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John 19:18–22 - The King outside the Camp
In John’s description of the Crucifixion of Jesus we are told that He was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem. This calls to mind the idea of the Old Testament picture of the Scapegoat being taken outside the camp as a symbolic removal of sin for Israel.
In dying outside Zion Jesus is the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement. He dies outside the camp, in the midst of sinners among the God forsaken, as one God forsaken.
The inscription that Pilate places over the Cross testified that Jesus is the King of the Jews, the longed for Messiah, even if Israel could not see it at that moment. Jesus is the King who died a slaves death, in order to save us from the judgment of God against all sin. In doing so He perfectly displays and reveals the love of God for those outside the camp, the sinner, the God forsaken, the lost.
"The main tasks of the Holy Spirit" - John 16+Acts 2
Michael Grant spoke to us on the two main bible texts on the Holy Spirit - first when Jesus himself explained to his disciples why he would be sent into this world and secondly, on Pentecost, when Peter also details the purpose of this event. In short, here are the main tasks of the Holy Spirit:
1. To bring people to salvation through Jesus Christ - to convict them of their sin,
2. To enable us to study and understand the Word of God whose main topic is the Lord Jesus,
3. To glorify the person and name of Jesus Christ.
So he centers everything on the Lord Jesus Christ and wants to deflect any attention away from himself onto the Son of God. Are you willing to let him fulfill these tasks also in your life?
Jesus in John 16:13+14: - "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you."