Day 105: It Is Finished
John 19:1-30 Christ endured abuse at the hands of Roman soldiers who mocked him by dressing him as a king after having scourged him. Pilate still sought to release him, but the Jewish authorities prevailed upon him, and he capitulated by handing down a sentence of death by crucifixion. Christ died an excruciating Death on the Cross. Noticeable is the non-sensationalist description of the Passion in John, omitting many details of Christ’s suffering. The blame for Christ’s Crucifixion lies not only on Pilate, the Romans, the Jews, or even the chief priests and other religious leaders of the Jews; rather, it is on the sinners in every age whom Christ came to redeem. Christians have a great share of culpability because we profess to know Christ and yet continue to sin against God. (CCC 598, 2605)
Ch 19:9 Where are you from?: The sense of this question is, “Who are you?”
Jesus gave no answer: Christ often did not attempt to explain himself to those who were not open to hearing the truth. His silence here fulfilled another prophecy from the Suffering Servant passages of Isaiah:
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
Yet he opened not his mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
And like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
So he opened not his mouth” (Is 53:7)
Ch 19:14 It was the day of Preparation...sixth hour: Before Passover, Jewish households would sacrifice a lamb to be consumed at the Passover meal. The “sixth hour” is noon. John was identifying Christ with the Sacrificial lamb of the Passover. This detail of time seems to indicate that Christ and his Apostles celebrated the Passover at the Last Supper two days earlier than indicated on the common calendar. Some theorize that he celebrated the Passover following the calendar used by a Jewish sect called the Essenes. (CCC 613-614, 1339)
Ch 19:15 We have no king but Caesar: This is an alarming statement by the chief priests, who appeared to recognize for the first time the legitimacy of the Roman emperor’s rule, even ignoring the kingship of God.
Ch 19:17 Bearing his own cross: John’s is the only gospel not to mention Simon of Cyrene, who was pressed into duty to help carry the Cross of Christ. The Cross may have consisted only of the crossbeam section, which would be nailed to a large wooden vertical beam at the crucifixion site.
Ch 19:19-22 The fact that the inscription was written in Greek and Latin, the two major languages of the known world of that time, as well as Hebrew, is a sign that the kingship of Christ is to be proclaimed to all of humanity as represented by the Greeks, Romans, and Jews. His spiritual kingship is especially revealed from the throne of the Cross when he redeemed the world.
What I have written, I have written: The “title” was a board that specified the crime for which the condemned man was being executed. The prisoner would wear it around his neck as he carried his cross and then it would be nailed above his head once he was hung on the cross. Pilate had handed down the sentence based on the accusation that Christ was the King of the Jews and would not change the official sentence at that time. (CCC 440)
Ch 19:25-27 Woman: Just as at the Wedding Feast at Cana, Christ referred to his Mother as “woman.” It is reminiscent of Eve, the “woman” of the Garden of Eden. Mary’s obedience to God reversed the sin committed by Eve, which is why the Church regards Mary as the NEW EVE.
Behold, your mother: In entrusting the care of his Mother to the beloved disciple and entrusting the disciple to his Mother, Christ established Mary as the Mother of the Church and, therefore, the spiritual Mother of every Christian believer; the disciple “whom Jesus loved” is often said to represent the ENTIRE BODY OF THE CHURCH. In the Hail Mary, we ask our Blessed Mother, “Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,” beseeching her to remain with us in the last moments of our lives just as she remained at the foot of the Cross of Christ. (CCC 495, 501, 726, 963-964, 2677-2679)
Ch 19:28 I thirst: Christ experienced human thirst, but his comment here has another meaning: he thirsted to do his Father’s will, to “drink the chalice which the Father has given me” (Jn 18:11). It also expresses his thirst for the salvation of souls, as he had expressed to the Samaritan woman (cf. Jn 4:7). (CCC 544, 607, 2561)
Ch 19:29 Hyssop, a plant used for liturgical sprinkling, was used in the original Passover to put the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the doorposts and mantels of the Jewish homes.
