One of the Gospel of John’s continuing themes is the weaving of the first three chapters of Genesis with the telling of Christ’s story. Because of this, I have woven more overtly those chapters with these crucifixions scenes. Continue reading Gospel of John: First Sight
After John’s chiasm come seven vignettes that describe the crucifixion of Christ. This is the segue. Continue reading Gospel of John: A Street Called Straight
Justice was the bedrock upon which Pax Romana was built. Pilate felt had done all he could to free this righteous and just man, standing on Gabbatha waiting with tranquil dignity for his judgement. Pilate could do no more. Continue reading Gospel of John: We Have No King
The chiasm outlined by Jo-Ann A. Brant has a classic seven-point structure. A Exterior: John 18:29-32, Jesus is brought to Pilate with a demand for execution; Pilate refuses B Interior: John 18:33-38, Pilate asks about Jesus’s royal claim … Continue reading Gospel of John: Hail Caesar
John notes when Pilate heard -why- the temple officials wanted to put Jesus to death, he was “far more afraid.” Continue reading Gospel of John: Where Are You From?
I am completely without fault and guiltless from this one’s blood. Take heed, all of you! Continue reading Gospel of John: Crucify!
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
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
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