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Read devotionals for September 2022
October 1, 2022
John 19:1 – Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
Thought: Pilate had spoke with Jesus about the charges against Him. After hearing Jesus’ testimony, he told the Jews that he found no fault in Him at all. He, then, tried to pacify them by asking them to allow him to release Jesus because it was customary for him to let one prisoner go at the passover. The Jews, however, requested Barabbas instead. What was Pilate to do? It appears that he thought that by scourging Jesus that the Jews would be contented. It was a brutal, unjust, and useless beating.
October 2, 2022
John 19:2 – And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple roble.
Thought: It is sad to see the Jews reject their King. It is even sadder to see the Roman soldiers mock King Jesus. Instead of a royal crown of gold or victory, the soldiers put a crown of thorns on his brow. The large thorns would have torn into His flesh and blood would have flowed onto his face. Too, they put a purple robe on Him. Purple was the symbol of royalty. The robe according to Luke was a gorgeous robe. It was intended to make fun of our Lord. Ignorance does foolish things.
October 3, 2022
John 19:3 – And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
Thought: The evil that is found in the actions of these Roman soldiers runs deep. First, they praise Him, saying: “Hail, King of the Jews!.” The word “hail” is a salutation that involves cheer. It is an acknowledgement of joy and happiness. It is a proclamation that desires God speed and well wishes to the one addressed. Yet, immediately after proclaiming this positive, the soldiers “smote him with their hands.” They proved their words to be a farse. Their honor of this King turned into derision.
October 4, 2022
John 19:4 – Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
Thought: This is the second time in John’s gospel that Pilate has declared Jesus’ innocence. He has also used two avenues that he thought would be effective in appeasing the Jews and enabling him to release the Christ. Justice, however, was not something Pilate sought as a judge. He wanted to appease the masses. He was more worried about the fallout of releasing Jesus than he was about doing his God-given duties. Pilate will forever be remembered as a weak and cowardly judge who tried the Lord.
October 5, 2022
John 19:5 – Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
Thought: When Jesus was presented to the Jewish crowd, He had been humiliated by the Roman soldiers. Pilate let it be known that he had disgraced and punished an innocent man. Surely this presentation of Jesus would be enough to appease the Jewish leaders. “Behold the man!” Pilate said. He could have also said: “Behold, the Son of God.” Little did Pilate understand the hatred of the Jews for Jesus. Little did he know how hard their hearts were. Soon he would be surprised by their words.
October 6, 2022
John 19:6 – When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
Thought: Seeing the humiliated Christ did not pacify the Jews. It only ignited their angry emotions even more. Instead of crying: “Release Him,” they cried out, saying: “Crucify him, crucify him.” They were set on putting their enemy to death. Pilate had declared Jesus’ innocence. He should have released Jesus. Pilate, however, acquiesced to the Jewish leaders. “Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him.” Only Pilate could give that authorization. Now the Jews could finish their plans.
October 7, 2022
John 19:7 – The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
Thought: The Jews were not interested in Pilate’s judgment regarding Jesus. They only wanted his authorization to put Jesus to death. In their minds, Jesus had violated their law because He “made himself the Son of God.” The problem was that His affirmation was the truth. He was the Son of God. He had proved this over and over again by His works and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Sadly, the Jews could not comprehend, nor did they accept, the idea of God being on the earth.
October 8, 2022
John 19:8 – When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid.
Thought: Pilate had declared Jesus to be innocent twice. The second time he was informed that Jesus proclaimed to be “the Son of God.” This made Pilate even “more afraid.” Perhaps he believed Jesus’ claim to be the truth. It would be fearful to think that one is truly dealing with deity. Could Pilate really make such a determination? If it were the truth, could he convince the Jews of it? This was one of the most difficult cases ever tried by the procurator. Sadly, he ruled from the emotion of fear.
October 9, 2022
John 19:9 – And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
Thought: Pilate was a ruler, but he was also a man. The Jews brought to him one of the most unusual and difficult cases he had ever tried. He experienced many emotions. His job was twofold: to uphold justice and to keep peace in the nation. At every turn, he learned new things about Jesus. Was He really divine as He claimed to be? Pilate had to ask about the matter. “Whence art thou?” he inquired. Jesus answered nothing. Pilate had proclaimed His innocence. That should have been enough.
October 10, 2022
John 19:10 – Then said Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Thought: Pilate had declared Jesus’ innocence two times. There was really no further need for Him to be questioned. Jesus should have been released. Thus, when Pilate asked Jesus about His origin, Jesus refused to answer. This upset Pilate. He reminded Jesus that he was the one in control of the outcome of this trial. There was some truth to the procurator’s point. Sadly, he seemed to be using it as a threat against Jesus to get the information he desired. Justice was not part of Pilate’s vocabulary that day.
