “Look! Here is your king!” But they screamed out, “Take him away! Take him away and crucify him!” Pilate replied, “Shall I nail your king to a cross?” The high priests answered, “We have no other king but Caesar!” Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them. So the soldiers seized him and took him away to be crucified. Jesus carried his own cross out of the city to the place called “The Skull,” which in Aramaic is Golgotha. And there they nailed him to the cross. He was crucified, along with two others, one on each side with Jesus in the middle.
But the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “You must change the sign! Don’t let it say, ‘King of the Jews,’ but rather—‘he claimed to be the King of the Jews!’ ” Pilate responded, “What I have written will remain!” Now when the soldiers crucified Jesus, they divided up his clothes into four shares, one for each of them. But his tunic was seamless, woven from the top to the bottom as a single garment. So the soldiers said to each other, “Don’t tear it—let’s throw dice to see who gets it!” The soldiers did all of this not knowing they fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among them and gambled for my garment.” Mary, Jesus’ mother, was standing next to his cross, along with Mary’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. So when Jesus looked down and saw the disciple he loved standing with her, he said, “Mother, look—John will be a son to you.” Then he said, “ John, look—she will be a mother to you!” From that day on, John accepted Mary into his home as one of his own family. Jesus knew that his mission was accomplished, and to fulfill the Scripture, Jesus said: “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting nearby, so they soaked a sponge with it and put it on the stalk of hyssop and raised it to his lips. When he had sipped the sour wine, he said, “It is finished, my bride!” Then he bowed his head and surrendered his spirit to God. The Jewish leaders did not want the bodies of the victims to remain on the cross through the next day, since it was the day of preparation for a very important Sabbath. So they asked Pilate’s permission to have the victims’ legs broken to hasten their death and their bodies taken down before sunset. So the soldiers broke the legs of the two men who were nailed there. But when they came to Jesus, they realized that he had already died, so they decided not to break his legs. But one of the soldiers took a spear and pierced Jesus’ side, and blood and water gushed out. (I, John, do testify to the certainty of what took place, and I write the truth so that you might also believe.) For all these things happened to fulfill the prophecies of the Scriptures: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, “They will gaze on the one they have pierced!” After this, Joseph from the city of Ramah, who was a secret disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jewish authorities, asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. So Pilate granted him permission to remove the body from the cross. Now Nicodemus, who had once come to Jesus privately at night, accompanied Joseph, and together they carried a significant amount of myrrh and aloes to the cross. Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in strips of linen with the embalming spices according to the Jewish burial customs. Near the place where Jesus was crucified was a garden, and in the garden there was a new tomb where no one had yet been laid to rest. And because the Sabbath was approaching, and the tomb was nearby, that’s where they laid the body of Jesus.”
John 19:1-42 TPT https://www.bible.com/bible/1849/jhn.19.1-42.tpt
Imagery like , torn,
How have I just browsed over that in my daily readings?
Or see those images in the movie and simply move on to the next moment without realizing what that meant for me.
Maybe I’m coming of “age” and just now seeing it for the first time like a PG-13 movie, in my mind.
He was torn for us.
And yet we ask, Does God really love us?
Especially when we face challenges and hardships.
We ask that because we really don’t have a clear revelation of just how expensive the cross was,
and what exactly was purchased there.
We were not bought with money.
The weight of this world’s system, as we know it, is backed by money.
Whatever we think we need, “if we just have enough money….”
we could have it.
But money couldn’t buy our freedom.
Money couldn’t buy our Father’s Love, and everything that came with it-
Total Restoration to the intent of His heart for humanity.
|Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;|
|19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 Peter 1:18-19|
Yes, You can have money, and still have debt in your life.
I think of the debt the United States has taken on and how much “money” seemingly passes through different hands every day.
Things aren’t really as they appear.
We drive cars and live in houses that we still “owe” on, and yet we compare our worth that way.
In reality, we’re comparing who it is that has accumulated the most debt.
Yet, Jesus, is the Most expensive purchase ever made, and His sacrifice has already paid All debt, off in full.
Debt has an origin.
We were indebted to sin.
The Cost was hell.
Complete separation from the Love we were created to Know and be Known by.
None of us could pay that.
So, God, loving the World He created, ransomed us, and paid that penalty, through the Blood Of His most expensive possession-
His very own Son.
There is not one thing that His Blood didn’t redeem us from.
Remember reading, “It is finished?”
So, why, as believers, are we still living as though we are indebted to the world?
For the unbeliever I understand,
but for the believer,
or as it was in my case, the “knower,”
we should be rising up to take our places, free from the debt of this life.
Let me interject here, the thoughts I’ve been pondering.
Do you know why our President acts without fear?
He has wealth.
No one can buy Him off.
And yet, even his wealth will wear out at some point.
We, as believers, have a wealth that NEVER RUNS OUT.
The same way Jesus said to Pilate, you can do nothing, but what is consented by the Father,
we can now say,
All Heaven is backing us when we believe.
We have a Stash in the Heavens.
Our Spiritual account is Full.
We don’t owe anyone- anything, except to Love out of that account.
Perfect Love casts out fear.
Fear is debt.
Fear of what others think.
Fear of persecution.
Fear of loss.
Our Father expects us to do with our wealth, What Jesus did-
He owed no man anything but to Love Him back to reconciliation with the Father-
No matter what the cost, because Jesus was wealthy with the Father’s Love.
Jesus’ expensive blood paid for Love, Himself to fill us.
I know, for me, coming to realize that I already have everything,
frees me from the lies to compare myself to others,
who seemingly have more.
We have now, all been given the Same access to wealth by the Blood Of Jesus.
We were all given the measure of Faith.
What we don’t have isn’t the issue-
It’s what we don’t know we have Already been given, that causes us to want, or even think we need more.
The Truth is,
the Lord is our Shepherd and we shall not want!
So, let me ask you…
What’s the most expensive or extravagant gift you’ve ever received?
What did you do with it?
Tell the world?
Or at least somebody?
Did you Bury it?
Look after it every day?
Hey-I know. Tough questions, but
I’m preaching to the choir!
Jesus said, that where our treasure is-
( the most expensive thing we hold dear to us)
I added that part by the way-
“that” is where we would find our heart.
And out of the Abundance of our heart, our mouth speaks.
It shouldn’t be hard to find what we treasure.
My prayer today, is that if our hearts don’t cause our mouths to speak of Jesus,
we need to look again at what our True Treasure is.
“If I should speak, then let it be, of the Grace that is Greater than all my sin- Of where Justice was served, but where MERCY WINS… of the kindness of Jesus, that draws me in… Oh, to tell you my Story, is to Tell of HIM!”-Big Daddy Weave