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The Book of John was authored by one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, John, who features in the gospel. John makes his mission for writing the book plain in 20:31; “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” He details the many words and claims of Jesus, as well as the various responses from those listening; in either faith, amazement, caution or rejection. Listen as Cornerstone preachers unpack the narrative and invite us to reflect on our own response to Jesus.

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Coronation of the King: What happens?

Pete Woodcock, John 19:16 - 19:37, 19 February 2023

Pete continues our series in John’s gospel, preaching to us from John 19:16-37. In this passage we see the crucifixion of Jesus. What was really going on when Jesus was crucified, and what does it mean for us today?

John 19:16 - 19:37

16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,

  “They divided my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.”

So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”


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John chapter 19 and verse 16 to 37.

Finally, pilots handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus, carrying his own cross he went out to the place of the skull, which in aramaic is called golgotha. There they crucified him. I'm with him 2 others. 1 on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilot had prepared had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. Many of the Jews read this sign. For the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in aramek, Latin, and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to pilot, do not write the king of the Jews, but that this man claimed to be the king of the Jews.

Pilots answered what I have written, I have written. When the soldiers crucified Jesus, They took his clothes, dividing them into 4 shares, 1 for each of them, with the under garment remaining. This garments was seamless. Woven in 1 piece from top to bottom. Let's not tear it, they said to 1 another.

Let's decide by lots who will get it. This happened so that the scripture might be fulfilled that said they divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garments. So this is what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, He said to her woman, here is your son, and to the disciple, here is your mother.

From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. Later knowing that everything had now been finished, And so that scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, I am thirsty. A jar of wine vinegar was there. So they soaked to sponge in it. Put the sponge on the stalk of the Hisap plant and lifted it to Jesus' lips.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, it is finished. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Now it was the day of preparation, and the next day was to be a special sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath. They asked pilot to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.

The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, 1 of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth.

And he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scriptures would be fulfilled not 1 of his bones will be broken. And as another scripture says, they will look on the 1 they have pierced. Thanks, Chris. My name is Pete Woodcock.

I'm 1 of the elders of the church here, if you're visiting. It's good to good to have you with us. If you could do us a favor, it'd be it would be helpful. If you could put a finger in these 3 bible references, it'll help. And then I don't have to you know, stop in the middle to get them.

So Psalm 22, which is in the middle of the bible, it's a book of Psalm. So I was trying to put a finger in there or a pen or or something. There's 3 references. You're gonna need 3 fingers or 3 pins. Psalm 22.

Isaiah 53. Put your finger in that. You can't do it because you've got a phone. Yeah. I was I 53.

And Isaiah 61. So Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and Psalm 61. Yep. Isiah 61. Thank you.

Brilliant. Let's pray. Father, help us now, sweet. Look at this word. And there's lots of stuff here that's familiar, but help us to see it.

Not necessarily new things, but fresh things that move us to love you more. We pray in Jesus name, R. M. Now you know I would think that this year May the sixth is an important day. May the sixth, Westminster Abbey.

Charles is going to be crowned Charles the third, and he already is Charles a third, but he's gonna be crowned. It's coronation day. There's gonna be a throne there. It's an amazing throne. It's a fourteenth century king Edward.

Chair that he will sit on. He's gonna have a crown placed on his head. I think they're still discussing what what gems are in that crown. I'm not sure something's going on like that. He's going to have a scepter placed in 1 hand, which it represents power.

He's going to have a golden orb, which represents the world placed in another hand. It you know, we can expect, if you're gonna watch it, British pomp and ceremony. There'd be a lot of that. The rich and famous will be there. Heads of states will be there.

Heads of all kinds of world religions will be there. The BBC will be there with hundreds of cameras. And famous presenters wheeled out yet again to talk in rather slow, hushed tones when they're describing the ceremony. But over excited tones when they're out on the streets talking to to the ordinary people of the public. That's what seems to happen.

And so I think that's what we can expect. At the coronation. We've seen the Queen's funeral. It's gonna be a similar sort of thing. If that was a bloke at church, today who's playing the trumpet at this event.

And so, you know, we can expect these sort of things going on. But imagine this scene. Imagine a slightly different scene. Let's go to the turn Tell you on, let's listen to the commentary. Here comes Charles and Camilla, and they're walking through the the great door of Westminster.