October 11, 2022
John 19:11 – Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
Thought: Men often become intoxicated by the authority they possess. They forget that their power has been given to them by God. Jesus reminded Pilate of this. He said: “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.” Having said this, Jesus reveals that the Jewish leaders had “the greater sin.” In addition to the false charges made against the Christ, their hearts were filled with malice and hate. They yearned for Rome to approve of Jesus’ execution.
October 12, 2022
John 19:12 – And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Cesar.
Thought: Often, individuals only hear what they want to hear. Too, they are not able to think outside of the small boxes called their minds. All the Jews heard was that Jesus proclaimed that He was a king. They could only think physically, not spiritually. Too, they did not hear His words which said: “My kingdom is not of this world.” Because of their inability to reason properly, they fought diligently to have the King of the Jews killed. Unfortunately, their reasoning put too much pressure on Pilate.
October 13, 2022
John 19:13 – When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
Thought: Pilate now brings Jesus out for the final sentencing. He has heard all he needs to hear. He takes his place in “the judgment seat.” This was a seat prepared in the open square upon which a judge like Pilate would pronounce judgment. This place had a name. The Romans referred to it as “the Pavement.” The place upon which the judgment seat was set was a mosaic of many different kinds and colors of stones. It was also an elevated place. Thus, the Jews named it Gabbatha.
October 14, 2022
John 19:14 – And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
Thought: The outcome of this trial needed to happen quickly for the Jews. The Passover, one of three main feast days, was the next day. Those who had come before Pilate needed to be preparing their holy celebration. Once more, Pilate stood the beaten Christ before the Jews, and said: “Behold your King!” Instead of his words dissipating the anger of the Jews, it only fueled it. They did not accept Jesus as their king. No punishment would suffice. They wanted Jesus dead and gone.
October 15, 2022
John 19:15 – But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cesar.
Thought: Nothing but the death of Jesus would satisfy the Jews. Jesus had been beaten, scourged, ridiculed, and mockingly dressed as a king. His bloody and beaten frame did not appease the Jews. They continued to cry out: “Away with him, crucify him.” It is interesting that they not only rejected Jesus as their king, but their acknowledged their loyalty to Cesar. “We have no king but Cesar.” It is sad to see them rejecting the Lord’s anointed and pledging their loyalty to an ungodly, secular leader.
October 16, 2022
John 19:16 – Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
Thought: In this verse, Pilate completely abdicates his obligation as a judge. He himself has proclaimed Jesus’ innocence during the trail. Yet, he delivers Jesus unto the Jews to be crucified. Justice suffered a severe blow that day. An innocent man was condemned as a criminal. A flawless man was treated as a sinner. “And they took Jesus, and led him away.” The real criminals, the Jews, led away the Christ to Calvary. Their hearts were relieved. Their mouths rejoiced. Jesus would die.
October 17, 2022
John 19:17 – And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of the skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgatha.
Thought: Jesus bore His own cross when He left the palace area and started toward the place of execution. He was tired. He was severely beaten. Yet, He still bore the weight of the cross. From whence came His strength? Every step brought Him closer to “the place of the skull.” The Hebrew for the place was Golgotha. The Romans referred to it as Calvary. Some believe the mount looked like a skull. Other believe skulls were found there from previous crucifixions. Here, Jesus would die.
October 18, 2022
John 19:18 – Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Thought: Jesus was crucified between two thieves. In so doing, the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled. “And he made his grave with the wicked…” (Isa. 53:9). It appeared to all who saw the Christ that day that He, too, was a criminal. In fact, being in the middle made it seem as if He bore the greater crime. Each of these crosses would come to represent spiritual concepts. One would represent rebellion. Another would represent repentance. The cross of Jesus would manifest redemption.
October 19, 2022
John 19:19, 20 – And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews; for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Thought: At times, people have spoken and written the truth when they did not believe what was said or written was true. At times, people have spoken or written the truth, when the majority refused to believe it. This was one of those times. Did Pilate believe what he wrote? Did the Jews believe Pilate’s words? Most likely neither believed. But, the words were true. Jesus of Nazareth was the King of the Jews. It was read by “many Jews.” It was proclaimed in three languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
October 20, 2022
John 19:21 – Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews, but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
Thought: The Jews certainly did not believe what Pilate had written and posted above the head of Jesus. They never believed Jesus to be their king. Thus, they wanted the sign to be changed. Yes, they understood the importance of words. They did not want it affirmed that Jesus as the King of the Jews. They wanted all to understand that this was Jesus’ affirmation. Because one affirms something to be the truth does not make it so. But, when Pilate made an affirmation, some will regard it as the truth.
October 21, 2022
John 19:22 – Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
Thought: Pilate had placed a sign above the head of the crucified Christ that read: JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS. Did Pilate believe this to be the truth? Probably not. However, he did know the sign would agitate the Jews. When they asked him to re-write it, saying: HE SAID, I AM KING OF THE JEWS, Pilate refused. He responded, saying: “What I have written I have written.” Pilate and the Jews were not friends. Sadly, the two came together to complete a heinous murder.
