“Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of them pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water … Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away” (John 19:31-34, 38)
References in the Meditation to Psalm 34:20; Isaiah 53:8; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 12:48,49; 27:57,58; Mark 15:40-45; Luke 2:25-38; 23:50-54; John 3:5; 15:5,13; 17:23; 19:25-40; Hebrews 1:3 1 John 5:6-8.