Sermonette: Was Jesus Christ's Body Broken?
David C. Grabbe
Given 17-Nov-18; 19 minutes
John's account of Jesus' crucifixion contains two details not included in the synoptic Gospels: 1.) The episode which portrays Christ thirsting and 2.) the observation that none of His bones were broken (fulfilling Psalm 22:15 and Psalm 34:20). In view in both cases is God's watchfulness to ensure the fulfillment of prophecy. At Exodus 12:9, God instructs that the Passover sacrifice (a type of Christ's Own sacrifice) was to sustain no broken bones. The covenant Abraham made with God in Genesis 15:7, involving God's taking a maledictory oath and occurring on the exact date as the future crucifixion, shows God's avid commitment to the covenant its in every detail. As implied in the text "my body which is broken for you" (I Corinthians 11:24, KJV), where the word "broken" does not appear in the oldest and most reliable texts, Jesus' body was not broken. While some of the Passover symbols involve death, the Scriptures consistently liken the bread to His life (see John 6). Christ is the source of life.