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John: A Good Friday Reflection: The Apostle John shares some thoughts about Jesus
Posted by pastorjon, Mar 23, 2008. 2172 views. ID = 903

John: A Good Friday Reflection

Posted by pastorjon, Mar 23, 2008. 2172 views. ID = 903
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This is the first of five monologues written to explore the thoughts and feelings of Jesus' followers. The setting of the delivery is an imagined gathering of his followers sometime following his crucifixion and burial.
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This post is Part 1 of a writing series titled Good Friday Reflections: Jesus' Funeral.

I am John....the beloved. And I am as confused by this week as the rest of you. I'm not even sure I can explain all of what took place this week... On Sunday, Jesus was the new hero--welcomed into Jerusalem on a "red carpet" of cloaks and palm branches. The crowds, as though with one voice, shouted out words from Messianic prophecies--seeming to declare that Jesus was the Christ--the Messiah, come to save the world.

Could he be the Messiah? I thought so. I think so, even now. At least... I want to think so. But how could the Messiah die? How can he deliver us while he's lying in a tomb?

And yet, we watched him heal people. We heard him teach with authority--not the sort of authority that comes from another Rabbi, but the authority that comes from God. He showed us that authority on Monday when he drove out the merchants in the temple. That's the sort of thing that you might have expected from one of the ancient judges--like Samson, or Gideon. And then, last night, he washed our feet. But that didn't make him any less our Rabbi and Teacher--if anything, it only added to his authority. And then, he prophesied--just like one of the prophets of old--that one of us would betray him.

Who is he? A healer? A teacher? A judge? A prophet?

Surely, he could have stopped what happened last night and earlier today. Peter was ready to fight (well... I think we all were ready to fight... but Peter was just the first one to draw his sword). He'd escaped crowds before, I'm sure he could have gotten away. But he told Peter to put his sword away, and he willingly went with the soldiers. He could have calmed the crowds that cheered for his death--he'd spoken to them before, surely they would have listened. He could have used his great logic and rhetoric to escape the careful questions of the Sanhedrin, and Herod, and Pilate.... but he didn't. If he was really the Messiah, surely he could have called down angels from Heaven to take him off the cross... but he didn't.


Who is He? Could He be the Messiah? Could He be the Son of God?

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This post has been awarded 33 stars by 9 readers.
This post is Part 1 of a writing series titled Good Friday Reflections: Jesus' Funeral. The next part of this series can be found here: Martha: A Good Friday Reflection.

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Douglas
Mar 23, 2008
welcome to the site, pastorjon! I added this first piece in the series to the featured gallery, as a way of introducing you to the rest of the gang.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Mar 23, 2008



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