Day 19 • It Is Finished!

John 19

Jesus Sentenced to Death

1 Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. 2 The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. 3 “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.

4 Pilate went outside again and said to the people, “I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty.” 5 Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!”

6 When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

“Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.”

7 The Jewish leaders replied, “By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God.”

8 When Pilate heard this, he was more frightened than ever. 9 He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave no answer. 10 “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?”

11 Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”

12 Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of Caesar.’ Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”

13 When they said this, Pilate brought Jesus out to them again. Then Pilate sat down on the judgment seat on the platform that is called the Stone Pavement (in Hebrew, Gabbatha). 14 It was now about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, “Look, here is your king!”

15 “Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”

“What? Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the leading priests shouted back.

16 Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus away. 17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign over him that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.

21 Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”

22 Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.

25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus

28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.

31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35 (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe.) 36 These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and “They will look on the one they pierced.”

The Burial of Jesus

38 Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. 39 With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. 40 Following Jewish burial custom, they wrapped Jesus’ body with the spices in long sheets of linen cloth. 41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. 42 And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

  • tim

    I am so grateful for what Jesus did for me. I thank him daily for giving a sinner new life

  • Terry Wolfe

    It is finished indeed! The worlds sins for all generations were on that cross that day. Jesus was and is the attonement for all of our sins. Thank you for the ultimate gift of internal life.

  • Marilynn

    when I read this passage I am saddend. I know that was the plan for Jesus but the pain he had to endure and the suffering still breaks my heart that he did it all for me so I could be free from sin and yet I still sin everyday….

  • Lori Hofferber

    This is the first time, after many attempts, I’m reading the bible and it is real to me! Thanks to you, Pastor Kerry, for preparing my heart to hear the Word. God is so amazing! I feel so blessed to have Him as my light and in my heart!

  • Jay Mickens

    The book of John has become my favorite book in the Bible. So much detail is given. Its incredible! Once again, thank you Pastor Kerry for giving us this assignment.

  • Randy Johnston

    My imperfections are many as are my sins. The love of Jesus Christ will save me and give the remainder of my life a purpose to fulfill. Thank you Pastor Kerry for the direction and desire to succeed in God’s word.

  • Paula Jones

    I DON’T WANT THIS BIBLE STUDY TO BE FINISHED. Let’s start another series. This has been a wonderful exploration of the word and encounter with Jesus.

  • susan

    Everyone is right Pastor Kerry, there are so many people
    who are shutin’s who can not even get to church,They love God with a passion. Bible study has alot of healing power,
    especially for those who have no one they think do not care for
    them. Such as nursing homes, friendship center, etc.

  • susan

    Nursing Home- Granny asked me” Where do I go from Here? I wanted to cry! example,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    I agree with you Paula let’s start another study. This study has help me and my family re-think our life’s. I am so very thankful that Jesus has changed us in so many ways and I am thankful for these wonderful changes in our life’s. Jesus is the Lord of our life’s and we so hungry for his word and spending time with him. We look forward for spending time with Jesus everyday. Thank you Jesus for every blessing that you have bless us with. AMEN!

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  • Luis Lozada

    Oh! Such Love!!!

  • Pam

    We have so many problems in our lives, yet we will never feel the pain that our precious Lord felt, nor will we ever have to give as much as he. Thank you Jesus for blessing us with eternal life.

  • mike

    Can you please add another series like this one after 21? Thank you and God Bless.

  • Anita

    How does Pilate move from his attitude and conviction in verse 4 to his decision in verse 16? It is so painful for me to read about the injustice that Jesus suffered for us. It was announced that he had no fault, and the result is that he is sentenced. Imagine being found not guilty in court and then receiving the death sentence.
    He knew that he was innocent, and he chose to take that unfitting punishment for us. He didn’t file for an appeal trial. He didn’t argue his way out. Jesus voluntarily suffered so that the real sinners, including all of us, did not have to suffer. No greater love than that. None. I love you, my Lord and my God. I am yours forever. I will remember your heart when I suffer injustices and know that they do not finish me, either.

  • Jimmy Rife

    To understand the sacrifice that Christ paid for us is to understand the devotion we should pay to Him. Praise God.

  • Wayne Otto

    While we were still dead in our sins,Christ died for us,such love indeed!

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  • Chris Schneider

    I find it interesting that Pilate had a sign placed over Jesus that said “The king of the Jews.” The religious leaders of course didn’t like this, and wanted the sign to be changed to say “He said, I am the king of the Jews.” I find this symbolic — the Romans were the government at the time, and here a government official labelled Jesus as “the King of the Jews” — a symbol that it was no longer the Romans, or any other government, that ruled the Jews (and the world), but Jesus. And, unlike the Romans, He’s never been defeated out of that kingly role!