John 19:33 ” But when they came to Jesus and found that He was dead already…”

The Roman soldiers were surprised to find Jesus dead, but not nearly as dumbfounded as His disciples. All their hopes and dreams of finally overthrowing the harsh Roman rule were now, before their eyes, reduced to a corpse hanging on a cross. Their minds reeled with one question…What kind of King dies in order to establish His Kingdom? But the kingdom they thought Jesus was ushering in was no where near what He was actually speaking of. They imagined war horses, drawn swords, and liberation from the grip of the Roman Empire…instead they got Jesus, gentle and lowly, riding on a donkey into Jerusalem…not freeing them from Roman rule but rather freeing their souls from eternal damnation. What kind of King dies for His Kingdom to come? Only Jesus Christ…Who died and rose again to deliver, redeem, and offer the hope of salvation to all who turn to Him.

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