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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.


The Crucifixion

John 19:17-27


So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18Here they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:
Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.

20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek.

21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,

“They divided my garments among them

and cast lots for my clothing.” Psalm 22:18

So this is what the soldiers did.

25Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

26When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your Son,”

27and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

 

Verse 24:

Psalm 22 was written by David  979 B.C. and its verse 18 read;

“They divided my garments among them

and cast lots for my clothing.”  

 

As a matter of fact this was literally fulfilled in the crucifixion of the Savior on the Cross. By remarkable circumstances which no human could have foreseen or anticipated. It never occurred in the life of David, as far as we know, or have reason to believe, that his enemies stripped him, and divided his garments among themselves; and the description here, therefore, could be applicable only to someone else. It was completely fulfilled in the Savior.

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