Ch 19:30 It is finished: Having completed the “cup” he was to drink and fulfilling the Father’s plans, Christ died on the Cross. (CCC 607, 624, 730)
Ch 19:31-42 Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, both members of the Sanhedrin who were loyal friends of Christ, came forward to ask for the Body of Christ so he might have a proper burial. Their boldness, a true example of the virtue of fortitude, contrasts with the secrecy with which they had embraced the teachings of Christ for fear of reprimand from Jewish authorities. (CCC 641)
Ch 19:33 Soldiers would sometimes break the legs of the crucified to hasten death. (POP QUIZ!! What is the cause of death in a crucifixion? Give your answer in the Comment Section of the Facebook Group Post 😁)
Ch 19:34 At once there came out blood and water: The Blood and water represent Baptism and the Eucharist, which are the Sacraments of new life. Just as Eve was formed from the side of Adam, the Church is formed from the side of Christ. The water also represents the Holy Spirit poured out upon the world by Christ, the “living water” he mentioned to the Samaritan woman by the well (cf. Jn 4:10). (CCC 478, 694, 766, 1225, 2669)
Ch 19:36 The Mosaic Law required that the sacrificial lamb be spotless and have no broken bones (cf. Ex 12:5; Nm 9:11-12), which is a sign that Christ is the sacrificial Lamb of the New Passover, to be consumed as the Eucharist in the liturgy of the Church he has founded. (CCC 608)
Ch 19:37 The Passion, Crucifixion, and Death of Christ, offered for our redemption, are proof of God’s ineffable love for us and of the enormity of our sins that offend God and separate us from him. It is by looking upon Christ crucified, who has been pierced because of our sins, that we can be moved to conversion. (CCC 1432)
Ch 19:42 The burial of Christ had to be done quickly since it was almost time to begin the Sabbath and cease all work. They laid him in the tomb, intending to return after the Sabbath to perform the ritual anointing and perfuming of the body. (CCC 624, 641, 1166)
Ch 20:1-31 By appearing to his disciples, Christ revealed his glorified Body-recognizably his own human Body but one with entirely new abilities that transcended time, space, and material limitations. (CCC 640-645, 659)
Ch 20:1 First day of the week: Sunday is the day of Christ’s Resurrection. Because of that, the Church recognizes Sunday as the Lord’s Day and established its worship on that day by the celebration of the Eucharist. In the early Church, before Christians made a complete break from Judaism, they would worship in the Temple and synagogues on the Sabbath and then meet to celebrate the Eucharist in private homes on the following day, which was Sunday. As the first day, Sunday also brings to mind the first day of creation and thus signifies a new creation in Christ. (CCC 2174, 2190-2195)
Ch 20:2 The empty tomb is not in itself unimpeachable evidence of the Resurrection, but it is obviously an essential sign of the Resurrection. (CCC 640)
Ch 20:4 The other disciple (John) arrived to the tomb first, but allowed Peter to enter before him. This was in deference to Peter in his role as head of the Apostles, whom we recognize today as the first Pope. (CCC 5552-553)
Ch 20:11-18 Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Christ who was mentioned by John as having been one of the women at the foot of the Cross; Luke describes her as having been a woman possessed by demons whom Christ had healed (Oooooh like in The Chosen 🤓). Her sincere search for Christ after her discovery of the empty tomb was rewarded with an appearance by the risen Christ himself. Disciples of Christ are those who, despite human weaknesses, are healed by him and commit themselves to follow him, becoming witnesses of his merciful love. (CCC 640-641)
Ch 20:14 Due to his glorified state, Mary Magdalene did not immediately recognize Christ until he spoke to her. (CCC 645, 660)
Ch 20:17 Go to my brethren: To complete the Father’s plan, Christ had to give the Apostles their final instructions and ascend into Heaven so that the Holy Spirit could come upon them. Only by returning to the Father could Christ take us to the Father as well. With the Redemption accomplished, it was now possible to share in the life of Christ through sanctifying grace, thereby becoming children of God and heirs to eternal life.
