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What is the Spear of Destiny?

Question: "What is the Spear of Destiny?"

The Spear of Destiny is the name given to the spear that was used to pierce Jesus after He was crucified on the cross. John 19:34 records, “…one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear…” Because of the contact between the spear and Jesus’ blood, all sorts of myths and legends have been attached to the spear. The legend goes that whomever possesses the “spear of destiny” has great power and authority – the ability to essentially control one’s own destiny. According to legend, the “spear of destiny” was rediscovered during the crusades, and has since passed from one powerful ruler to the next. This entire idea is completely unbiblical. The Bible never again refers the spear that pierced Jesus after the Roman soldier used it. The Bible nowhere even hints that the spear would have any power whatsoever. No object has any power to control destiny. That power is God’s alone.

Recommended Resources: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper.

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