Now, only a few weeks later, after the resurrection, there they are preaching boldly, in the very city of the resurrection. Paul makes it clear, in Romans chapter one that this is also the foundation of the Christian message.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” Now, if we turn to Zechariah chapter 12, we see in verse ten, “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.”
Let’s consider, then, seven statements from the Cross. The first three, actually, relate to the needs of others. The first one was to those who crucified Him. That would be found in Luke 23, verse 34. “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do,”
So, what you have here is, from a human standpoint, the crucifixion was, indeed, a great crime. From a human standpoint, it was a tragedy. But, from a Divine standpoint, you see it totally differently. From the Divine standpoint, it was the total fulfillment of prophecy and an accomplishment of the will of God.
So, there is this idea of the Cross but also of the crucified life as well, because we are followers in His steps. In this case, the crucifixion is that one dies with Christ, and we crucify the flesh, with its desires and so forth, and put on the Spirit instead. In verse six, we see, “So when the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, ‘Crucify, Crucify’!”
So, inadvertently, these Roman soldiers, totally clueless as to what they were doing, were actually fulfilling prophecies, even as they did not break His legs but pierced Him in the side. And so, you have all these things woven together and even so, as painful as it was, it was nothing in comparison to what Jesus was really sweating blood over.
But, here is the detail that I want you to listen to: Just as Peter denied Jesus for the third time, “The Lord turned and looked at Peter.” Do you see that little detail there? It is chilling because John’s account tells us that they were leading Him out and were sending Him, bound, to Caiaphas.
So, He protects His disciples. However, what Peter does now is something that could have led to real trouble. In fact, he could well have been arrested at this point. He had a sword and, “He drew it and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear, and the slave’s name was Malchus.”
That is why I tell Christians whether they be new or even more mature to study and understand the book of John first, then the other Gospels will make more sense. That is also why I’m putting out such an exhaustive study of John.
So, He prays on their behalf and sets Himself apart from us and now He has set us apart for Himself. Just as He set Himself apart and sanctified Himself, He now sets us apart, sanctifies us, for Himself, because that is what it means to be sanctified; to be set apart.
So, if we continue, then, He speaks about the words, “Which You gave to Me I have given to them,” in verse eight, and, “They received them and truly understood that I came forth from You and that You sent Me.” Then He says, in verse nine, “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are mine are Yours, and Yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.”
So, then, continuing, in verse six Jesus says, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.” That is a beautiful picture. Again, they were God’s gift to the Son.