Westminster Abbey. The audience are hushed. This truly is a historic day. Oh dear. There seems to be some protesters causing a bit of a stir.

I don't know whether you can hear them in the background. Someone shouting out. He's not our king. Anyway, Charles and Camilla stoically ignored the protests and are walking down the wonderful carpet there's David Beckham there. And they walk up to the the alter.

Now this is strange because they seem to be standing a little longer the alter, maybe something to do with the protesters. This isn't in our program. It could be 1 of the new things that Charles is bringing in because he likes to bring in sort of a new idea that may be passed on to future generations. I'm not sure what is going on here, but he's standing there. Fiona, what do you think?

Well, thank you, David. Yes, well, this is a historic day, yes, of course. And I don't know. I don't know. I haven't got this.

We've not seen this in rehearsals or anything. So I guess it is a few future event for future occasions that he's put There's a man coming in robed in black. Now again, this is new. Fuella, have you got anything about that? No.

Well, and now Charles is kneeling On the place before the answer, that's a very odd thing. Now, this man in with a black hood on is carrying a, I guess, a ceremonial acts. And he's put a block of wood before Charles. And Charles now is laying his head on the block of wood. And the ceremonial acts is being raised.

I don't know whether it's gonna be a trumpets. Over to the advert. We're BBC, Fiona, over to you. He's executed on his coronation. Doesn't make any sense whatsoever, does it?

That would be just really weird, wouldn't it? And yet, this is what happens in John's gospel. This is the strange thing. We've had a buildup in John's gospel to this thing called the hour. The time is coming.

The hour is coming. And it's here, and it's anything but a coronation, at least it looks like that. It started in chapter 19 early on where they were mockingly putting a crown of thorns on his head. It's a mock coronation going on here. And they were laughing about that but then come to verse 16, which we read.

Finally, says pilot, he's the Roman governor, handed him, that's Jesus. Over to them to be crucified so the soldiers took charge of Jesus. It's hardly a king, isn't it? He's handed over and he's taken charge off. And then just look down at the various sections that you've got.

And you'll see it's very unlike a coronation. And yet, this is the time. This is the hour that we've been waiting for. In verses 17 to 22, you get this whole idea of a defeated, condemned king he sent to be executed. You've got the humiliation of a king and he's ignored in verses 23 and 24.

Whole idea of gambling for his clothes. They don't even they don't even care about him, the soldiers. You've got this mourned king as he leaves the family He realizes that he's gonna leave a family and he needs someone else to look after his mother. He's mourned. And then you've got this right at the end, really, a thirsty, finished king.

He says it's finished, and he's thirsty. So it seems like a disaster It's almost as stupid as the thing that I've just described to you, Prince Charles's or King Charles the third's coronation. So let's have a look at these things. First of all, the first 1 versus 17 to 22 is a defeated, condemned, king. Do you see it?

Look. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the skull, which in Arab America is called Gold Gotha, There they crucified him with 2 2 others, 1 on each side and Jesus in the middle. He carried his own cross to the place called the skull and he was crucified. That's not a coronation.

Is it? He's a condemned man walking to his death. He's a dead man walking, and then he's crucified. And crucifixion is a shameful form of execution. Cicero, who is a Roman philosopher, and statesman says the word crucifixion should not be mentioned in polite Roman society.

He said it was the cruelest and the most disgusting penalty devised for the execution of slaves. Not for Roman citizens at all. The word excruciating means out of the cross out of the crucifix, excruciating. That's what the word means. Now we've been told that Jesus has already had a crown of thorns stuck on his head as a mock king.

He's been whipped. He's had to carry the cross to the place of the skull. The word cross there is for the beam that he would have had carry, which was probably between 75 and a hundred pounds of weight on a back that's just been smashed up and is described as a plowed up field. He has to walk the streets to a mocking crowd, to a place called the skull, and he's crucified. Where's the miracle worker now then?

Where's where's the 1 that John said at the beginning of this book? That he is the word, the creator. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with god, and the word was god. Where's the revealer of God now? Where Jesus said that if you've seen me, you've seen father God.

Where's that then? Where's the 1 that raised the dead to life? What's going on here? He's defeated. It looks like he's condemned and he's put between other condemned men just to make sure you know that he's a condemned 1.

