The Emotional Impact & The Obedient Response
Teaching from John 19 recently, the emotional impact of the narrative hit me unlike before. It is emotionally challenging to hear about any death. Even greater if you knew the person. Greater still if you were close to the person. Then if you become aware it was the unmerited murder of your innocent friend. Then add to all of that, He went through this for you, for me; for sinners to have a way out of sin and into fellowship with God. How can the narrative be anything but emotional.
These verses exhibit to our minds through words the ugly picture of hostile, corrupt, unbelieving men – taking Jesus to His death. It is important for everybody to know what happened to Jesus, why it happened and not only be sad, but with love and obedient trust. Don’t skip this part of the gospel of John.