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The Crucified Messiah (opt.: Triumphal Entry)
Jesus' Last Words
Jesus the Passover Lamb
John 12:12-27; 19:16b-22 Commentary
by Sherri Brown
Christian tradition has long identified Jesus’ willing acceptance of the mounting conspiracy against him as his “passion,” and John’s telling of these events spans John 18–19.
Further, Jesus’ suffering, even to the point of the sacrifice of his life, is foundational for understanding him as the Christ. And yet, in the Jewish tradition from which the Gospels arose, messiahs do not get crucified.
The expectations for a king like David who establishes a sovereign nation, or a prophet like Moses who brings about an eschatological in-breaking of God’s reign, do not allow for the scandal of capital execution as a criminal. Thus, the earliest Christians had to struggle with this fact both to make sense of their experience of Jesus, as well as to form their identity as a community of believers. The preservation and telling of this story must, therefore, have had its beginnings in the earliest development of the church. But if this is the story of a traditional messiah-king, it is the most stunning political failure in the history of the world. Something else must be going on.
Each evangelist gives his own theological perspective, but they present the same ...
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NL312: The Crucified Messiah
March 25, 2018
Podcast on John 12:12-27; 19:16b-22, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Mar. 25, 2018, featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Karoline Lewis. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.