As I continue to read the passion story of Christ’s crucifixion and death, I’m reminded of a sermon I heard a few months ago, preached by a friend of mine, James Micheal Smith.
In this sermon JM paints the picture of how John 19:28 is actually a “fulfilled Scripture” as the text calls it. It’s a beautiful imagery of Christ’s fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.
John 19:28 reads…
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
JM’s sermon takes us through this story and tells us of what this meant to the people who were actually there witnessing the death of Christ. When Christ uttered these words, someone in the area must have known his Scripture and knew what Christ was asking for…
Looking back at Psalm 22, we see David paint a horrific, yet prophetic, story.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted away within me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs have surrounded me;
a band of evil men has encircled me,
they have pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.
19 But you, O LORD, be not far off;
O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver my life from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
When John states that “so that the Scripture would be fulfilled…” John is referencing Psalm 22. This is powerful! This is God fulfilling his promises right in front of peoples eyes. This fulfillment had to be what Christ was talking about when he last uttered “It is finished.”
If you are interested in hearing JM’s full sermon, I have included the sermon below.