Today’s Scripture: John 19:31-37
John 19:31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (NASB)
The Sabbath was just a few hours away. It was almost time to go to the synagogue or the temple to worship. They needed to project the image of purity and holiness. This would be hard to do it Jesus and the others were still alive and hanging on the crosses. Everybody would be able to see their handiwork – the work of their dishonesty and manipulation. But if they bodies were removed, then they could act as if nothing has happened. They could put on their religious garments and their best religious faces.
Before we get too critical of the Jewish leaders, let’s take a hard look at ourselves. Too many people who claim to be followers of Christ live all week with a total disregard for God’s principles and precepts. Sunday comes and they put on their religious garments and their best religious faces. They try to fool others and convince themselves that they are doing just fine in their walk with God. Often they mistake lack of “discipline” as tacit approval of their behavior. What they fail to see is that the issue may not be the discipline that is not happening, but the blessings they are missing.