(John 20:21 ESV) 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
The disciples were commissioned by Jesus to continue his mission. “Peace be with you” is not merely a polite greeting. Coming from the lips of Jesus, it’s a blessing and a promise of his protection. Continue reading →
(When it comes to the resurrection, no one can top Handel. The best I can tell, the vocal part is a song by Mary Magdalene, celebrating the good news she learns at the empty tomb.)
(John 20:1-4 ESV) Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.
Can you imagine how they felt? Surely, the disciples’ first reaction was the same as Mary’s — the grave’s been robbed! After the brutalization Jesus has suffered at the hands of the Romans, could they not at least leave his body alone?! Continue reading →
There are, of course, a number of errors in the way Tim Rice has Jesus respond to Pilate. The portrayal of Jesus is not satisfactory at all. Nonetheless, there are several elements of this scene I find compelling. Continue reading →
(John 19:19-22 ESV) 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
From John’s perspective, Pilate wrote the truth by calling Jesus the “King of the Jews.” From Pilate’s perspective, he was mocking a people he apparently despised. To the Jews, Pilate was actually giving credence to Jesus’ claim — making it appear that the Jews were committing regicide — killing their own king. And, of course, despite his cynicism, Pilate actually got this one right. Continue reading →