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Daily Reading: 18th February 2016

John 19. 31-34 cont.

31 Now, since it was the Day of Preparation for the great Sabbath, and since the Jews did not want the bodies to remain on the crosses on the Sabbath, they asked Pilate that the legs might be broken and that they might be removed. 

32 Then the soldiers came and smashed the legs of the first one and of the other one who had been crucified with Him.  

33 But on coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not smash His legs. 

34 But one of the soldiers, with a spear, stabbed His side, and immediately out came blood and water. 

Perhaps we all know that Jesus was already dead when the Roman soldiers came to break the legs of those who were crucified.

During His ministry Jesus had said that no one would take His life from Him.

In John 10.17-18 Jesus said: 17 Therefore, the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, so that I might take it up again.

18 no one took it from Me, but I, willingly lay it down. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. I have received this commandment from My Father.

In this Jesus is saying that He has the authority of the Father when to lay down His life for His sheep.

That moment had just arrived when Jesus said: “It has been accomplished”.

In Luke’s gospel we read:

And crying out with a load voice Jesus said: “Father, I commit My spirit into Your hands”. Saying this He breathed His last – Luke 23.46.

Jesus came into the world to pay the price of our sins. Having accomplished this He gave up His spirit into the hands of the Father. In His death was the victory over death. Satan, nor the Jews, nor the Romans took His life from Him. They had no authority to do so.

Jesus left this world the moment He had achieved His purpose of winning our salvation.

The old hymn ‘The Strife is o’er, the battle won, has these words:

The powers of death have done their worst, but Christ their legions hath dispersed: let shout of holy joy outburst. Alleluia!

They express the victory that Jesus experienced as He breathed His last breath on the cross, a victory that was to be confirmed in His resurrection and ascension.

He gave up His life for each one of us. Let us dedicate and devote our lives to sacrificially serving Him. Then, when the day comes for us to be called home by Jesus we also will now that in the power of the Holy Spirit we have accomplished all that He has called us to do.

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