6.21.13 The Burial

John 19:38-42 “After this, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus — but secretly because of his fear of the Jews — asked Pilate that he might remove Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission, so he came and took His body away. Nicodemus (who had previously come to Him at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes. Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the aromatic spices, according to the burial custom of the Jews. There was a garden in the place where He was crucified. A new tomb was in the garden; no one had yet been placed in it. They placed Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation and since the tomb was nearby.”


Better to be a secret disciple of Christ than no disciple at all I guess. This is an honorable thing that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus does, but one wonders why they became so bold after Jesus’ death. They were obviously respected and powerful men in their society; why not defend the innocence of Christ while he live? Whatever the case, God used these shy and fearful men in the burial of Jesus.

There are many customs in our world as to what is done with a person’s dead body. We learn here only of what is good and respectable for a Christian to have done with his body after death. Christ’s body was cared for and handled in a respectful way, and so should we do likewise. Our bodies will be raised to newness of life when Jesus comes back for his own; I for one want to have my remains contained in a single place for ease of resurrection.


  • What do you want to be done with your body after death?
  • This is a good time to tell your children what you want to have done with your own body after you die.
  • God is able to use even the most fearful of disciples. Do you want to be known as a secret worshipper of Christ, or an open one?
    • Which do you think honor’s Jesus more?

6.20.13 No Hope In A Dead Messiah

John 19:31-37

“Since it was the preparation day, the Jews did not want the bodies to remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special day). They requested that Pilate have the men’s legs broken and that their bodies be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other one who had been crucified with Him. When they came to Jesus, they did not break His legs since they saw that He was already dead. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows he is telling the truth. For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of His bones will be broken. Also, another Scripture says: They will look at the One they pierced.


One could wonder what kind of hope there was for humanity at this point. The Messiah was put to death. He died sooner than the two common criminals that were next to him. In our super-hero culture, we would expect to see that the strength of Jesus was at least more than the two criminals on either side of him right? Yet Jesus proves again that no one takes his life from him; he has the power to lay it down and take it up again. Jesus gave up his own spirit.

We know how the rest of the story goes. Jesus proves his victory in three days, yet this day is a day of sorrow. This day is a day to remember that without Jesus, there is no hope. We have no hope for forgiveness apart from Jesus. We have no hope for heaven apart from Jesus. We have no hope for joy apart from Jesus. We have no hope of freedom from sin apart from Jesus. Without Jesus, we have no hope. Without Jesus, we are crucified men nailed to a cross with broken legs. No hope.

I am so thankful that God inspired the Bible for us to be our source of truth. John testifies to this by reminding us that his testimony is true, and that he was an eyewitness to these accounts.


  • Do you believe that the testimony of Scripture is true?
  • Do you believe that there is such a thing as absolute truth?
  • Explain the significance of the death of Jesus.

6.19.13 It Is Finished!

John 19:28-30

After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now accomplished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, He said, “I’m thirsty!” A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on hyssop and held it up to His mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.


From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, till the very last moment; Jesus was consumed with fulfilling all of the scriptures. Jesus knew that there was one last scripture that he needed to fulfill before he accomplished his task; Psalm 69:21.

Instead, they gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

This is amazing! Jesus is near his dying breath and scripture is consuming his mind. He is scanning his mind for every place he knows the scriptures speak of him. “Oh yes, there is one more” Jesus thinks. “I need to be given vinegar to drink before all is accomplished.” So Jesus looks down at his offenders and gasps that “he is thirsty.” Do you think they could spare even a drop of water for him – no; but they do have some vinegar. Will that help thirst? Not really that stuff is nasty!

As Matthew Henry says, Jesus does not now lift his head to heaven to strain to take each breath like others who are crucified. He declares with triumph, “It is finished!” And bows his head as if going to sleep.

Here is what Matthew Henry says of the phrase “it is finished.”

What he said, and we may imagine he said it with triumph and exultation: It is finished. It is finished, the hatred and enmity of his persecutors had now done their worst. It is finished, the purpose and command of his Father concerning his sufferings were now fulfilled. He had said when he began his sufferings, Father, thy will be done, and now he said with pleasure, It is done. It is finished, the ceremonial law was abolished. The substance had now come, and all the shadows were done away with. It is finished, sin is finished, and transgression brought to an end. The lamb of God was sacrificed to take away the sin of the world and it was done. It is finished, his sufferings were now finished. The storm was over, the worst was past, and he was entering the joy set before him. Let all who suffer for Christ and with Christ comfort themselves with the assurance that in a little while they too will say, “It is finished.It is finished, his life was now finished, and he was ready to breathe his last. We must all come to such a point soon. It is finished, the work of human redemption and salvation had now been completed, a fatal blow given to the power of Satan, and a fountain of grace opened that will always flow he that began a good work will perform it; the mystery of God will be finished (Revelation 10:7).


If Jesus was consumed till his dying breath with fulfilling scripture; shouldn’t we concern ourselves with it as well? We can not fulfill prophecy, but we can and should seek to fulfill God’s preceptive will for His children.

