John The Apostle, chapter 40

To: 11,724 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “Churches of God.”

7/4/18, God’s 4th month, Tammuz 21, 5778 until sunset.

      Worldly religions using Jesus’ name have agendas, blame the Jews for Jesus’ death and made their rationale the reason to persecute and kill Jews. Until this date, the so called “United Nations” majority votes against Israel, blaming them for the causative conditions with their aggressive neighbors. A people openly stating their desire for Israel’s destruction. At Jesus’ trial the Roman governor in Jerusalem couldn’t find a cause for punishing Jesus; nevertheless to appease the Jewish leaders he authorized a flogging and then the murder of Jesus.    

      (John 19:8-11; “When Pilate heard what they said, he was more afraid than ever and he went back into the governor’s residence and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority to release you and to crucify you?” (11) Jesus replied, “You would have no authority over Me at all, unless it was given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of greater sin.”

      (12-14; “From this point on, Pilate tried to release Him. But the Jewish leaders shouted out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar! Everyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar!” When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat in the place called “The Stone Pavement”41 (Gabbatha in Aramaic). (14) (Now it was the day of preparation, ’14th Nisan’ for the Passover ’season’ about noon.) Pilate said to the Jewish leaders, “Look, here is your king!”

      (John 19:15-16; Then they shouted out, “Away with Him! Away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate asked, “Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests replied, “We have no king except Caesar!” Then Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified.”)

The Crucifixion

       (John 19:17-20; and carrying His own cross He went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull” (called in Aramaic Golgotha). There they, ’Roman soldiers’ crucified Him along with two others, one on each side with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a notice written and fastened to the cross, which read: “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” (20) Thus many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem read this notice, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and the notice was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek.

      (21-22; Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The king of the Jews’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am king of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

      (23-24;” Now when the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes and made four shares, one for each soldier, and the tunic remained. (Now the tunic was seamless, woven from top to bottom as a single piece.) So the soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but throw dice to see who will get it.” This took place to fulfill the scripture that says, “They divided My garments among them and for My clothing they threw dice.” So the soldiers did these things.”

      (John 19:25- Now standing beside Jesus’ cross were His mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. So when Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved, ’John’ standing there, He said to His mother, “Woman, look, here is your son!” (27) He then said to His disciple, “Look, here is your mother!” From that very time the disciple took her into his own home.”)

      (John 19:28-30; “After this Jesus, realizing that by this time everything was completed, said (in order to fulfill the scripture.) “I am thirsty!” A jar full of sour wine was there, so they put a sponge soaked in sour wine on a branch of hyssop and lifted it to His mouth. (30) When He had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed!” Then He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.”)

      (John 19:31-35; “Then, because it was the day of preparation, ’Nisan 14’ so that the bodies should not stay on the crosses on the Sabbath, ’Nisan 15’  (for that Sabbath was an especially important one) (The first annual Sabbath of the year.) the Jewish leaders asked Pilate to have the victims’ legs broken and the bodies taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men who had been crucified with Jesus, first the one and then the other. (33) But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and blood and water flowed out immediately. And the person who saw it has testified (and his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth.) so that you also may believe.”)

      (John 19:36-37; “For these things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled, “Not a bone of His will be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” (Quotes from Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Psalms 34:20..

Jesus’ Burial

      (John 19:38-42; “After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus (but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. (39) Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus at night, accompanied Joseph, carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about seventy-five pounds. Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it with the aromatic spices, in strips of linen cloth according to Jewish burial customs. Now at the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried. (42) And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation and the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus’ body there.”)

       Practically everyone knows that no particular calendar date falls on the same weekly day each year. Whether the 14th and 15th days of Nisan fell on the sixth and seventh days of the week isn’t important. Catholics and Protestants celebrate the first day of the week as the resurrection day; assuming the year of Jesus’ death, “preparation day was the sixth day.” and assuming Jesus’ resurrection was on the first day of the week.   

      (John 20:1-9; Now very early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. So she went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, ’John’ whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb and we don’t know where they have put Him!” (3) Then Peter and the other disciple set out to go to the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who had been following him, arrived and went right into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen cloth lying there and the face cloth, which had been around Jesus’ head, not lying with the strips of linen cloth but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, came in and he saw and believed. (9) (For they did not yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead.) Remember Jesus had not yet breathed on His apostles, opening their minds to understand the scriptures.

      (John 20:10-18; So the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she bent down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’ body had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Mary replied, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put Him!” (14) When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Because she thought He was the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him and I will take Him.” (16) Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to Him in Aramaic, “Rabboni” (which means Teacher). Jesus replied, “Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. Go to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God.’” (18) Mary Magdalene came and informed the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what Jesus had said to her.”)

      (John 20:19-23; “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 When he had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (21) So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And after He said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”) Jesus is speaking to His apostles, He isn’t giving the right to forgive sins to certain clergy.

      (John 20:24-29; Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in His hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails and put my hand into His side, I will never believe it!” (26) Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine My hands. Extend your hand and put it into My side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” (28) Thomas replied to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.”

     (John 20:30-31; Now Jesus performed many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”)

       This Jesus Created all things as is attested to at Colossians 1:15-20. To believe IN is to believe it all.

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