The Big Read – Daily Read
v1-15: The Jews cried out “Take him away! Away with him!” This is what we deserve to hear from God because of our sin for His eyes are too pure to look upon us. We are deserving of God’s justice and for the sentence of the law to be executed on us. “If Christ had not intervened and been so rejected by people, we would have been rejected forever by God.” It is also true that how the Jews treated Jesus and how we deserve to be treated by God is how we should treat our sin. “True penitents throw their transgressions away from them: ‘Away with them, away with them, crucify them, crucify them. It is not right that they live in my soul.’”
v16-18: Jesus was led like a lamb to the slaughter, offering no resistance in fulfilment of Scripture. “We deserved to be led forth with the workers of iniquity as criminals to execution, but he was led out for us, so that we could escape.”
v19-30: Jesus’ cry of “It is finished” is a comprehensive word. Jesus has fulfilled “the purpose and command of his Father concerning his sufferings” and “all the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, which pointed to the sufferings of the Messiah.” He has abolished the ceremonial law, and “an end was put to its obligations.” It is finished means that “his sufferings were now finished, both those of his soul and those of his body,” and “he was ready to breathe his last,” because “the work of human redemption and salvation had now been completed” and “full satisfaction had been made to the justice of God, a fatal blow given to the power of Satan, [and] a foundation of peace and happiness laid that will never fail.”
v31-37: The opening of the side of Jesus was significant. It was not just to make sure He was dead that a wound was delivered to the vital organs which is impossible for a human body to survive. “When Christ, the second Adam, had fallen into a deep sleep on the cross, then his side was opened, and out of it his church was taken, whom he took in marriage to himself.”
v38-42: “The One who was born from a virgin’s womb must rise from a virgin tomb.”
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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