John 19. 35-37 cont.
35 The one having seen it has given testimony, and his testimony is true, and he knows that what he says is true, that you all might believe.
36 For these things happened so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one bone of His will be crushed”.
37 Also another Scripture says; “They will look on the One they have pierced.”
The second Scripture that John quotes is from Zechariah 12.10:
“Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on Me whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for Him as for a firstborn son who has died” – (NLT).
This is a prophecy about the restoring of Israel and Judah to their own land. This took place in 538 and also in 458 BC.
It is also a prophecy that looks beyond those dates to the time of Jesus and His being born in the family line of King David.
Jesus came full of grace. John had already said this in chapter 1.14:
And the word became flesh, and lived amongst us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Everything about Jesus was filled with the grace of the Father. We remember that grace is the undeserved favour of God. We sinners do not deserve anything from God, but He is so loving towards all He has made that He wants to bless us. He has done this by graciously sending Jesus to pay the price of our sins.
The second part of this prophecy is that on Jesus would also be the spirit of prayer. We know that Jesus was the supreme Man of prayer. We know that before anyone else was up He would be out in a lonely place where He prayed to His Father.
John 17 gives us some idea of how Jesus prayed, as well as what is known as the Lord’s Prayer.
The third part of the prophecy from Zechariah is that people would gaze at the one they have pierced. John reminds all His readers about this.
It may have been a Roman spear in the hands of a Roman soldier, but the reality is that it was our sins that pierced His hands, feet and side.
This was a fulfilment of the Scripture in Zechariah, and John states that He witnessed it taking place.
On the cross He saw the outpouring of Grace, Truth, and Love.