There are 2 others condemned and he's right bang in the middle. And then look at the mocking sign that goes up. In 3 languages, verse 19, pilot had noticed had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read Jesus of Nazareth's king of the Jews. That's a laugh.

That's a real laugh, that is. Nazareth. I mean, the the the phrase, the meme that went around about Matt Nazareth was, can anything good come out of Nazareth? Can anything good come out of Nazareth? He's good.

He's a king. This king comes at a Nazareth and look at him defeated and condemned. The Romans are the ones who make kings. The Romans are the ones that make the Caesars. And pilot would be able to report to Caesar.

Look, I've put down an uprising. Someone from Nazareth was pretending to be the king of the Jews, and I executed him because we're in power. And worse than that, If you know the bible and if you were a Jew, you would understand that deuteronomy says that cursed is anyone that's put on a tree and that's a cross. That hangs on a piece of wood under the curse of god, this is a place of dishonor and shame. Secondly, he's a humiliating king, ignored.

Look at verses 23 to 24. When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into 4 shares, 1 for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. Now we hear more about the undergarment than a human being that's hanging on a cross. They're more interested in the undergarment. Yeah, look at it.

This comment was seamless, woven in 1 piece from top to bottom. Let's not tear it. They said to 1 another, Let's decide by lot who will get it. There's just a lot of words there about an undergarment. And they're gambling for his clothes.

I mean, these soldiers saw no king to be obeyed, no king to be even guarded. They despised him. They rejected him. They rejected any human dignity. They gave him no dignity whatsoever.

They wouldn't even look at him in the face because they were looking at the Undergarment. This was a not a fellow human being. They had low self low esteem on him. He's no better than a worm wriggly on a hook. And it's a picture of just utter indifference, isn't it?

They're not hostile. They're just indifferent. It's extraordinary, isn't it? Thirdly, look, he's a mourned king that leaves his family, first 25 to 27. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's system, Mary, the wife of club has Mary and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus saw his mother there, the disciple whom he loves standing nearby. He said to her woman, here is your son and to the disciple that's John, who's the writer here. There is your mother. From that time on the cycle took her into his time, it's a sad, dying realization, oh my goodness. I forgot to have someone looking after my mother because I've died before my mother died.

And I've not sorted out any inheritance and this There's no keenly inheritance to be left here. Oh my goodness. I better do something. I mean, my dying throws, oh, will you look after mom? Fourthly, look, is a thirsty finished king versus 28 to 30.

Later knowing that everything had now been finished and so that the scriptures would be fulfilled. Jesus said, I'm thirsty. A jar of wine kit vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it and put the sponge on a stalk of his soup plant and lifted it to Jesus' lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, in his finished, without he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. He's thirsty.

I mean, the agony of thirst is amazing. And remember, he hasn't had a drink since the last supper. That's the last time we knew that he had a drink. And between then and this scene, he'd sweat great drops of blood in the gardens, so he'd thirsty. He'd been through many trials arrested and beaten up.

He'd been taken from place to place, jeered, been whipped. Had to carry a cross, nailed on a cross. He's golfing, man. He's golfing. He's thirsty.

I thirst to cross you thirst. 6 hours on a gross. After all that, I thirst. We're made of 60 percent water. We die of dehydration before we die of starvation.

He's thirsty. He's thirsty. And if you ever read about anyone who who dies of thirst, it's horrific. The tongue swells up so that you you can't swallow. It becomes massive in the mouth.

The the the throat is on fire. And every nerve of your being is crying out. I thirst I thirst. And then Jesus says it's finished. He bowed his head and he gave up his spirit.

It's all over. It's finished. A finished king. Dried up king, 15 minutes of fame, he's done his miracles, and that's the end of it. That's how it reads.

It's just like the picture I tried to show you about King Charles' coronation. What is the point of that? It's a tragedy. A defeated, condemned, humiliated king leaving his family in thirsty death. His 15 minutes of fame are all over Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

Watch a joke. What a joke. But and this is the great bat, isn't it? But There's a very different way of looking at this hour. There's a very different way of looking at this event.

