Friday, August 16, 2013

Bible Study: Meet Jesus, Son of God/Son of Man - John - Chapter 19

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the Gospel of John, although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, fall 2009 through late spring 2010, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy, health care and unemployment, there is a renewal and increase of racism, and godly principles of living being disregarded, there are floods in India, earthquake and tsunami in Samoa. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Seek His wisdom. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 19 of the book of John. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…


19:1-16 –see Matthew 27:15-26; Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:18-25.

The sixth illegal trial before Pilate – without proof of guilt, Pilate allowed an innocent man to be condemned.

See Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20. What similarities exist in these parallel accounts? What additional information do you glean from these passages? What does this tell you about the perspective of the writer, John? How does this knowledge enhance your understanding of the event?

19:1 – It appears that Pilate had Jesus flogged to placate the crowd. Notice in v. 4, he tries again to release Jesus, saying he can find no basis for a charge against Him.

19:6 – Notice it is no longer the Jews, but the Chief Priests and their officials who are shouting for crucifixion. Is Christ’s appearance so ghastly that the people felt enough was enough? So, now they need to be incited by others?

19:7-8 – When Pilate heard the Jews say Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, he was even more afraid. What do you think Pilate already feared? Why would this claim make him more afraid?

19:7 – The Jews jump right back on the crucifixion bandwagon.

19:9 – Why did Pilate ask where Jesus came from?

19:11 – Pilate’s power over Jesus actually came from Jesus, Himself.

19:14 – sixth hour – noon.

19:15 – The Jews say, “we have no king but Caesar.” What about Herod? Why do you think they said this?

19:16 – Scripture says Pilate finally handed Jesus over to be crucified. He tried very hard not to sentence Jesus. Go back over Pilate’s interaction with Christ. How many times – and in how many ways – did he try to get out of this responsibility?

19:17-24 – See Matthew 27:33-44; Mark 15:22-32; Luke 23:33-43. What similarities exist in these parallel accounts? What additional information do you glean from these passages? What does this tell you about the perspective of the writer, John? How does this knowledge enhance your understanding of the event?

19:20 – Pilate wrote the sign in three languages. He wanted to make sure this was understood. Why do you think he did this? To mock Jesus? To mock the Jews because they “forced” him to crucify a man who wasn’t guilty of a crime?

19:23 – prophesied in Psalm 22:18.

There were 4 soldiers.

19:25 – Who is Mary, the wife of Clopas?

19:29-30 – See Matthew 27:48-50; Mark 15:36-37; Luke 23:36. What similarities exist in these parallel accounts? What additional information do you glean from these passages? What does this tell you about the perspective of the writer, John? How does this knowledge enhance your understanding of the event?

19:30 – it is finished – at this moment, God’s plan for eternity was completed through Jesus’ obedience. WOW!

Christ’s death is a miracle! Jesus had to give up His Spirit. There is nothing that can kill Our God! He had to lay down His life, because there is nothing more powerful than Him that could take the life from Him! Hallelujah!

19:31-34 – Even in death, God’s plan is perfect! Every last detail is accounted for. See 19:36-37; Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; Psalm 34:20; Zechariah 12:10.

19:31 – see 39-40. Jesus’ body was prepared on the day of Preparation.

19:33-37 – prophesied in Psalm 34:20; 22:14, 17; Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; Zechariah 12:10.

19:38-42 – See Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56. What similarities exist in these parallel accounts? What additional information do you glean from these passages? What does this tell you about the perspective of the writer, John? How does this knowledge enhance your understanding of the event?

19:34 – flow of blood and water – in the OT tabernacle, first you passed the altar of burnt offering (blood), then the basin for washing (water) to approach God.

Find other verses on the flow of blood and water. What do these elements represent?

19:38-42 – What were Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus risking by doing this? Can you provide scripture references to support your answer?

19:38 – Seek out scriptures on Joseph of Arimathea. Develop a profile on him.

I wonder if Pilate saw Joseph of Arimathea approaching and wondered: “What more can the Council want?”

19:39 – Seek out other scriptures on Nicodemus. Develop a profile on him.


• The book of John is called the “Love Gospel”. How have you seen God’s love at work in this chapter of scripture and how will you apply it to your life this week?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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