By Mollie Thompson
John 19: 36, "These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” (NIV)
Have you ever wondered what the big deal was about none of Jesus’ bones being broken when He died on the cross? Well, yes, there’s the prophecy in Exodus 12:46 that says none of the bones of the Passover lamb were to be broken. But have you ever wondered why? This sent me on a quest to find out why. I searched through reference books. I asked any pastor or person I thought might know. I even went to the Open Door and asked them. They told me to feel free to look through all the books they had, and let them know what I found. I couldn’t find anything. I kept seeking the Lord, only by now He would probably call it hounding.
One day my mind was wandering and I was following it. I remembered as a child riding down the road with my father in his pickup. We went by this house we passed often. It was always vacant and I never could figure out why. It looked perfectly good to me. So I finally asked my father about it. He told me the frame of the house was broken, and when that happens the house is condemned.
All of a sudden I got it! If any of the bones of Jesus’ body were broken he would have been condemned. But there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus – not for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. If any of his bones would have been broken there would have been a break in his blood flow. The blood is made in the marrow of the bones. We are made pure by the blood of the lamb. He is perfect in every way and never did that change.
Now get this. Think about a time when you felt embarrassed, ashamed, guilty, or just really low because of something you did that was wrong. Remember how heavy that weight pulls you down? Now multiply that by every time you felt that way or should have felt that way during your whole life. Now multiply that by all the people that have lived, are living, and have yet to live. Try imagining how heavy that would be. I can’t even begin to fathom it. Jesus took all that weight on himself AND HE DID NOT BREAK!!! Is that not amazing?!! (Yes, it is.)
Jesus took all the shame and pain and guilt and blame that I so justly deserved on himself just so I could be set free. It is for freedom we have been set free. And what must I do to get this grace? All I have to do is believe and receive him as a child would. All I have to do is believe he is the son of God and receive him as my Lord and Savior. Then it is my purpose to work out that salvation with fear and trembling, and to become all God created me to be. What a deal!
Father God, in the name of Jesus, please help us not make a mockery of the price you paid on the cross for us to be set free. Help us take advantage of all you bought and paid for us there.
Application: Are you feeling shame, guilt, despair? Jesus paid the price for us to be released from the weight of our sins. We have only to turn to him and ask forgiveness, believe that we have received it, and then to walk in that forgiveness. It is also ours to extend that forgiveness to others, but it’s kind of hard to do until we fully accept and receive it for ourselves first. That takes an incredible amount of humility to admit our guilt and shame to ourselves or to another.
I once took God through the Bible for a day and a half telling him just why I didn’t need to share any of my stuff with another person. When I paused, he seemed to be asking me if I was done. Being in a snotty state of mind, I answered him, “Yeah, for now.” Then James 5: 16 popped in my mind so I looked it up. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Erg!!!
I continued on in counseling spilling my guts with stuff I had even hidden from myself. I must say I am much freer today than I’ve ever been. I also have much more understanding and grace towards others than I have ever had. Have I arrived yet? Is there such a thing this side of Heaven? All I can say is the joy I feel is more unspeakable and full of glory in Christ Jesus. I have more peace than I’ve ever had.
Power Verses (NIV):
John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
John 6: 29, “Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
John 8:11, “’Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”