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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

     ”Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he was wont to do for them. And he answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, ‘Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?’ And they cried out again, ‘Crucify him.’ And Pilate said to them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him.’ So Pilate, wishing t...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

     “But take heed to yourselves/watch yourselves (βλέπετε…ἑαυτούς); for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who has patience (ὑπομείνας) to the end will be saved.” (Mk 13: 9-13)

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Friday, January 22, 2016

 

And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘and he was numbered among transgressors.’ (Is 53:12) Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!’” (Mk 15: 27-30)

 

So Jesus died as He lived, “among transgressors.” That is to say, among us. But the line between those truly “with Him” and those “not with Him” is not drawn in terms of “righteousness” and “sinfulness.” No. The difference between those truly with Him and those not with Him lies in self-perception. There are “transgressors” in this picture who feel entitled and self-righteous, like the passers-by who “derided Him,” together...

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