06 October 2009

a little illumination

The story of the passion and crucifixion is one Christians know well. But I had never heard this before and thought maybe if you didn't either, you might like to understand a little better our Lord and our God. Learning this (the content of this video) made me choke, gasp, and weep. It humbled me utterly.

(The video is approximately 4 minutes long)

Note: This sermon series (as you may notice) is from the book of Luke. Since I've been spending time studying the book of John, however, I am sharing the account given by the disciple whom Jesus loved.

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

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." 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. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:23-30 (ESV)


  1. Okay, so this one hits me in the gut. I've been thinking a lot these days of the love Christ had for those torturing, oppressing, mocking, and hating him. I've been asking him to fill me up with more of the love and forgiveness he had for them so that I can demonstrate the same kind of love and forgiveness in my own life. The details of this video only increased my worship and awe of him and the depth of that love and forgiveness he has streaming through every vein and pore of his existence.

  2. It did the same for me, friend. I was hoping you would see this, as I know your passion for peace and non-violence. This love changed the world and hearing this just shattered my heart. It deepened my awe and makes my whole body bow down.

  3. Compelling...

    I read through Mark a few years ago. I cried at the end...

  4. Wow.

    You're right. I had never heard this before... and I am not likely to forget it either. Thank you for sharing what you find on your search.

  5. So much love. I think I love him more when I hear this.