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Evidence from the Prophets – Jesus Christ Crucified Part 3

We come to John 19:23-30 where the Apostle directs our attention to the scene at the foot of the cross. There, three prophecies are fulfilled in short order. Each of these prophecies confirms the identity of the One who hangs above, and each one adds burning coals to the heads of the leaders of the people who refuse to listen to evidence. This is a sermon about evidence and our responsibility to listen to the Spirit-inspired Word of God (be they prophets or apostles). We are exhorted to use the scriptures chiefly in our evangelism and apologetics, and for nursing ourselves from sickness back to Spiritual health.

John 19:23-30

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,

“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (ESV)

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