Not a Bone was Broken

Today’s reading is Psalm 34.

Did you see Jesus at the end of this psalm?

He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Psalm 34:20

In John 19:36, we learn Jesus died relatively quickly on the cross. This kept the soldiers from breaking His legs. John says that was to fulfill the Scripture that says, “Not one of his bones will be broken” (ESV).

Certainly, this is part of Jesus fulfilling the Passover sacrifice (see Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12). Yet, Jesus is fulfilling our psalm as well.

Now, I know that sounds odd based on where we started the week. We explained that this psalm is David’s meditation on a moment when he stumbled and fell, but God delivered him anyway. Jesus didn’t stumble and fall. Why would we ever say this psalm is about Him? Good question.

The answer is very simply this. Even though David stumbled and fell, he learned how he was actually supposed to act. He used the experience to turn around and teach the coming generations how they were supposed to live. What did Jesus do? He lived that way. Where David failed, Jesus succeeded.

Jesus lived in fear of God and in wisdom. Jesus lived without deceit and without evil. Jesus sought peace and pursued it. Jesus took refuge in the Father. He committed His spirit into the hands of God. He faced many afflictions, but the Lord delivered Him from them all. And very specifically, despite all His afflictions, not a bone was broken. And because He succeeded, even though He died under Rome’s condemnation, His life was redeemed from the grave because of God’s approval and power. He was condemned by Pilate to die on the cross; He was justified (declared innocent) by God through the resurrection.

From David who failed and from Jesus who succeeded, we learn the same lesson. Trust the Lord. Take refuge in Him. Do what He says. It will be worth it in the end.

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 35.


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Devout, but Lost

Today’s reading is Acts 10.

Consider the kind of man Cornelius was. He was a devout man who feared God. He was a generous man. And he prayed continually. This description sounds like a man who is living by the two greatest commandments: he loves God, and he loves his neighbor. Most folks think we become Christians in order to become a person just like Cornelius. And yet, Cornelius and his entire household still needed something. They still need the gospel. They still need a Savior. Why? Because we aren’t saved by being good enough. We are saved by Jesus Christ. I get it. You are a good person. You’ve done the best you can. You try to always do what is right, to respect God and to love other people. You know a lot of people who are much worse sinners than you. But remember Cornelius. He was a good man. He was even a religious man. But he was a lost man. Please, don’t rest on your devotion. Don’t rest on your praying. Don’t rest on how nice you are to other people. There is only one place to rest: in Jesus Christ. If we can help you learn more about Jesus Christ, let us know in the comments below.

Tomorrow’s reading is Acts 10.

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