Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 14, 2019

“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”

Today’s devotion comes from John 19:31-37.

“Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;  but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.  And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true;  and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.  For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN.”  And again another Scripture says, “THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED.”  John 19:31-37.

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“NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN.” leads us to meditate that Jesus was without blemish, the perfect Passover sacrifice.

Regarding the Passover meal, Exodus 12:46 commands:  “It is to be eaten in a single house;  you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it.”

“…  For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.”  1 Corinthians 5:7.

“For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”  Hebrews 9:13-14.

“Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;  but He (Jesus), having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.  For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”  Hebrews 10:11-14.

“THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED.” leads us to meditate that God gives grace SO THAT we look to Christ and mourn about our sins and receive forgiveness.  

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.”  Zechariah 12:10.

Other doctrine teaches that we first repent out of our own wisdom and our own alleged free-will, and then based on our wisdom and our will to repent, God grants forgiveness.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God first gives us grace and then we repent out of God’s grace.  Simply, God grants repentance based on His wisdom and His will.  

Other doctrine praises man for his wisdom and his will to repent.

But, Reformed Doctrine glorifies God for giving grace and granting repentance.

“He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”  Acts 5:31.

“When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”  Acts 11:18.


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