CC041114, “The Suffering Of Jesus – Let’s Talk About It,” John 19:14-37

It was Friday morning, the Jewish Day Of Preparation. Sabbath would be arriving at sundown. Jesus would be crucified this day. Because this Sabbath occurred during Passover, it was a High Sabbath. The pain that Jesus experienced on the cross was followed by His death. His body would have to be taken down from the cross by the Roman soldiers in time for it to be taken to his burial tomb, before the arrival of the Sabbath sundown.

The following translation was chosen because it is personal. It is very personal in that it uses the name, “Yeshua,” the Hebrew name for the Lord. It means “Yahweh [the Lord] is Salvation.” Also, the translation is very personal by using words that more directly show the brutality that was inflicted on our Lord.

But, what can we say about the various forms of suffering that believers in Jesus, and non-believers also, find tormenting them? This question was presented to me by the Director Of Women’s Ministries at our church. I would like for you to share some of your thoughts on suffering with me. The director and I will discuss your replies and pray for God to lead us, as to how we should use the accounts. If you are a blogger, you can reply to this post. If it is too personal, you can email me. If you want the information to remain between you and me, please let me know and I will guard your wish. If this letter is coming to you by email, you can reply by email.

John 19:14-37
Names of God Bible (NOG)

14 The time was about six o’clock in the morning on the Friday of the Passover festival.
Pilate said to the Jews, “Look, here’s your king!”
15 Then the Jews shouted, “Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!”
Pilate asked them, “Should I crucify your king?”
The chief priests responded, “The emperor is the only king we have!”
16 Then Pilate handed Yeshua over to them to be crucified.
The Crucifixion
So the soldiers took Yeshua. 17 He carried his own cross and went out of the city to a location called The Skull. (In Hebrew this place is called Golgotha.) 18 The soldiers crucified Yeshua and two other men there.Yeshua was in the middle.
19 Pilate wrote a notice and put it on the cross. The notice read, “Yeshua from Nazareth, the king of the Jews.” 20 Many Jews read this notice, because the place where Yeshua was crucified was near the city. The notice was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
21 The chief priests of the Jewish people told Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The king of the Jews!’ Instead, write, ‘He said that he is the king of the Jews.’”
22 Pilate replied, “I have written what I’ve written.”
23 When the soldiers had crucified Yeshua, they took his clothes and divided them four ways so that each soldier could have a share. His robe was left over. It didn’t have a seam because it had been woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 The soldiers said to each other, “Let’s not rip it apart. Let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” In this way the Scripture came true: “They divided my clothes among themselves. They threw dice for my clothing.” So that’s what the soldiers did.
25 Yeshua’s mother, her sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary from Magdala were standing besideYeshua’s cross. 26 Yeshua saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there. He said to his mother, “Look, here’s your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Look, here’s your mother!”
From that time on she lived with that disciple in his home.
Jesus Dies on the Cross
28 After this, when Yeshua knew that everything had now been finished, he said, “I’m thirsty.” He said this so that Scripture could finally be concluded.
29 A jar filled with vinegar was there. So the soldiers put a sponge soaked in the vinegar on a hyssop stick and held it to his mouth.
30 After Yeshua had taken the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!”
Then he bowed his head and died.
31 Since it was Friday and the next day was an especially important day of worship, the Jews didn’t want the bodies to stay on the crosses. So they asked Pilate to have the men’s legs broken and their bodies removed.32 The soldiers broke the legs of the first man and then of the other man who had been crucified with Yeshua.
33 When the soldiers came to Yeshua and saw that he was already dead, they didn’t break his legs.34 However, one of the soldiers stabbed Yeshua’s side with his spear, and blood and water immediately came out. 35 The one who saw this is an eyewitness. What he says is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth so that you, too, will believe.
36 This happened so that the Scripture would come true: “None of his bones will be broken.” 37 Another Scripture passage says, “They will look at the person whom they have stabbed.”

Now, let’s consider Jesus on the cross.

Philippians 3:10
New King James Version (NKJV)

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

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