  • How should the knowledge that Jesus fully accomplished your complete redemption move you to live in this world?
  • It is time to cling to the promise yet again…

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)

6.18.13 Caring For The Elderly

John 19:25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple He loved standing there, He said to His mother, “ Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.


Jesus has been forsaken by all except his closest family members and his friend John who is “closer to him than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). How much this must have grieved his dear mother to see her promised Son nailed to that cross.

I’ve heard it said that you can’t spill dirty water from a clean glass with clean water inside. Also, that our hearts spill what we are full of when we are bumped. How many of us would set aside our pain and agony in order to see that the needs of our loved ones were met? Jesus did. He looked down at his Mother, then down at his friend John, and made a new relationship. Jesus’ father must have died sometime earlier. Jesus was the one who had been providing for her up until this moment. Now he was not going to be around to do this and wanted to make sure that Mary was going to be taken care of. So he appoints John to take her into his own house and care for her until death.

Jesus shows us here that it is the duty of children to care for the needs of their parents.

John was a faithful friend to Jesus till the end. The blessing he received from this is one that no other person will ever have. It would have probably been hard at times. It probably would have been a bit of a financial burden. But John had the blessing of caring for Mary the mother of Jesus till her dying day. John had the blessing of being untrusted by Jesus the Son of God to do this task. What an honor!

But Jesus tells us that if we give a cup of cold water to a child in his name, then we are actually doing it for Jesus; wouldn’t that also count for caring for our aging parents as well?


  • This is a good time for us as parents to think about our future plan of caring for our parents. After we do this, we should share this with our children.
  • Jesus shows us that he is very concerned with families. He wants the needs of the elderly to be met by the children. This shows us not only the importance of caring for our parents; but also, that you as children should have a goal of being married and raising children of your own. It is they who will provide for your needs in your dying days.

6.17.13 Being Consumed By Consumables

John 19:23-24

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes and divided them into four parts, a part for each soldier. They also took the tunic, which was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it, to see who gets it.” They did this to fulfill the Scripture that says:They divided My clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for My clothing. And this is what the soldiers did.


The Bible says that the soldiers did this to fulfill scripture. The reference brings us back to Psalm 22.

Psalms 22:16-18 For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me. They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing.

The account of Jesus crucifixion seems so trite. Here you have the Son of God being crucified for the sins of all who will put their trust in him, and the soldiers are dividing up Jesus’ cloths on the ground in front of him. They are completely unaware of the significance that surrounds them.

Jesus prophetic word in Psalm 22 helps us to see what Jesus saw. He tells us that “dogs,” a “gang of evildoers” have closed in on him. People are walking by, presumably reading the sign above Jesus’ head, and staring at our naked Savior bruised and battered hanging on a tree.

Do you treat the crucifixion of Jesus as trite? It may become easy for us to do trite things on the floor in our living room as the account of the crucifixion is read. But we as a family must fight those sinful thoughts of complacency. For this account itself reminds us that Jesus at Golgotha was bearing the punishment for our complacent sinful thoughts; along with many, many others.


  • How can we treat Jesus with the honor and care that he deserves?

The soldiers were more absorbed with the clothing and garments of Jesus then the person of Jesus. To be absorbed with externals in our modern day is called Materialism.

  • Do you find yourself to be in any way materialistic like the soldiers whom Jesus calls “dogs” and “evildoers”?
    • If so, what do you think Jesus thinks about this?

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

6.16.13 The Sign Of Jesus’ Love

John 19:16-22

So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified. Therefore they took Jesus away. Carrying His own cross, He went out to what is called Skull Place, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him and two others with Him, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had a sign lettered and put on the cross. The inscription was:

JESUS THE NAZARENE THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Many of the Jews read this sign, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews, ’ but that He said, ‘I am the King of the Jews. ’”

Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written.”


Like Isaac of old, Jesus carried to the top of the hill the very wood he was about to be crucified on. He did this willingly, like Isaac; he did this without resistance. He was lifted up in between two sinners so that this might be a picture of Jesus being the savior of sinners. Jesus is the king of the Jews!

But wait, Jesus is the king of more than just the Jews right? Do you find it strange that there is so much attention in this story given to the sign above Jesus’ head and it’s inscription? I do too. The sign was written in three different languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. This is a picture of the gospel going forth to all nations. The sign also reflected no lie, it was true; for thus Jesus is glorified even in this inscription. The Jews did not want the sign to say that he is THE KING OF THE JEWS, but that he thinks he is the king of the Jews. Pilate refuses the Jews complaints, and thus does one good act amidst this flurry of sinfulness.


Jesus is reminding us again of his command to us in Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “if anyone wants to come with me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

  • This is the cost of discipleship. Are you willing to carry whatever cross Jesus appoints for you?
  • What is the sign that you carry over your life? What can those around you know about you by the way you act, dress, and move about this world? Do people know that you follow the crucified and risen Christ?

6.15.13 Jesus, The Key To Humility

John 19:5-16

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

When the chief priests and the temple police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

Pilate responded, “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, for I find no grounds for charging Him.”

“We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You’re not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?”

