Chapter 5 General Question - My Peace I Give to You

Here's the first question for our discussion of the crucifixion and death of Jesus in John 19:
"What about this Chapter of John's Gospel and Kevin Perotta's commentary stood out to you, struck you as important for you right now, or was mysterious and needs some explanation?" 
Respond by adding a comment below!!
Then move on to the four questions for careful reading!!


  • Betty CatelliPosted on 3/28/20

    I was struck by Pilate's, "What I have written, I have written." He was too weak to stand up to the crowd and release a man he believed to be innocent, but in the end he acknowledged Jesus' true nature. Did he really understand it? Was he just exasperated by the demands of the Jewish leaders, so that he refused to go along with their favored wording? Was he inspired by God to write, "The king of the Jews?"

  • PattyPosted on 3/27/20

    I was struck by Kevin Perrotta’s insights and how many of the events in John’s gospel are foretold and linked to the Old Testament. In particular is the symbolism of the water and blood that came out of Jesus’ flesh when the soldier stabs Jesus. I was unaware that this water flowing from Jesus symbolizes the Spirit that will come to us after His resurrection. Jesus was our Perfect sacrifice and God provided for us with His Spirit after Jesus returned to the Father.

  • Erica McKenziePosted on 3/25/20

    I didn’t put the connection together between Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son and God doing the same. It seems very obvious now but they struck me as an interesting and meaningful connection.

    I was also moved by imagining Mary watching her son die and how difficult that must have been for her in that moment and how much comfort she must have received from Jesus reaching out in those moments to provide for her.

  • Deacon MichaelPosted on 3/24/20

    I was struck by the many bread crumbs along the way that tie this Gospel account to the Jewish faith of the primary audience the seamless tunic, the hyssop stick, no “broken bones” and the linking of the hours of Jesus death to the hour of the sacrificial slaughter of the Passover lambs in the Temple not far away. So in many ways this “youngest” of all the Gospels in the NT is in many ways the most “Jewish” of them all.

    Also what is moving for me is the link that this account may have for the original relationship of this Gospel to the ‘beloved disciple” to whom Jesus dedicates the care of his own mother. So this disciple and Mary are associated with the origins of this Gospel’s interpretive theology rooted in the “handed down” perspective on the meaning of these events rooted in those two sets of eyes. Something to contemplate..

  • Krystyna WardPosted on 3/24/20

    I admire the women, three with the same name, Mary, who didn't run away but stood under the cross. Likewise, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, conquered their fear and asked Pilate for Jesus' body.

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