"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 19:31-42 Commentary
by Thomas B. Slater
The references to the day of Preparation and the Sabbath connoted the holiness of these days on the Jewish calendar.
It was imperative that this business be completed so that the bodies of the dead might not condemn the land (Deuteronomy 21:22-23). However, for the fourth evangelist the parallels with the Passover Lamb are irresistible. Jesus becomes the new Passover Lamb and so removes the sins of the world. While the original Passover Lamb led to the liberation of a people from bondage, the new Passover Lamb liberates the world from sin.
We have here competing forms of piety and both types of piety are zealous. On the one hand, there is the piety of tradition, the respect and the love for the old. Often it is not piety at all but comfort and fear of change. This piety places its deity in a box. There are no surprises. The second opens itself up to revelation, to God acting in a new way for a new day. This form of piety expects change; it embraces change. It is not that one is correct and one is incorrect. Knowing when one is appropriate and one is not constitutes the real problem. When our concern ...
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Narrative Lectionary 127: Passover Lamb
April 18, 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 18, 2014: John 19:31-42. Accompanying reading: Psalm 31:9-18.