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. 31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”
1. Do you ever find yourself thinking and living as though mental/emotional/spiritual existence was somehow more real than your bodily and physical existence? What kinds of wrong turns can that lead to?
2. Do you ever try to bracket out Jesus’ death from your Christian life? How does that affect you?
3. Does the death of Jesus provide you any comfort as you contemplate the tragedies and injustices in the world? Why or why not?
4. How does the plan of salvation help you understand all of scripture?
5. Does the fact that there was a plan give you comfort? Why or why not?
6. Is there enough forgiveness for you?