The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, The Son of God : John 19

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The Gospel of John is different from the other three Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry, death and resurrection. John’s Gospel gives us a lot of symbolism to point us to the truth of who Jesus the Christ actually is, and His mission on behalf of the Father.

  1. John’s Gospel is focused on Judea, not Galilee. Much of the narrative takes place in the City of Jerusalem.
  2. John’s Gospel focuses on the interaction between Jesus and the Jewish leadership: the Priests, Scribes, and Pharisees. Those personally responsible for the arrest, illegal trial, and railroading of Jesus to the cross are personally named. Things they said are written down (i.e. “We have no King but Caesar!”). That generation and following generations would know who was responsible, and who wasn’t responsible for Jesus’ death.
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  4. By doing this, John makes the symbolic statement that the Jewish leadership in general, and specific individuals of high office, would have no authority over the new Christian movement, nor would they even have their respect.
  5. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus’ birth is celebrated by the singing of an Angelic choir in the skies. In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ death is celebrated by Jesus singing – as best as he could – Psalm 22 : a psalm that begins with agony and ends with victory.
  6. In the synoptic gospels, the Passover dinner is held on Passover. In John’s Gospel it is the day before “preparation day” – so the next day, preparation day, is the day that all the lambs are sacrificed and it is the day that Jesus is crucified as the “Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.”

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