My Father and your father: Christ and his faithful undoubtedly share the same Father. However, Christ is the Son of God by nature, and we are his sons and daughters by adoption, through Baptism and the grace of the Holy Spirit. (CCC 443, 654, 660, 2795)
Ch 20:19-20 Christ had a glorified Body with the arks of his Crucifixion in a glorified form as a sign of resounding victory. The bodies of the just will likewise be glorified at the Final Judgement. (CCC 645, 659, 690, 1042, 1060)
Ch 20:21-23 Immediately following the Resurrection, the ultimate sign of victory over sin and death, Christ instituted the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation by giving the Apostles and their successors the power to FORGIVE SINS IN HIS NAME. Breathing on the Apostles-sometimes referred to as “John’s Pentecost”-was a foreshadowing of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Thus, they received the Holy Spirit from Christ and were empowered to act in his name. For his Apostles, the first ordained priests, the power to forgive sins was a vital part of their role of sanctifying the people. In sending them forth into the world, he charged them with continuing his mission of spiritual healing through the Sacraments of Baptism and Penance. Belief in the forgiveness of sins is an essential statement of the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed, which are prayed in the Church’s liturgy. (CCC 730, 858, 976-980, 1287, 1485-1488)
Ch 20:24-29 Thomas’ stubborn doubt showed how even some of the disciples of Christ had difficulty believing he had risen from the dead.
My Lord and my God!: Thomas’ exclamation was an expression not only of recognition but also of adoration. Through the eyes of faith, Christians are able to recognize the living Christ in the Eucharist (From my own experience, I see Jesus’ face in the Eucharist every time I go to Eucharistic Adoration or at Mass. It’s very humbling). (CCC 448, 643-645, 659, 1381)
Ch 20:20-31 John here explained his intentions in writing the Gospel. As an eyewitness to the life of Christ, he wished to challenge his readers with a compelling narrative that would lead the reader to believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. His Gospel-and by extension the other Gospels-is not a complete history or biography of Christ since there are great many things that are not reported here, as John made abundantly clear. What is recorded is written in order to inspire faith in the reader more than to be a comprehensive factual biography. (CCC 105, 124-126, 442, 514)
Ch 21:1-15 When he appeared to Mary Magdalene in the previous chapter, and here now on the beach, Christ was not recognized immediately. Only after bringing in their miraculous catch did Peter and the Apostles on the fishing boat realize that it was Christ who had called to them from the shore. The episode has long been seen in Church tradition as having a rich symbolic meaning affirming the nature of the Church: the oat represents the Church and the sea is the world; the fish are those who enter the Church; the net represents the unity of the Church insofar as it does not break and thus can hold an unlimited number of members. Peter, who represents the papacy, was the teaching authority of the Church, and he led the Church in her work of confirming her members in the faith and in her efforts to extend the Kingdom of God throughout the world. (CCC 645, 659)
Ch 21:11 The number of fish here is significant. St. Jerome claimed that the Greeks of that time had catalogued 153 different species of fish (cf. Comm. in Ez., 14, 47). Given the symbolism expressed in John 21:1-15, the number would indicate that the Apostles were going to win converts to the Church from people of every nation on earth. (CCC 1276)
Ch 21:12 The invitation to breakfast by the risen Lord reminds us of the celebration of the Eucharist, which is Christ’s invitation to his heavenly banquet, and also of Christ’s affectionate spirit of service in concrete details. In the Mass, the celebrant says, “Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” (CCC 1166)
Ch 21:15-19 Christ called himself the Good Shepherd; now he entrusted the care of his flock to Peter. Peter’s love for Christ, which had just been affirmed three times, would be evidenced by his pastoral care for his flock, the People of God. (CCC 553, 880-887, 2548-1552)
