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Cast out of this world (John 19 v 23-27)

Cast out of this world John 19 v 23-27

Death is a terrible thing—and it is something that, whether we try to ignore it or not, we will all experience. And the reality of death ought to horrify and terrify us—if it were not for Jesus.

No protection
Read John 19:23

• What happens at the foot of the cross?
• Why is this particularly significant (v 24)?

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TIME OUT...
In verse 24, John is quoting from Psalm 22.
Read Psalms 22:12: see and feel the terror of David in the psalm, and think about how these sufferings were fulfilled by Jesus.
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It’s worth dwelling on the truth that Jesus was stripped absolutely naked. Don’t believe the pious paintings which show
Him with a loincloth. He died with literally nothing to call His own.

The alternative to Jesus being naked for us is that one day, at God's final judgment, we will be stripped naked so that every word, thought, and deed will be exposed for the universe to see, and then we will be left with nothing.

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PRAY THRU
Think about the shame and disgrace that Jesus endured, and thank Him for doing that for you.
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No mother
Read John 19:25

Two women are unnamed. Jesus’ mother, Mary, is never named in John’s Gospel. By looking at the parallel passages in the
other Gospels, it seems the second woman may have been Salome, the mother of John and his brother James. The other two are “Mary, the wife of Clopas” and “Mary Magdalene”, who (as we’ll see) becomes the first witness of the resurrection.

These courageous women were the last at the cross.

Read John 19:26

• What is staggering about what Jesus is doing in these verses?

The “disciple whom Jesus loved” is almost certainly John, the Gospel-writer. He writes as an eye-witness and can never
forget this little scene of love.

Jesus is separated from His nearest and dearest in this life. However much others may grieve for Him, He dies alone.

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PRAY THRU
Ask God to help you look after your parents, if they are alive. But more importantly, thank Jesus for being willing to be separated from all human comfort, simply to save us.
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Explore God's Word Daily helps you open up the Bible to be refreshed and encouraged in your walk with God. "Explore" is the daily Bible-reading devotional from The Good Book Company (www.thegoodbook.com). Contributors include: Dr Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York; Mike McKinley, Senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church; Tim Chester, author and pastor of Crowded House, Sheffield, UK; Mark Meynell, Senior Associate Minister at All Soul’s Langham Place, London, UK. Editors: Tim Thornborough and Carl Laferton.

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