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John59 – the fulcrum of human history

So they took hold of Jesus and, lifting himself the cross, he came out into the stated ‘place of a cranium’, which is stated “Golgotha” in Hebrew, where they crucified him and, with him, two others from here and from here - in the middle in fact Jesus. (John 19: 16)
In the biography of Jesus of Nazareth written by John, a first-century AD eye-witness of these things, it is the first Good Friday and it is AD 30. The place of crucifixion is called both ‘head-place’ and ‘skull place’ (‘Golgotha’). It’s the only place on earth where death and life become interchangeable. And Jesus is in there in the middle of death so as to give life to others “from here” dying….

In fact Pilate also wrote a notice and set it down upon the cross. It was in fact written, “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Judeans.” So this notice many of the Judeans read  in that the place where Jesus was crucified was near the town and it was written in Hebrew, in Roman, in Greek. So the lead priests of the Judeans were stating to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The king of the Judeans,’ but, ‘This one said, a king of the Judeans I am.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” 

This strife between Pilate and the chief priests over the Advertisement affixed to the cross seems to set out the life-and-death issue. Was he the king of the Judeans? Or was he just another claimant to that throne? Pilate seems to have been convinced of the truth of what he had written. If so, he may live.

So the soldiers, when they crucified Jesus, laid hold of his clothing - and made four shares, for each soldier a share—and the tunic. In fact the tunic was seamless, from the things above woven through complete. So they said towards one another, “We may not tear it, but we may gamble concerning it, whose it will be,” in order that the scripture may be fulfilled - the one stating, “They divided my clothes to themselves, and they put a raffle upon my cloak.” So indeed the soldiers did these things. 

By contrast with Pilate and the chief priests, the soldiers are in agreement. Equality is their unanimous obsession – except where the equality objective results in loss to all of them. Then it’s recourse to a lottery as one way of winning in this life – and avoiding strife. Little did they know that their deeds had been recorded by King David of Jerusalem around 980 BC in his Psalm 22 (see above), preserved by Israel in its national archives. Sharing and winning is all they knew in their lives at that moment.

In fact his mother and the sister of his mother, Mary the one of Clopas, and Mary of the Magdala had stood with the cross of Jesus. So Jesus, seeing the mother and the disciple standing by whom he loved, stated to the mother, “Woman, look! Your son.” Next he stated to the disciple, “Look! Your mother.” And from that hour the disciple laid hold of her into his own things. 

By contrast with the soldiers, several women remained there without any thought of personal gain – “standing with the cross of Jesus”. Minutes before Jesus gave up his life in agony, he is concerned for his mother and for the “disciple whom he loved-in-action”. His wish – it seems from his generalized words – is to bring about one-another-care at the cross. That’s the totally reversed values of Jesus’ kingdom at work. He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love-in-action one another: just as I have loved-in-action you, you also are to love-in-action one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love-in-action for one another.” 

With this, Jesus, discerning that already he had accomplished everything, in order that the scripture may be completed, states, “I thirst.” A vessel full of wine-vinegar was resting there so, having set a sponge full of the wine-vinegar upon hyssop, they offered to his mouth. So when he laid hold of the wine-vinegar, Jesus said, “It is accomplished” and having bowed the head, he gave over the spirit.  

Yes, at that moment in the process of continuing physical, mental and spiritual agony, Jesus is aware that he has accomplished everything. But there’s one more thing. In King David of Jerusalem’s 980 BC Psalm 22, there is something which Jesus wishes to fulfil. David wrote: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.”

That same King David wrote in his Psalm 69: “… for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink…” Yes, Jesus wanted to receive vinegar on hyssop. That marked the completion of his suffering to the death. He drank it all. “He gave over the spirit.” His life from above is from that moment available to others. “It is accomplished.”

Sinner Syvret

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