Ch 21:15-17 Just as Peter had denied Christ three times while warming himself at a fire as Christ was being interrogated, (cf. Jn 18:27), around this charcoal fire he affirmed three times that he loved Christ. (CCC 1429)
Ch 21:18-19 You will stretch out...wish to go: Christ predicted that Peter’s apostolic work will encounter serious adversity and end in martyrdom. Tradition states that Peter was martyred by crucifixion around AD 67 in Rome and was crucified upside-down after he protested that he was not worthy to die the same death as Christ. (CCC 618)
Ch 21:20-23 John added this anecdote to dispel a circulating rumor that he was going to survive until Christ returns. The beloved disciple did indeed die, but outlived all the other Apostles, according to St. Irenaeus (cf. Adversus, haereses, 2, 22, 5; 3, 3, 4). According to tradition, John also was the only apostle who did not die a martyr’s death in the strict sense. The Fathers of the Church, however, still consider John a martyr because of the intense persecutions and tortures he received at the hands of the Romans, reportedly including his being thrown into a cauldron of burning oil in which he miraculously survived. (CCC 515, 878-879)
Ch 21:22 Follow me: Christ’s call of the disciples extends to ourselves as well. This call to discipleship involves the ordained, consecrated religious, and the laity according to their corresponding states. (CCC 878)
Ch 21:24-25 John confessed to being the “disciple whom Jesus loved” mentioned throughout his Gospel and again emphasizes it at the end of the previous chapter. John made it abundantly clear that there is much more to tell about the life of Christ than what is recorded in the Gospels (cf. Jn 20:30). (CCC 76, 80-83, 515)
Proverbs 6:20-22 These verses elaborate further on the importance of honor and obedience to parents. Obedience and gracious acceptance of parental guidance are the true measure of the respect owed to fathers and mothers. (CCC 2216)
(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)
Key Event 63: Jesus Gives His Mother to the Church (John 19:25-27)
Jesus entrusts his mother to the beloved disciple and the beloved disciple to her. The beloved disciple represents all disciples, indicating the relationship every Christian now has with Mary, who becomes our spiritual mother in Christ (see CCC 963, 969).
It’s almost impossible to be able to say what we out to talk about
We ended yesterday with the people screaming out for Barabbas instead of Jesus
Today we start with this truth: Jesus is sentenced to death and beaten
Pilate even said, “I find no crime in him.”
Remember at the beginning of the Gospel According to John, John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”
Jesus is CONDEMNED at the exact hour when the lambs were being slaughtered in the temple
What kind of lambs were these?
Pilate FOUND NO FAULT IN JESUS
No bones of the lambs were to broken
Jesus did not have his bones broken on the Cross
If you were a 1st Century AD person and watched the Crucifixion, you most likely would not think of this as a SACRIFICE, you would think “Here is the criminal who is being executed.”
But John is making it absolutely clear what Jesus said, “No one takes my life from me. I lay it down freely.”
Jesus is MAKING A SACRIFICE
Jesus is the TRUE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD
Remember Abraham and Isaac?
The FATHER took his ONLY BELOVED SON and OFFERED HIM up on a HIGH PLACE
This place, GOLGOTHA is on MOUNT MORIAH
THESE ARE THE SAME HIGH PLACE WHERE THE SON, ISAAC, WAS TO BE OFFERED UP and the SAME PLACE WHERE JESUS, THE SON, WAS OFFERED UP FOR OUR SINS
Remember the line, “God will Himself provide a Lamb, my son.”
John 19: The soldiers that crucified Jesus took his garments and made it into 4 parts
But the TUNIC was without seam
Hmmm that TUNIC sounds awfully similar to an EPHOD
Ephod is a PRIESTLY GARMENT
Jesus wore a PRIESTLY GARMENT as he offers the SACRIFICE OF THE LAMB (HIMSELF) to the GLORY OF THE FATHER
THIS IS SO INCREDIBLE
JESUS WAS NOT EXECUTED
JESUS IS THE PRIEST
JESUS IS THE SACRIFICE
JESUS IS THE ALTAR
What does the Priest-King Jesus say on the Cross next?
