Thursday, March 5, 2009


Chris Sanford, a scholarly neighbor, pointed out how the events of the crucifixion echo, imitate, and perhaps parody the ritual by which a Roman emperor was installed. Pilate, the Roman governor, asks the mob about this "King of the Jews." What do they want to do with him?
Mar 15:12 Pilatus onlara tekrar seslenerek, "Öyleyse Yahudiler'in Kralı dediğiniz adamı ne yapayım?" diye sordu.
Mar 15:13 "O'nu çarmıha ger!" diye bağırdılar yine.
Mar 15:14 Pilatus onlara, "O ne kötülük yaptı ki?" dedi. Onlar ise daha yüksek sesle, "O'nu çarmıha ger!" diye bağrıştılar.
Mar 15:15 Halkı memnun etmek isteyen Pilatus, onlar için Barabba'yı salıverdi. İsa'yı ise kamçılattıktan sonra çarmıha gerilmek üzere askerlere teslim etti.
And that's what happened. As Peter explained to them a bit over 50 days later, they rejected the Lord of life, and begged for a murderer. History has proven this choice to be terribly short-sighted. As Napoleon later wrote,
I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."

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