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
I am completely without fault and guiltless from this one’s blood. Take heed, all of you! Continue reading Gospel of John: Crucify!
Though John did not write about the interlude in Herod’s court, I am convinced he would have been there. Of course, the story could also have come from Joanna and her husband, Herod’s steward Chuza . . . Continue reading Gospel of John: Herod’s Court
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?
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
“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
Faced with the same evidence, some were moved to belief, and some were hardened in unbelief. And yet God’s purpose for Messiah still advanced. Even with free will, no person can alter God’s divine plan. As one commentator put it, Nothing people can do will thwart or alter the sovereign will of God, and nothing God does ever sets aside the free choice of people. Continue reading Gospel of John: Emergency Council Meeting
This is a classic case of denial, insisting something is not so, because to accept that it is so would mean admitting personal responsibility, admitting that maybe something is wrong, maybe I need to change. Continue reading Gospel of John: The Ban