The Gospel of JohnThey Shall Look On Him!

John 19:33 “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.”

1. A Bone of Him Not Broken
2. Blood and Water
3. Myrrh and Aloes
4. The Manner Is To Bury

1. A Bone of Him Not Broken

Verse thirty-three: “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:”

They break not his legs!

The Spirit of God told us over a thousand years before it happened that it would happen this way!

Now, read with me in Psalm twenty-two, starting with verse fourteen. “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” [Psalm 22:14]

WHO is this talking about here?

Now, in verse sixteen and seventeen, read on: “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.” [Psalm 22:16-17]

WHO is this talking about?

Now, let’s park here for a moment. Let me you a few questions. How can this BOOK do this?

How can this BOOK tell us what is going to happen to SOMEONE … over a thousand years before it will happen? Here are the answers!

• It is because this BOOK is no ordinary book!
• It is because, the SOMEBODY WHO wrote this SUPERNATURAL BOOK made it ALIVE.
The bottom line: it can DISCERN our thoughts and our INTENTIONS of the heart.

Proof text? See it for it for yourself in Hebrews chapter four, verse twelve and thirteen: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” [Hebrews 4:12-13] Psalm twenty-two is talking about Jesus Christ.

Now, consider how this BOOK foretold accurately this; that not one of Jesus Christ’s bones would be broken that day on Mount Calvary. Here is another question for you. Where is this prophecy located in the Bible? This prophecy is located in Psalm thirty-four: “He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.” [Psalm 34:20]

Now, The Gospel of John identifies Jesus Christ as GOD HIMSELF. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” [John 1:1] “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” [John 1:14]

Jesus Christ is the SOMEBODY WHO wrote THE BOOK. It is HIS BOOK!

If you were to try to divide the SON of GOD from the BOOK you would miserably FAIL.

 The TWO [The Word and the word of God] are so tightly RELATED together!

2. Blood and Water

Verse thirty-four: “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” Note: the “blood and the water” here. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed completely as required by the LAW. We see this truth explained in the book of Hebrews: “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” [Hebrews 9:22]

Friend, I have something for you. Never pay any attention to the liberal mindset of hating a bloody religion. STICK WITH THE BOOK! It is all about the blood! Without the shedding of the blood of the ONE [WHO was without SIN], there can be no salvation from HELL for any of us. We would be all GONERS and DONE IN! Amen!

This very truth is AVAILABLE to all of us [willing to read and believe] in the book of Romans [in chapter three, verse twenty-five]: “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” [Romans 3:25].

Now, there is something else here [in this text] that we need to see. It is the water. Not only did the blood come out from our Savior’s side that day but the water came out, too. Let me read it again: “and forthwith came there out blood and water.” The water and the blood go together!

Turn with me to the First John chapter five verse six: “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” [1 John 5:6] Now, verse seven and eight: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." [1 John 5:7-8]

3. Myrrh and Aloes

Verse thirty-nine: “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.”

The Bible shows us how to do the most important things in life. These are the most basic things in life. It shows us how to get saved from an eternal Hell. It shows us how to live a godly life. It shows us how to get married. It shows us how to be good husbands, how to be good wives, how to be good fathers, how to be good mothers and how to be good children. It shows us how to die. It even shows us how to prepare properly a body for burial [as Nicodemus did here for Jesus’ body.

Nicodemus prepared the body of Jesus with “a mixture of myrrh and aloes.”

What is myrrh? MYRRH, n. mer. [L. myrrha.] is an aromatic gum resin obtained from several trees and shrubs of the genus Commiphora of India, Arabia, and eastern Africa, used in perfume and incense. Also called balm of Gilead.

What is aloes? ALOES, in medicine, is the inspissated [thickened] juice of the aloe. The juice is collected from the leaves, which are cut and put in a tub, and when a large quantity is procured, it is boiled to a suitable consistence; or it is exposed to the sun, till all the fluid part is exhaled. There are several kinds sold in the shops; as the socotrine aloes from Socotora, an isle in the Indian ocean; the hepatic or common Barbadoes aloes; and the fetid or caballine aloes.

Note: the “myrrh” and “aloes” in a book of the Bible which represents Jesus Christ and the Church.

“Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:” [Song of Solomon 4:14]

Bible with Bible; look at what Psalms says [in Psalm forty-five, verse eight]: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.” [Psalm 45:8] There is the myrrh! There us the aloes! See also, the cassia. What a marvelous BOOK! What a marvelous SAVIOR!

4. The Manner Is To Bury

Verse forty: “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.”

The Bible shows that the proper method of handling the remains of the dead … is by burial of the body. [Genesis 23:4] “I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”

Cremation of the dead never shows up [as a practice] amongst God’s people: “the manner of the Jews” was “to bury.”

The manner of true Christians is “to bury.”

Cremation is the manner of the pagans.