When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 NLT
When is the significant word. Jesus knew His moment. He called to those close by.."It is finished." Never had that happened to those who were the cross clean up crew.
Never had a criminal been aware that their time had arrived. It was no surprise to Jesus. The criminal may have not expected.. But Jesus was aware of the timing of His life and death like no other.
It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was Passover week). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.
John 19:31 NLT
Jesus gave up His spirit... Then the cross clean up crew, through orders to hasten the task, attempted to also break the legs of Jesus. Finding Him already dead, the plans changed.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs.
John 19:32-33 NLT
They went with Plan B. The plan wrote about in the Old Testament.
One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.
John 19:34 NLT
These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,”
John 19:36 NLT
and “They will look on the one they pierced.”
John 19:37 NLT
God was glorified in the moment of the most agony His son would ever experience. God was given His spirit through a simple statement. "I have done what you ask, dear Lord," could be placed here.
Jesus had a mighty task even more difficult then He worried about at the Garden of Gethsemane. But the task was completed without realization of His one fear: forsaking His father.
Jesus had His side pierced instead of His limbs broken. This fulfilled the scripture and also fulfilled our Lord's wishes. Jesus would fully know the moment of His death, speak of the desire to complete the task given, and commit Himself to His Father in heaven. His last breath spoke of His love for us. "I have saved you."
Un-BlahhG author, Caroline Cardwell spends her days caring for children as a therapist and engagement specialist at a local school, chasing four children at home and growing her home based health business. Did we mention that she and her husband, JD Cardwell, also began a church with ah-mazing leaders and a tribe they adore.