Category Archives: death of Christ

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

goodfri_6503c“The descent of the Son of man reaches its lowest point in a human tomb, but also finds there its passage and transition to his ascent to glory, though the signs that point out this transition in Jesus’ entombment only become visible in the light that is still to come, ‘on the first day of the week,’ the first words of the next chapter.” (Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theological Comment­ary, p. 628).

“We can say, then, that the line of Christ’s humiliation does indeed descend to the grave, but that it there effects the strength which will exalt Him again. . . . And he who is buried with Him has already been glorified with Him, arisen with Him, and been placed in heaven.” (K. Schilder, Christ Cru­cified, p. 560).

Quotes in preparation for this evening’s Bible study on John 19:38-42 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.

The One You Pierced!

“From now on, because of Jesus’ self-offering in death, he is the one whom no one seeking salvation can bypass. In the one who was pierced (Zechariah 12) God places everyone before the great de­cision, just as that oc­curs in the man of sor­rows of Isaiah 53 (cf. Jn. 12:38) and in the Son of man who had to be lif­ted up on the cross as Moses lifted up the ser­pent in the wilderness (Jn. 3:14).” (Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theolo­gical Commentary, p. 624).
“The evangelical com­fort merged with a sinis­ter threat. Not a bone will be broken . . . that is the comfort. Golgotha is charged with God’s re­deeming providence. But they shall see what was done here—that is the threat. There is no escape from this place save by lamenting their own sin.” (K. Schilder, Christ Cruci­fied, p. 551.)


(In preparation for the Wednesday evening Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.)

Here Is Your Son. . . Here Is Your Mother

“Mary will from this moment on step back as his mother and uniquely reflect the im­age of the community that remains behind on earth. The disciple whom Jesus loves no less significantly repres­ents those whom Je­sus has bound to himself from the beginning to be his witnesses and to continue his work on earth. . . . It is in this light that we must view Jesus’ final statements to these two and the words with which the Evangelist concludes this passage: ‘And from that hour the dis­ciple took her into his own home.’ This is not merely a historical note pertaining to Mary’s place of residence after Jesus’ death but a sal­vation-historical reference—in the man­ner of the Fourth Gospel—to the new ‘family of God’ that from that hour took form as a result of Jesus’ final testamentary disposition.”
(Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theological Com­mentary, pp. 613-614.)

Wednesday evening Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC, focuses on John 19.


A Sign for the King

inri2c“So his [Pilate’s] last word, brief and to the point, was ‘What I have written I have written.’ Having said that he left them with their ‘king.’ In this remarkable detail, which occurs only in John, we see the con­tinuation of the line that runs through the entire trial before Pilate: he still can still not exercise any power other than what has been ‘given from above’ (vs. 11). What he was unwilling to undo—let the crucified Jesus of Nazareth be identified as the Messiah, the king of Israel—is, in fact, the pivotal issue in the en­tire passion narrative. And this is so in what follows, as Pilate and ‘the Jews’ recede into the background and the focus is shifted to the crucified Jesus himself.” (Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary, p. 607).