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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Today’s reading is Romans 3.

When we hear “pass over,” we most likely think of the time when God passed over the Israelites who had the blood of the lamb on their door posts when He destroyed the first born of Egypt. But there is another pass over that is even more important. Since the beginning of time, God has consistently passed over the sins of mankind. On rare occasions have we seen God break out in judgment against the sins of anyone (the flood, Nadab and Abihu, Uzzah, Ananias and Sapphira). Usually, God has allowed each of us to sin without immediate judgment. He has passed over our sins. Why? Because He wants to save us, not only being just in His judgment, but also being a justifier of those who have faith in Jesus. He has passed over in order to bring Jesus into the world and to bring the message of Jesus to us and to let us get the message of Jesus to others. Let’s get that message out to others as long as God passes over.

Monday’s reading is Romans 4.

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