"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Jesus' Last Words
John 12:12-27; 19:16b-22 Commentary
by Craig A. Satterlee
The crowds have been trying to make Jesus their king for a long while now.
The crowds by the side of the lake started it all. When that crowd saw the sign that Jesus had done -- feeding five thousand people with five barley loaves and two fish -- they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”
This word spread as the crowd’s enthusiasm for Jesus grew. They decided to coronate him on the spot, and Jesus knew it. “When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself” (John 6:14-15). The crowd wanted to make Jesus their kind of king, and Jesus wanted no part of it.
In our reading, the crowd up from the country to purify themselves for the Passover festival has the same idea. They want to make Jesus their kind of king. The crowd hears that Jesus is coming into Jerusalem. And they are sporting for a fight. “The chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should let them know, so ...
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Narrative Lectionary 125: King, Crucified
April 13, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Cameron Howard for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 4 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the text for April 13, 2014: John 12:12-27; 19:16b-22. Accompanying reading: Psalm 24.