"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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John 18:12-27 Commentary
by Craig A. Satterlee
In the garden, Jesus allows the Roman soldiers and temple police to arrest him (verse 12).
The troops bring Jesus to the house of Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest (verse 13). In a wonderful twist of irony the narrator recalls Caiaphas’ words -- “You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed” (11:50) -- to express the purpose of Jesus’ death -- Jesus will gather the scattered children of God to God’s very self. A marvelous thread begins. The very ones who condemn Jesus unknowingly proclaim him.
Peter and another disciple follow Jesus and gain access to the court of the high priest along with Jesus (verse 15). What unfolds is reminiscent of a television drama in which the police hold a suspect in Interrogation Room A and his accomplice in Interrogation Room B. The scene shifts between the two interrogation rooms, one in the high priest’s house and the other in the courtyard. The tension builds as we wait to see who will be the first to succumb to ...
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Narrative Lectionary 122: Footwashing
March 23, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the text for March 23, 2014: John 18:12-27. Accompanying reading: Psalm 17:1-7.