John 19

In John 19, John continues with the account of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Pilate had Jesus scourged and then turned Him over to the soldiers, non realizing that what he had done to Jesus would live on in infamy!

 1. Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

 2. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

 3. And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

 4. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

 5. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

John 19:1-5, King James Version

Bible Devotions from John 19

Behold the Man, verses 1-6

Jesus really was the King of the Jews, though the Jewish leaders did not receive Him as their king. However, the soldiers only said this in mockery. Their purpose was to abuse and derail Him; imagine their surprise when, after this life, they discovered that Jesus was, indeed, the King of the Jews.

Jesus Son of God, verses 7-12

Pilate did not like seeing an innocent man die, but, then, Jesus was just a man! Pilate's attitude was about to change. The Jewish leaders pushed Pilate to order the death penalty.

Behold Your King, verses 12-16

Almost it seemed that Pilate might be persuaded to free Jesus after he heard that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. What changed his mind? The veiled threats of the Jewish leaders stopped Pilate.

King of the Jews, verses 17-22

Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews was the title written by Pilate on the cross of Jesus. He caved to the wishes of the Jewish leaders in allowing Jesus to be crucified, but, in a sense, he still had the last word.

Remarkable Aside, verses 23-24

In the 19th chapter of John, we have a rather remarkable aside. In the retelling of this scene at the cross, John tells us that these things happened, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.

Three Marys, verses 25-27

Jesus' death was imminent, and huddled nearby were three Marys: Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. They looked on in horror as they saw Jesus' life draining from Him.

Gave Up the Ghost, verses 28-30

Wounded, bleeding, with so little strength remaining, Jesus gave up the Ghost, or as the New King James Version states, He gave up His Spirit.

Fulfilled Scripture, verses 31-37

John 19:36 is a fulfillment of Psalm 34:20, and John 19:37 is a fulfillment of Zechariah 12:10. Do you think the Psalmist or Zechariah knew the significance of what they were writing?

Burial of Jesus, verses 38-42

As the 19th chapter of John comes to a close we are privy to this rather touching account of Jesus' burial by Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus. Time was short as the Sabbath was quickly approaching, so the men found a new sepulchre in a nearby garden for the burial of their Lord.

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