We accept the resurrection as attested to by not only these eye witnesses, but the hundreds of others who also saw Jesus and interacted with him in the month following his resurrection. Continue reading Gospel of John: Weighing the Evidence
Swoon theories are like urban myths. When examined, the actual facts disprove the myth, but the myth keeps getting repeated. So, the writers of the gospels—and especially John—were careful to document the reality of Jesus’ physical death and his physical resurrection. Continue reading Gospel of John: Witness to Death
John must have been there to hear everything Jesus said, and those words must have sunk deep into John’s soul. Over the centuries, these words were gathered lovingly by the church to become the Seven Sayings of the Cross. Continue reading Gospel of John: The Sayings of Christ
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
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?
The inward movement of John’s chiasm reached its climax in this shedding of the Lamb’s blood. Now would come the process by which the innocent Lamb of God would be offered up to die and become accursed, hanging on a “tree.” Continue reading Gospel of John: Son of God
The entire company was kneeling, hailing Christ as King in an eerie prophecy of what will one day be fulfilled at the end of time. Continue reading Gospel of John: Scourge and Scorn
I am completely without fault and guiltless from this one’s blood. Take heed, all of you! Continue reading Gospel of John: Crucify!