Jesus, who had been suffocated to death at this point and is dying
Remember even though Jesus is FULLY GOD he is also FULLY MAN
In that excruciatingly painful moment what does Jesus do, when he is almost OUT OF BREATH
Jesus looks at his Mom and says, “Woman, behold your son.”
Jesus then looks at his beloved disciple, “Behold your mother.”
The “beloved disciple” here in this place is EVERY DISCIPLE WHO IS BELOVED OF GOD
WHICH IS YOU
WHICH IS ME
From the CROSS what does Jesus do?
FROM THE CROSS
Jesus GIVES HIS MOTHER
TO BE THE MOTHER OF EVERY DISCIPLE
And SCRIPTURE SAYS, “From that hour, he took her into his own home.”
This is the Call FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN
NOT JUST CATHOLICS
FROM THE CROSS…
TO BE THE MOTHER…
OF EVERY DISCIPLE…
NOT JUST CATHOLICS…
BUT EVERY DISCIPLE…
FROM THE CROSS
Jesus says, “I thirst”
Vinegar is soaked in a sponge on a sprig of Hyssop
(POP QUIZ!! What was Hyssop used for in Exodus? Give your answer in the Comment Section of the Facebook Group Post 😁)
Jesus fulfills the Passover in this moment where he says, “It is finished”
Jesus work isn’t done
The Passover sacrifice of the Last Supper is connected to THIS MOMENT ON THE CROSS
Jesus says “It is Finished.”
They did not drink THE FOURTH CUP OF THE PASSOVER MEAL, they went out and prayed in the garden and then it all went downhill from there
Now, Jesus is connecting the Last Supper the night before, where he gave us His BODY AND BLOOD IN THE EUCHARIST and he connects it to the Cross where he is offering HIS BODY AND BLOOD TO THE FATHER 🤯🤯🤯
MAN OH MAN!
The faithfulness of Mary Magdalene!
The faithfulness of Thomas!
Here is this gift Jesus gives to the Apostles in John 20
This is where Jesus gave the Apostles the ability to FORGIVE SINS
“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
So that’s where Priests are given power to forgive sins, passed down from the Apostles.
In James Ch 5, the Apostles go out immediately and forgive sins
We also have RESTORATION
We have the big question where Jesus asks Simon, “Do you LOVE ME?” three times
There is so much depth to this question
In Greek, AGAPE means “love”
Do you love me like I love you?
Do you pour your love out for me?
Is it self sacrificial love?
Peter puts Jesus in the friend zone!!!
It is so remarkable that Jesus wants us to love him like he loves us
Even when we don’t, like Peter who loves Jesus as a friend, Jesus MEETS US THERE
JESUS MEETS US THERE, ACCEPTS US, AND RESTORES US
In Matthew 16, Jesus says, “You are now Peter (rock) and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, What you loose on earth is loosed in heaven. What you bind on earth is bound in heaven.”
Peter denied Jesus three times
Jesus restored him three times
“Feed my lambs.”
“Tend my sheep.”
“Feed my lambs.”
This is for ALL OF US
That word of HOPE
When we feel like ALL IS LOST because we have made a mess of things
WE COME BACK TO JESUS
JESUS DOESN’T JUST FORGIVE US
JESUS DOESN’T JUST RECONCILE US TO HIMSELF
JESUS HAS THE POWER TO RESTORE US!!
PRAISE THE LORD!!
WHAT A GIFT!
PRAY FOR FR. MIKE
PRAY FOR EACH OTHER!!
REJOICE IN THE LORD!!
Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we thank you. Gosh. Lord, thank you so much, not only for the gift of the Sacrifice of your Son, who laid down his life. Not taken from him, but he laid down of his own accord. Thank you so much for the gift of your son, who came into this world not to condemn the world but to save the world. And this is how he has saved the world, by laying down his life for his friends and laying down his life for his enemies so that we could become friends. In rising from the dead, Lord God, in appearing to disciples and speaking that powerful word, “Shalom,” that powerful word, “Peace”. Peace which the world cannot give. He has given to us. As he gave to the disciples the ability to forgive sins, the restoration of the Kingdom, and his Holy Spirit that dwells inside of us. Father, thank you. We can never stop thanking you. We will never stop thanking you. In Jesus’ name, we thank you. Amen.”
The Historical context at the time of the crucifixion shows that the Romans who occupied Israel at the time worshiped the Caesar as a god, calling Caesar the "son of god." It illuminates the charges the Sanhedrin was bringing to Pilate, accusing Jesus of making himself a rival to Caesar. Ultimately they made the fatal mistake of choosing "Caesar" as their king over the King of Kings.
Jesus, Mary, and John- In John's Gospel, he refers to himself as "the beloved disciple." When Christ gives his mother over to the beloved disciple's care, calling him her son and her his mother (though his biological mother was very much alive and well), Jesus completes the parallel between them and Joseph and his beloved brother Benjamin, the two sons of Rachel. This also serves as support for the dogma of Mary's Perpetual Virginity since she would be entrusted to the care of the next child when the first-born died, but is instead entrusted to John the Apostle
Jesus gave his mother to his beloved disciple as mother, and his beloved disciple to his mother as a disciple. If you keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus, you too are his beloved disciple, and he has given his mother to you to take into your home (your heart) as your mother, and he has given you to her as her child.
The Fourth Cup- Two great books that cover this are "Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist" by Dr. Brant Pitre, and "The Fourth Cup" by Dr. Scott Hahn. Dr. Hahn posits the question of what Jesus means when he says "It is finished"? It can't be our justification because Romans 4:25 states that he still had to rise from the dead for our justification. Rather, it is the Passover Seder- the meal that was the Last Supper- which is not completed until the Fourth Cup is drank. Bonus: Do you notice how the events around the four cups of the Passover Seder are strikingly parallel to the four main Rites of the Mass?
John's Account of the Crucifixion Foretold by the Old Testament Much of the details of the crucifixion as told by John are prefigured in various places of the Old Testament. Check them out!
Institution of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Jesus' own words "If you forgive the sins of any they are forgiven" marks the institution of this wonderful Sacrament, giving his Apostles the priestly duty to minister to the confessions of many. It's nothing original, as God ordained the Levites to handle confessions and sin offerings for forgivenss on behalf of the people. Along with John 20, we have other passages showing people confessing their sins, and St. Paul passing on the authority to minister to this sacrament explicitly. It continues in into the early church writings.
Reading John 20 this time around, something caught my attention about Thomas and what Jesus said to him: "blessed is he who does not see and believes." It takes this kind of faith to believe in the real, transubstantiated, body, blood, sould, and divinity of Christ present in the Eucharist, while it still looks like bread and wine. It draws back to the words Jesus spoke in John 6 as well as the details on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24.
As we read Samson's story in Judges, I noticed similarities in his story with Jesus'. Reading through John 21, I now noticed some similarities between Samson and Peter, namely their falls, their redemptions, and super strength!
How good is Jesus that he will give us a chance to redeem ourselves in him, just as he gave Peter, who denied him three times, by telling him he loves him three times.
Earlier in John, Jesus identified himself as the good shepherd, mentioning that a hired hand would abandon the flock at the sign of a wolf. In John 21, the Good Shepherd is instruction Peter to tend to his sheep, meaning Peter is no hired hand, he is hand-picked by the Shepherd to care for his sheep until he returns, "that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep which have no shepherd." (Num 27:17)
John outlived all the Apostles, into the AD 90's, possibly even into the 2nd Century. He includes Jesus foretelling of Peter's fate with a little sidebar also, that will be fulfilled by Peter's own crucifixion in Rome.