John, we're told, In the next chapter, chapter 20 wrote this book so that you so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ. That word Christ really means messiah. It's the same word. It means God's king. So John is writing this book and he writes this line after that event that we've just seen and he says, that I've written this book that you may believe that he is God's king.

Wow. Well, you haven't done a very good job here. The son of God and that by believing you might have life in his name. That's what John says I've written this book. So we need to have a little look again at this to see what's going on here.

We maybe need the eyes of faith to see what's going on here. And see whether this is really a coronation that has some different way of looking at it. So back to verse 16 then, look at it. Finally, pilot handed him over to them to be crucified so the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Now do you remember last week Hiran was telling us about pilot.

And verse 11 seemed to be quite a significant verse in chapter 19. And verse 11, we have Jesus answering pilot, and it says Jesus answered, you this is the pilot. You would have no power over me if it were not given from above. Verse 16, finally, pilate handed him over. But verse 11, you'd had no power unless it's given from above.

So who gave Jesus over to be crucified? Who did that? Who gave Jesus over to be crucified? Geron was trying to get us to think last week. Who's the enemy?

Who's the baddy here? Who who who pushed Jesus to the cross? Who did it? Who did that? God.

God's the answer. God gave him over. God the father. A very famous verse in John's gospel. Perhaps the most famous first in the entire bible.

For god so loved the world that he gave. He's the 1 who gave. He gave his 1 and only son, but whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. It's god that it is behind pilot giving Jesus over. And even in this evil realm of darkness that we've just seen, everything did you notice is under the sovereign control of the father.

How many times does it say the so the scriptures were fulfilled? So the scriptures were fulfilled. 1 of the troubles with preaching this chapter is that there is so much not just very, you know, written so the scriptures will be filled and fulfilled and you can look that scripture up. There is scripture fulfilled all over the place. That's why I have to get you to turn to 3 major passages in the bible, in the Old Testament.

God is giving his son. That's what's going on here. And this is God's plan. This is the coronation of Jesus the messiah. It's extraordinary.

It's very different than you would think, isn't it? And why is he giving him over? Because the kingdom that Jesus is going to set up is bigger than life and death. The kingdom that Jesus is going to set up is heaven itself and it destroys sin. The kingdom Jesus is coming into it.

The kingdom prince I think you're all in prince Charles. Because he's had years of calling him there. The the kingdom that Charles is coming into is a fading kingdom. It'll be less than even his mother ruled over. But the kingdom Jesus is coming into is 1 that will beat death, deal with sin, and bring heaven for people that follow him.

This is a kingdom of life and resurrection That's what's going on here. And so God gives him over. So let's go over those points again. Just make sure we've got them. First point, a defeated and condemned king.

No. A king condemned in our place. That's a better sentence. Look at verses 17 to 22, just flash down. Verse 17, carrying his own cross.

He went out to the place of the skull. In which in Arabic is Golgothat. This is a king going to be condemned for us is a king going into battle. This is a king doing what real old kings used to do. Being at the front of the battle and gonna die first for the people.

This isn't some little ceremony in Westminster Abbey. This is the king going into battle and gonna be condemned for us. This is the lord of life carrying across, a cross made out of a piece of wood from a tree that he created. This is the lord of life going to a cross to be nailed on the tree that he created by nails that were came out of the earth that he created the iron and put it into the earth. This is 1 going in to battle it on our behalf.

Now let's look at the prophecies. Turn to Isaiah 53. You've got it there. You have your finger in it. It should come out very easily.

Not your finger. Isaiah 53. Look at verse 3. Listen. I'm gonna read it slowly.

He was spies and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering and familiar with pain. Like 1 from whom people hide their faces, he was despised and we held him in low esteem. Surely, he took our pain and bore our suffering. Yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions.

He was crushed for our iniquities. The pattern that brought us peace was on him And by his wounds, we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray. Each of us have turned to his own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted.

Yet, he did not open his mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter And as a sheep before his shearers is silent, he did not open his mouth first to end. Yet it was the lord's will to crush him and to cause him to suffer. And though the lord makes his life and though the lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days. And the will of the lord will prosper in his hand.

After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied. By his knowledge, my righteous servant will justify many. And he will be Do you hear that? He was condemned for us. We're the sinners We're the ones who should be crushed.

