Caiaphas waited expectantly. He had been forceful in his insistence that Jesus was an agitator, inciting trouble all over Judea, having started his insurgency in the northernmost reaches of Jewish territory and bringing subversion all the way down to Jerusalem. Continue reading Gospel of John: He is a Galilean
Jesus’s spiritual kingdom of truth apparently had borders that extended far beyond Judea and even Rome. His kingdom had no borders, because every person who wanted to know the truth would listen to Jesus and become a citizen in his kingdom. Continue reading Gospel of John: What is Truth?
God had prepared a day of reckoning that Pilate had no idea was coming. For him it was just another Friday. But he was instead going to experience the greatest crisis of his life, coerced into making a life-or-death decision of incalculable proportion and consequence. Continue reading Gospel of John: Pilate’s Palace
If God did not judge sin it would mean that God was indifferent to the existence of right and wrong, good and evil. But the Lord is not indifferent. God’s wrath, grief, and intense pain over sin is the necessary and only right response. Continue reading Gospel of John: Lamb of God Judged
We don’t often talk about the story of Puah and Shiphrah, though their story is one of courage and mettle, standing together against forces of evil seeking to destroy a nation. (a twenty minute tale) Continue reading Puah and Shiphrah
The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi son of Gedaliah son of Amariah son of Hezekiah, in the days of King Josiah son of Amon of Judah. Zephaniah 1:1 (NRSV) Continue reading Minor Prophets: Book of Zephaniah
As John suffered the trauma of witnessing, as Jesus endured the ordeal of his hour and the Father’s cup, as Peter wept bitterly, Judas also underwent internal agony. Matthew alone would tell his story. Continue reading Gospel of John: Private Agony
“And you all will see the Son of Humanity sitting at the right side of the Almighty, then coming with the clouds of heaven.” Continue reading Gospel of John: Blasphemy!
This is commentary written in story form, in an experiment mixing narrative criticism in a creative nonfiction writing style. Continue reading Gospel of John: Annas and Caiaphas
Before diving into the events of Jesus’s trials, it makes sense to review the adjudicators, timeline, and setting, Continue reading Gospel of John: Pretrial