John Lesson 26 Day 2

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John Lesson 26 Day 2

John 19:31-33

The Jewish leaders petitioned Pilate to break the legs of those on the crosses.

3. Because it was preparation day for the Sabbath.

This Sabbath was considered a high day—a part of Passover week. Usually, crucified criminals remained affixed to their crosses for days as a grim warning of the consequences of disobeying the Roman government. But because the sight of these three men was detestable to them, the Jewish leaders demanded that the Romans remove them.

When a man has committed a capital crime, been given the death sentence, executed and hung from a tree, don’t leave his dead body hanging overnight from the tree. Give him a decent burial that same day so that you don’t desecrate your God-given land—a hanged man is an insult to God.” Deuteronomy 21:22-23 MSG

Since the men were likely not dead, they asked Pilate to have their legs broken which would make them die sooner.

“The only way a crucified man would obtain a full breath of air was to raise himself by means of his legs to ease the tension on his arms and chest muscles. If the legs were broken, he could not possibly do so; and death would follow shortly because of lack of oxygen.” (Tenney)

When the soldiers saw that Jesus was already dead, they did not bother to break his legs. In “Mark 15:44-45, Pontius Pilate asked the supervising centurion for confirmation of the death of Jesus, and the centurion confirmed that he was dead.” (source)

The fact that none of his bones were broken fulfills the requirement for a Passover lamb. (see Exodus 12:46)

It also fulfills a prophecy concerning the Messiah in Psalm 34:29—”He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

4. a. The god of this world blinded them.

The Jewish leaders were so offended by Jesus who pointed out their hypocrisy. He said they were “blind leaders of the blind. And who both fall in the ditch,” They were still only focused on religious practices.

Jesus also said, “You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!” Matthew 23:24 ESV

In their case, the god of this world had blinded their minds, “to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV  This blindness still persists today.

“Their consciences were not wounded by the murder of Jesus, but they were greatly moved by the fear of ceremonial pollution. Religious scruples may live in a dead conscience.” (Spurgeon) (emphasis added)

b. Groupthink among the Jewish leaders

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Cohesiveness, or the desire for cohesiveness, in a group may produce a tendency among its members to agree at all costs. This causes the group to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation. Wikipedia Emphasis added

They expected Jesus to be a military figure like King David and overthrow the Romans. He came as the Passover Lamb, Redeemer, and Savior.

Critical evaluation of Jesus’ life would reveal that he is the Messiah, the One they were looking for. Instead, they were caught up in and swayed by the many ways he offended them.

5. Jesus drank the cup that the Father gave him. John 18:11

Jesus humbled himself and lived thirty-three years of life as a human, enduring bad weather, hunger, thirst, temptations, obedient to endure persecution and death on a cross.

I am especially grateful for—

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.…” Hebrews 4:14-16 BSB

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