You should be on a cross with nails through your hands. You should have the wrath of God upon you. You should have people ignoring you as you've ignored God. You should have God ignoring you and gambling for your clothes because you're nothing. You're the sinner.

You're the 1 who's crossed. But here's a king that even pilot said was innocent 4 times. We saw that last week. Here's the innocent 1 being condemned for the guilty That is the Christian message and it's outstanding. What a king condemned in my place he stood?

Do you see it? A defeated condemned king now? A king condemned in my place. And what a king it is. He takes my punishment.

And though it says, in the siren above him, the king of a Jews. He's the king of a Jews in the sense that he's the king of all of a promised that were made to the Jewish people in the bible. But he's the king of the Jews for the whole world. That's why verse 20, it says many of the Jews read the sign for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. The sign was written in Arabaic, in Latin, and Greek, king of the Jews, written in Arabaic, Latin and Greek.

Arabaic is the religious language, the language of religion in that place. Latin is the place of global language of government and Greece, Greek, is the language of culture and education. He's coronated with a sign above his head king of the Jews for the whole world. The whole world. This is coronation day.

It's amazing thing. That's him receiving his scepter and his golden orb. Pilot had written exactly what God had wanted. What a king? Secondly, a humiliated king and ignored.

Remember, they were gambling for his clothes? No. No. It's rather a a king that humbled himself for us. He humiliated, yes, but he humbled himself for us.

So clothing in the bible is a big deal. There's a there's a lot about clothing in the bible because I do a whole talk on clothing in the bible. But it largely signifies covering up shame. That's what happened with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when they broke the laws of God They were shameful people and God covered them up with animal skin. Something had to die to cover them up.

There's a picture there already. So nakedness and shame go together in the bible. If if if you you wouldn't come here naked, would you? It's slightly shameful, isn't it? If you're naked, you feel very exposed, don't you?

So, nakedness and shame go together. In Hebrews chapter 12 talking about the cross, the writer in the bible, talking about the cross, says that Jesus didn't turn from the shame. He was stripped and humiliated. He didn't turn from the shame. In John chapter 13, you're gonna go back a few chapters.

It says that Jesus removed his clothes and washed the disciples' feet. The job of a slave. He didn't mind being a servant, a slave, even though it was shameful. He was prepared to take on shame to cleanse. His followers were a king.

He humbled himself on the cross. What a king? Turn to Isaiah 61 verse 7. This is about us, Isaiah 61 verse 7. In instead of your shame, you will receive a double portion.

And instead of disgrace, you will rejoice in your inheritance. You've got an inheritance and you will inherit a double portion in your hand and everlasting joy will be yours. Instead of your shame, you've been given this inheritance and it's like a double inheritance and it's gonna bring joy But look at verse 10. Look, I delight greatly in the Lord. My soul rejoices in my God.

For he has What's the word? Closed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness. As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest and as a bride adorns herself with jewels. It's an extraordinary picture. And you have that picture throughout the bible.

In Ezekiel 16, There's this abortion that's just left on the side of the road dying, kicking in its own blood, and the king comes along and it says, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness and then makes this abortion a queen and beautiful and cleanses her. It's the picture of the bible. Jesus goes naked to give us his righteousness And you don't have to gamble for it. He would give it to us. He gives us a robe of righteousness.

Why? Because he took his off. He took the sins so that you could have a double inheritance of joy. And the soldiers, what are they doing? They're just fulfilling we're told.

Psalm 22 verse 18. They divided my clothes among them. And cast a lot. They didn't know what they were doing. They were ignoring him, but this 1 who's now resurrected is gonna come back.

We'll hear that next week, I think. Is gonna come back and every knee will bow, they won't ignore him then. They'll be longing to be covered. In the robe of righteousness. It's a wonderful picture.

What a king? What a coronation? The third thing, a mourned king leaves his family now. Rather a new family are brought to life. So it's really interesting that Jesus on the cross and you've got that.

Little thing about his family. He's thinking a family. Why is he thinking about family? Because that's why he's on the cross to redeem a family for himself. Go to Psalm 22 this time.

Look what's going on here. You'll see a public spectacle of the cross. Verse 6, Psalm 22. This is Jesus, but I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone. Despised by the people, all who see me mock me, they hurl insults shaking their heads.

