- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 19
A day of darkness.
Purple robe and a crown of thorns were two signs that the mockers humiliated Jesus’ claim that he was the king of the Jews. Though Pilate found that Jesus was innocent of political insurrection, he was afraid of the Jews and brutally whipped Jesus. To the Jews blasphemy was the charge against Jesus, sentenced to death according to Old Testament, Leviticus 24:16.
God controls evil power without setting aside human responsibility. But high priest who delivered Jesus to Pilate bear the greater responsibility (v.11). And Jews showed a threat of blackmailing (v.12)
Jesus was crucified with other criminals. Four women were surrounded by the cross. “the disciple whom he loved,” was known as John, and Jesus showed real humanity and concern when he asked John to take care of his mother. “I am thirsty,” and “It is finished,” are two of Jesus’ seven words on the Cross. Jesus finished all that God has sent him to do for the redemption of the world.
“Blood and water,” indicated the reality of Jesus’ humanity and the sign of new covenant in baptism, blood as the sign of salvation, water as the sign of cleansing.
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were two secret disciples of Jesus, not among his twelve, who helped burial of Jesus’ body.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.