J O H N.
Though in the history hitherto this evangelist
seems industriously to have declined the recording of such passages
as had been related by the other evangelists, yet, when he comes to
the sufferings and death of Christ, instead of passing them over,
as one ashamed of his Master's chain and cross, and looking upon
them as the blemishes of his story, he repeats what had been before
related, with considerable enlargements, as one that desired to
know nothing but Christ and him crucified, to glory in nothing save
in the cross of Christ. In the story of this chapter we have, I. he
remainder of Christ's trial before Pilate, which was tumultuous and
confused, ver. 1-15. II.
Sentence given, and execution done upon it, ver. 16-18. III. The title over his head,
ver. 19-22. IV. The
parting of his garment, ver. 23,
24. V. The care he took of his mother, ver. 25-27. VI. The giving him
vinegar to drink, ver. 28,
29. VII. His dying word, ver. 30. VIII. The piercing of his side,
ver. 31-37. IX. The
burial of his body, ver.
38-42. O that in meditating on these things we may
experimentally know the power of Christ's death, and the fellowship
of his sufferings!