He trusted in the Lord. They said, let the Lord rescue him let him deliver him since he delights in him. And then look look at verse 14. We're we're told that he's he's mangrove, but he's you could he can count his bones and then verse 17. All of my bones are on display.

People stare and gloat at me than verse 16. Go to that. Dogs surround me. A pack of villains encircle me. They pierce my hands and my feet.

Yeah? Why? Why is he going through this? Well, look at the end of Psalm 22 verse 22 of Psalm 22. I will declare your name that's God's name.

This is Jesus declaring God's name to what, my people. In the assembly, I will praise you. Look at verse 25, from you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly. Before those who fear you, I will fulfill my vow. The poor will eat and be satisfied.

Those who seek the lord will praise him. May your hearts live forever? All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the lord and all the families. Of the nations will dour bow down before him for dominion belongs to the lord and he rules over the nations. He's made a new family.

That's what he's doing on the cross. He's buying and redeeming a family on the cross that he will present to the father. Yeah? What a coronation day? King Charles doesn't really nothing for me to be quite honest with you.

That we'll have a few trees around Chestington, I suppose. But other than that, it's about it. I love Matthew Henry. He's an old commentator, an old puritan commentator a long, long time ago. And he's he goes on to talk about the blood and the water coming out of the side.

Jesus had died on the cross. No bones are broken. So they're not gonna break his bones and they shove a spear in reread it and blood and water came out indicating death, but that it was a spear in his side and and only as a puritan can goes we or spurgeon can go back to the Genesis bit when when Eve was created out of the side of man. And this is what he says, when Christ the second Adam was fallen into a deep sleep, died upon the cross. Then was his side opened, and out of it was his church taken, which he is which he espouse to himself.

It's wonderful, brilliant. On the cross, he was making a people. By his death, he makes a resurrection people fourth thing. A thirsty and finished king? No.

Rather a victorious king who finished the work for us. Again, this is predicted. If you just have a look at Psalm 22 verse 14, I am poured out like water. He said, I am thirsty. Remember, these were written thousands of years before the Christ.

These are prophecies. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. None were broken. My heart was turned to wax. It has melted away within me.

My strength is dried up like a potter, dry bit of pottery that's been broken and left in the sun, no water in it at all. And my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You laid me in the dust of death. I first says Jesus. And yet, if you go through John's gospel, we've seen that he's constantly giving water to people.

In chapter 2, he turns water into wine to make the party go well. In chapter 4, he gives the water of life to a woman. In chapter 6, he feeds the hungry and says if you drink of me, you won't go thirsty. In chapter 7, he says if anyone is thirsty, let them come to me and drink. He's always on about water that he gives the water of life and yet here on the cross towards the end, the unthinkable happens The 1 who is the source of the water of life says I first.

Why? Because he spent for us. He's all dried up for us. He's given his life for us. It's an amazing picture of substitution.

You drink. He goes thirsty. It's a vivid picture for you to understand the excruciating suffering that he goes through. What a king? What a king?

Isn't it? And then he says it is finished. What is finished? It says specific word. Tettalestta is the word.

It is finished. And you can do a whole sermon on that. I have got 1 at home, but I decided not to do it. It is finished. I've got 1 on I first as well, and I've got 1 on the a bit anyway.

So I thought I'd write a new 1. It is finished. It is accomplished. All the prophecies of God now fulfilled in Him. Tetalesca, it is finished.

It is finished. I've completed all my sufferings. It is finished. The goal of my incarnation has come to an end. It is finished.

My people are atoned for. If it's finished, I'm making a people for myself. If it's finished, it's the end of sin. If it's finished, all the laws requirements have been dealt with. It is finished.

Satan's power is over. I rule. I'm on the throne. It's finished. The work of salvation is done.

Here I am on the throne and it's a cross and it takes faith to see it. Otherwise, you think I'm defeated. You will not understand it. You'll talk about how can a profit be hanging on a cross like that. You won't get it.

Until faith comes into you. And you see that it was the father god giving over his son to save us, to be condemned for us to be thirsty for us. What a king? What a savior? What a substitute?

What a coronation? Let's pray.

Preached by Pete Woodcock
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Pete is Senior Pastor of Cornerstone and lives in Chessington with his wife Anne who helps oversee the women’s ministry in the church.

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