Tag Archives: Jesus

Jesus’ Death: Weekly Summary

Jesus’ Death Summary: Sunday, April 14—Friday, April 19, 2019 Holy Saturday The image of the scapegoat powerfully mirrors and reveals the universal, but largely unconscious, human need to transfer our guilt onto something (or someone) else by singling that other out for unmerited negative treatment. (Sunday) Jesus takes away the sin of the world by… Continue Reading Jesus’ Death: Weekly Summary

Jesus’ Passion

Jesus’ Death Jesus’ Passion Friday, April 19, 2019 Good Friday Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan continue reflecting on the meaning of Jesus’ death: Jesus was not simply an unfortunate victim of a domination system’s brutality. He was also a protagonist filled with passion. His passion, his message, was about the kingdom of God. He… Continue Reading Jesus’ Passion

Layered Meanings

Jesus’ Death Layered Meanings Thursday, April 18, 2019 Holy Thursday Two theologians I deeply respect, Marcus Borg (1942-2015) and John Dominic Crossan (b. 1934), offer important historical and symbolic context for the crucifixion. The theory of “penal substitutionary atonement” only became dominant in recent centuries. [1] Over the next two days, consider their advanced perspective… Continue Reading Layered Meanings

Doing the Victim Thing Right

Jesus’ Death Doing the Victim Thing Right Tuesday, April 16, 2019 The deep-time message of Jesus’ death is presented through a confluence of three healing images from his own Hebrew Scriptures: the scapegoat whom we talked about on Sunday; the Passover lamb which is the innocent victim (Exodus 12); the “Lifted-Up One” or the homeopathic… Continue Reading Doing the Victim Thing Right

Savior of the World

Jesus’ Death Savior of the World Monday, April 15, 2019 Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. —1 Corinthians 15:57 How does Jesus the victim transform us? How does the lamb of God “take away” our sin (John 1:29), to use the common metaphor? How does Jesus “overcome… Continue Reading Savior of the World

The Scapegoat

Jesus’ Death The Scapegoat Sunday, April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday The ingenious Hebrew ritual from which the word “scapegoat” originated is described in Leviticus 16. On the Day of Atonement, a priest laid hands on an “escaping” goat, placing all the sins of the Jewish people from the previous year onto the animal. The goat… Continue Reading The Scapegoat

Christ Means “Anointed”: Weekly Summary

Christ Means “Anointed” Summary: Sunday, April 7—Friday, April 12, 2019 This entire world is soaked through and through with Christ, with divinity, like an electron planted in every atom. (Sunday) The word we translate from the Greek as “Christ” comes from the Hebrew word mesach, meaning “the anointed” one or Messiah. Christ reveals that all… Continue Reading Christ Means “Anointed”: Weekly Summary

Dying and Rising

Christ Means “Anointed” Dying and Rising Friday, April 12, 2019 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came to the sepulcher at the rising… Continue Reading Dying and Rising

Anointing and Anointed

Christ Means “Anointed” Anointing and Anointed Thursday, April 11, 2019 Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at the table. Mary brought in a pound of very… Continue Reading Anointing and Anointed

Anointing with Love

Christ Means “Anointed” Anointing with Love Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault has spent years studying Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ closest apostles, often conflated with a prostitute. Cynthia reclaims Magdalene’s significance as Jesus’ beloved companion and a model of authentic love. Christ is not Jesus’s last name—an obvious but so-often overlooked truism. It means… Continue Reading Anointing with Love

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