What is significant about the fact that Christ’s garments were divided up among the soldiers, or that he experienced thirst while suffering in our place on the cross? Why does John seem to emphasize the fact that blood and water flowed when a soldier pierced his side? On this program Shane Rosenthal will discuss these and other questions with Justin Holcomb, author of Rid of My Disgrace, as they walk through the latter half of John chapter 19.
Justin Holcomb: Instead of giving the cheap wine at the end of the party, Jesus gives the best and what does he get? He gets this nasty, cheap, watered down, bitter wine in the middle of his suffering on our behalf. And so there’s an intensity to that which drives home the great exchange. Here he is, the extravagant gift giver and what does he get from his creation who rebelled? He gets the worst thing back in the middle of this most humiliating moment.
Term to Learn
The process of propitiation envisaged in the Bible is one which involves an element of substitution. In both the Old and New Testaments the means of propitiation is the offering up of a gift, the gift of a life yielded up to death by God’s own appointment. The Scripture is clear that the wrath of God is visited upon sinners or else that the Son of God dies for them…. Either we die or He dies. But ‘God commendeth His own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’ (Rom 5:8).
By the blood of Christ a propitiation is effected so that those who are of faith no longer need fear the wrath. Thus we see that, whereas originally sinners were liable to suffer from the outpouring of the wrath of God, Christ has suffered instead of them, and now they may go free. But to say this is to say substitution.
(Adapted from Leon Morris, Apostolic Preaching of the Cross.)