Last week, we walked on holy ground. We explored the climax of redemptive history. Jesus hung between heaven and earth, shed his blood for us and then gave up his life as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
“It is finished” was Jesus last cry. Jesus death finished God the Father’s work of redemption and everything is now new, altered, transformed.
We left off last week at the moment Jesus lays down his life. At this point in the story all the other Gospel writers describe the darkness, the earthquakes, the fear in the crowds, the rending of the Temple curtain and the reaction of creation to the death of Christ.
Not John. We are still very close to Jesus... and instead of allowing us a few moments to mourn the death of Jesus... In John, the action of the story picks up. We begin in John 19:31.