“You would have no authority over Me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”

From that moment Pilate made every effort to release Him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s bench in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Hebrew Gabbatha). It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about six in the morning. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!”

But they shouted, “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?”

“We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.

So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Therefore they took Jesus away.


Jesus is the key to humility.

It amazes me every time I read and think about this portion of scripture. Jesus is the son of God, yet he is being man-handled by sinful men who think they are doing the will of God. Wait a minute; they are doing the will of God, yet not doing the will of God. How is this possible?

There is a will of God which is sometimes called the decretive will of God, then there is the preceptive will of God, and lastly the dispositional will of God.

The decretive will is the sovereign purpose of God to ordain whatsoever comes to pass. This is a hidden will of God and we are unable to know this until event come to pass.

The preceptive will is the will of God through precepts or commands. This is revealed to us in the bible. We can know exactly what God’s will for our life is by remaining in the freedom of the moral commands of scripture.

The dispositional will of God is the heart and desires of God. It reveals to us what is pleasing to God.

The key to Jesus’ humility is that he fully knows and embraces each of these aspects of the will of God. He knows that it is not according to Gods preceptive will that the Jews sought to crucify him, yet it was fully within Gods decretive will.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely. When You make Him a restitution offering,

He will see His seed, He will prolong His days,and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished.


Jesus is the key to humility. Him indwelling your heart by faith, and you understanding God’s three wills.

  • Have you embraced Jesus as Lord and King?
  • Is he indwelling your heart so that you may have the power to become truly humble?
  • Explain back to me the three wills of God.

6.14.13 Morals Void Of A Standard

John 19:5-16

Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

When the chief priests and the temple police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

Pilate responded, “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, for I find no grounds for charging Him.”

“We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. So Pilate said to Him, “You’re not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?”

“You would have no authority over Me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”

From that moment Pilate made every effort to release Him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s bench in a place called the Stone Pavement (but in Hebrew Gabbatha). It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about six in the morning. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!”

But they shouted, “Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?”

“We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered.

So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

Therefore they took Jesus away.


It seems here that Pilate truly wanted to do what was right. The problem though is that Pilate didn’t have a standard of what is right and what is wrong. He felt in his heart that it was wrong to crucify Jesus, yet “what is truth” he later asks of Jesus. For Pilate, truth is what the masses of people say that it is.

This is no different then our American view today. We come up with morals based upon protestors who get the most media coverage. Government then votes to determine what is right and wrong. Even if there were a lone voice in government who felt in his heart that it was wrong to write law based upon something he knew was contrary to the natural order, he would be silenced and voted down.


  • Why do we fear man more than we fear God?
  • Why do we make decisions based upon what people think of us rather than what God thinks?
  • How can we as a family begin to make decisions that will not seek to crucify the Messiah, but rather lift him up and boldly declare what is right and what is wrong to our culture around us?

6.13.13 The Mocking of a King

John 19:1-4

Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. The soldiers also twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple robe around Him. And they repeatedly came up to Him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and were slapping His face.
Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I’m bringing Him outside to you to let you know I find no grounds for charging Him.”

Neither Pilate nor the soldiers knew that the man who stood before them was much more than the king just of the jews. He was and is the king of kings and The Lord of lords. Had they understood that Jesus was king even over Pilate, do you think they would have mocked him so?

What’s wrong with the human heart that it seeks to slap and mock purity? The soldiers must have thought of themselves as higher than the jews. If they didn’t they would have never enacted a judgement upon Jesus (ie: the slapping, mocking, and hurting) like they did.

– Do you have a heart like Pilate? A heart that thinks that you can do whatever you want with Jesus?
– Do you have a heart like the soldiers? A heart which seeks to mock, scorn, and even pronounce judgement upon the Son of God?
– Or do you have a heart like Jesus? A heart which seeks to live each moment of every day under the sovereign rule and plan of God?

“What you meant for evil, God meant for good.” Genesis 50:20.

Leading Your Family Through Devotions 6.13.13

My name is Scott David. I am a Christian husband and father of four children that range in age from 1-1/2 to 14. I have been leading nightly family devotions for about eight years. Sometimes it’s just a verse from the Bible. Sometimes it’s an hour and a half lesson where we end up laying down in mud puddles outside. Sometimes it’s reading a chapter from John. Sometimes it questions from the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I don’t always finish what I start. I don’t always explain well, but one thing I do; I lead my family by nightly Bible lessons. Sometimes we cry, sometimes we laugh, many times we think hard, and other times I swear I hear crickets chirping from my children’s ears. But it brings me such comfort to know that God uses means of grace to save and sanctify me and my family. I can only teach the Word, God gives the increase.

I am starting this blog to help Dad’s lead their families through nightly devotions from the Bible. They are intended to be read and used as springboards to engage your family through the Word of God. You may not be leading your family to God right now, but make no mistake, whether you lead well, or whether you lead poorly; you are always leading, for God has ordained his creation that way.

It begins with a desire to do what God has called every man to do, a resolve to do it, and a purposed time to gather your family around you so that you might declare, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Why not begin tonight? Begin by telling your family that from now on, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”