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The Weight of Glory [2-9-20]

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

The arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ isn't a story we usually tell in February. But here we are, at John 19, so these are the facts and details we're going to explore. For the next three weeks, we're going to see what the cross of Christ means in our lives, every day of our lives.

For the next three weeks, we're going to look at the last earthly day in the life of Jesus. This is a picture of the most important day in human history. We will look at some of the pictures that the Gospel of John gives us.

Besides telling a story, John paints a picture. John has some things that he wants us to see in these last hours of Jesus' earthly life. He doesn't include everything. For example, when Luke wrote his gospel {some 30 years before John}, he put as much about Jesus' last day as he could. But since John already knew what Luke had written, and read Matthew and Mark as well, there were some pictures from that last day he needed to include.

Here's something we need to keep in mind when looking at these pictures.

John 19:35 says:

He who saw it has born witness - his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth - that you also may believe.

There are two big things for us to understand that will bring added clarity to what we're looking at:

  1. The person who is doing the writing.

  2. The purpose it was written.

What's the first thing John says? "The man who saw this has given testimony." John was an eyewitness. So he wants us to know he's not making anything up. He was close to the cross. Peter could have been close, but he denied Jesus and ran away. John stayed and witnessed. He was there at the cross.

John was there. Matthew wrote about these things, too. Matthew was a disciple of Jesus. But he wasn't t