October 22, 2022
John 19:23 – Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
Thought: What belonged to Jesus quickly became the property of the soldiers who crucified the Christ. Jesus had very little when it came to personal possessions. One of his garments, they tore into four parts and each soldier took one part. But, there was a coat Jesus had that “was without seam, woven from the top throughout.” This coat was costly. Most likely Jesus received it from one of His followers during His ministry. We are not told in Scripture. The soldiers knew the value and did not rend it.
October 23, 2022
John 19:24 – They said therefore among themselves, let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among themselves, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
Thought: Jesus’ coat that was without seam was known by the soldiers to be costly. Thus, they refused to tear it. Instead, they cast lots for it. One of the soldiers took that coat home that day. However, all of them fulfilled a Messianic prophecy of the Old Testament. If a Jew had some knowledge of Psalm 22, he should have recognized the fulfillment immediately. Sadly, the Jewish leaders had only one thing on their mind. They wanted to kill Jesus. They had no intent of accepting Him as the Messiah.
October 24, 2022
John 19:25 – Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
Thought: Some of the Lord’s most faithful disciples were women. Some of these women were kinsmen of our Lord. Jesus’ mother was one of the faithful . From birth to the cross, Mary witnessed the life of Jesus. She knew He was special. She knew He was the long awaited Messiah. However, the things she was having to experience now had to be difficult. Her innocent Son was now hanging on a cross. In just a few hours He would die. Loyalty and faithfulness, however, are present in the hard times.
October 25, 2022
John 19:26, 27 – When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
Thought: Jesus lived under the Old Law and took His responsibility to the Law seriously. The law commanded children to honor their parents. This obligation meant more than the manner in which one speaks to them. It also involved their physical care in their old age. Jesus was on the cross. His death was imminent. When He saw His mother standing by John, he knew He needed to care for her. That care was entrusted to John. John, too, is to be commended for taking her into his own home.
October 26, 2022
John 19:28 – After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
Thought: Jesus knew who He was. He also wanted others to be convinced of His powerful claims. One of the most powerful proofs of His authenticity was the fulfillment of Messianic prophecy. Jesus had to fulfill every prophecy to the letter. As He hung in agony, His mind was still on His mission. The simple cry of “I thirst” would fulfill another statement the prophets had foretold about the Christ. It is interesting that this is the only indication of the affliction Jesus experienced on the cross of Calvary.
October 27, 2022
John 19:29 – Now there was a vessel of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
Thought: Crucifixions could last hours, even days. At the place of execution, the Roman soldiers had “vinegar” provided to quench their thirst. This was not the kind of vinegar like we buy at the store today. It was a sour wine. Often this drink was given to the ones being crucified because of the deep thirst they suffered. When Jesus cried: “I thirst, “ a sponge was filled with the liquid and placed at the end of a reed and was raised to Jesus’ mouth. A few sips would usually prolong life and suffering.
October 28, 2022
John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Thought: Jesus took a sip of the vinegar that was offered to him by the Roman soldiers. With His mouth not as dry, He cried out: “It is finished.” What does this mean? Prophecy still had to be fulfilled. In three days, His life would be restored. So, what does, “It is finished, “ mean? Jesus was referring to the sacrifice needed in order for mankind to be redeemed from sin. It was done. The blood was shed. The life was given. The love of God had been manifested. Grace was now available for all.
October 29, 2022
John 19:31 – The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was a high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Thought: The Jews are still very concerned about the upcoming Sabbath. The outward manifestations of Judaism were very important to them. They, however, had great difficulty with their inner beings. They illegally tried a man. They had an innocent man put to death. Now, they wanted to hasten His death and the death of the two thieves. None of this wounded their consciences. Their “obedience” to the Sabbath Day was all that mattered. How does the heart and outward actions get so out of line?
October 30, 2022
John 19:32, 33 – Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs.
Thought: In order for the one who had been crucified to breath, he had to be able to push up on the nails in his feet. Then, he would sag back down. The process was painful, but the need to breath took precedence over the pain. However, if the legs of the crucified one were broken, this could not be done. Soon, the criminal would suffocate to death. Both thieves had their legs broken. Jesus, however, did not. He had already given up the ghost. After death, Jesus continued to fulfill prophecy.
October 31, 2022
John 19:34 – But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
Thought: One of the soldiers wanted to be assured of the Lord’s death. Thus, he pierced His side with a sword. This shows the due diligence the soldiers gave to their responsibilities. Jesus had been sentenced to death and die He would. From Jesus’ side poured both blood and water. Some believe that the spear may have pierced the sack of water surrounding Jesus’ heart. This the only time blood is mentioned at the crucifixion. Blood and water will be important under the New Covenant.
I John 5:8
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