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Death From a "Broken Heart"

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Analyzing the facts of Jesus' physical death, the "blood and the water", and what it means to you.

Text: John 19:31-37
Date: 07/19/2020, the Combined service.
Series: "John: Encountering Love" Part 186

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Even after Jesus died and His Spirit left His corpse on the Cross, Scripture continued to be fulfilled and powerful principles continue to be revealed in John's narrative of the Crucifixion. In this study, we will consider specifically the facts surrounding Jesus' death, and in general the fact that Christianity is a religion based on verifiable historical facts and not "cleverly devised myths". Once we have established the nature of Christ's physical death, we will seek to determine what it means for us and how we should respond. For the blood and the water compels each one of us to grapple with the poignant fact that Jesus, under the curse of the Fall, and because of the agony and suffering of enduring the wrath of God on our account, literally died of a "broken heart".

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, John 19:31-37.
A. Context
1. Continuing to fulfill prophecy.
2. The reality of Jesus' death, Acts 2:23.
B. Explaining the blood and the water.
1. The consummate hypocrisy of the Jews, vs. 31.
a. The day of Preparation, John 13:1, 18:28,19:14.
b. The reason for the request, Deut. 21:22-23.
c. The brutality of the request.
d. The hypocrisy of the request.
2. The ugliness of "crurifragium", vs. 32-33.
3. The blood and the water, vs. 34.
a. "Jabbed" with a spear.
b. The extraordinary flow.
c. Introducing Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
d. The pericardium.
4. John's testimony of the facts, vs. 35.
a. An emphatic vow.
b. Believing that Jesus truly died.
i. The Docetic Heresy.
ii. The Swoon Theory.
5. The testimony of Scripture, vs. 36-37.
a. Another fulfillment, vs. 36a.
b. The Passover Lamb, vs. 36b, Ex. 12:46, Num 9:12, Psa. 34:20, 1Cor. 5:7, 1Pet. 1:19.
c. The One who was pierced, vs. 37, Zech. 12:10, Rev. 1:7.
III. Application
A. Christianity is a religion based on historical fact, 2Pet. 1:16.
1. The fact that Jesus is the Messiah.
a. The testimony of prophecy and typology.
b. The facts before us.
i. The unbroken legs.
ii. The pierced side.
2. The fact that Jesus was a man.
a. The fact of Jesus' humanity.
b. The fact that Jesus died on the Cross.
B. The significance of the "broken heart".
1. The nature of Jesus' death.
a. Death by a ruptured heart.
b. No ordinary man.
i. Blood in the Garden, Luke 22:44.
ii. The testimony of Scripture, Psa. 69:20,21.
2. The reason for the "broken" heart.
a. Why Jesus' heart ruptured.
b. The blood and the water, Psa. 22:1, Isa. 53:4-6,10.
IV. Conclusion

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