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"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." - Col 3:1-3
In this month's passage, we're looking at the crucifixion story in John 19:16-30. John is portraying Jesus as fulfilling Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22. Not surprisingly, I found a chiasm from this passage in John:
16 Pilate gives up Jesus to the soldiers
17 Jesus receives his cross
18 Jesus among the transgressors
19-22 it is written
23-24 divided His clothing
24 it is written
25-27 Jesus among family
28-29 Jesus receives the sour wine
30 Jesus gives up His spirit
Jesus was never at the mercy of men or circumstances. It's like He's from another world! When Pilate delivered Him to the soldiers (Isa 53:8), he chose to carry his own cross to submit to what the Father was doing (a type of Isaac) and expects his disciples to do the same (Jn 10:38, 16:24). He received the sour wine to fulfill scripture (Ps 22:15) yet rejects the bitter gall of mockers (Ps 69:21, Mt 27:34). As a lamb led to the slaughter, He remains silent (Isa 53:7) until His final victorious exclamation "It is finished!" (Ps 22:31) In the end, death didn't take Him; He gave up His own spirit (Isa 53:12). In the beginning of the passage, Jesus is among thieves (Isa 53:12). In the end, Jesus is among family and assigns His mother into John's care, and "from that hour the disciple took her into his own household." Most scholars assume Joseph died sometime before Jesus began His public ministry leaving Jesus and Mary without a paternal figure to provide support and protection.
Pilate's inscription (titlos in Greek) was just a passing detail in the other gospels, but John pays more attention to this. Through Pilate's contempt for the Jews and his determination to affirm the might and power of Roman rule, he inscribed "King of the Jews" in three languages to make it clear to the whole world that he was crucifying their king. But the leaders had rejected Jesus as their king, so they demanded it read He "claimed" to be the King of the Jews. They refused to submit to God's plan by having the chutzpah to proclaim, "We have no king but Caesar!" (19:15, Ps 22:6) What's more, this word is used in Zech 3:9: "See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua (the high priest)! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription (titlos) on it,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day." Remember Zech 3 and "behold the man" from last month?
Now to the center of the chiasm, the dividing of garments and the tunic. This is about more than just the fact that he fulfilled Ps 22:18. Let's take a closer look at 19:23-24 which narrows this chiasm further:
The soldiers took his garments
and made four parts, to each a part, also the tunic.
The tunic was seamless
woven from top to bottom
as a single piece. They said "Let us not tear it"
to fulfill Scripture "they divided my garments"
The soldiers did these things
It seems odd that in a passage about the death of the Savior of the world John focuses on clothing, but he also mentions clothing in the tomb (Jn 20:6-7) and clothing on Lazarus (Jn 11:44). Perhaps there's a parallel to discover. Knowing John's love for the Creation narrative, are there elements of that here? Four rivers flowed from Eden (see Jn 7:38). Do the four garments represent the living waters divided to the nations? Adam and Eve made themselves clothing to cover their shame. The soldiers took Jesus's clothing, a shaming act in the crucifixion experience. Jesus took on shame so we would be victorious over it just as He took our sin that we might be victorious over it (Isa 53:4-5, Heb 12:2).
That's beautiful, but there's more. John's redundancy in mentioning the divided clothing and the tunic being one piece bracket the phrase "top to bottom" (Greek ek ton anothen). Matthew and Mark use this phrase of the temple curtain that was torn from "top to bottom" (Mt 27:51, Mk 15:38) but John used this phrase a few times: being born again is to be born "from above" (Jn 3:3, 3:7), Jesus came from above and is above all (Jn 3:31, 8:23). The essence of Jesus's conversation with Nicodemus was that we must learn to operate "from above", and one of the main themes of John's gospel is to keep our mind fixed on things above (Col 3:1-3). Keep a heavenly perspective, live and love from another world. Set your minds on things above because the glorious plan of God outweighs the present sufferings (Rom 8:18)!
Join me for Immersion on Facebook and Youtube May 8 at 1pm and we'll dig deeper!

By Kevin Messerschmidt





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