Sunday, March 14, 2010

It Is Finished

Gary points out that John starts his Passion narrative (13:1) with
Now, before the feast of the Passover,
when Jesus knew that His hour had come
that He should depart from this world to the Father,
having loved His own who were in the world,
He loved them to the end.

He also points out that it is John (and none of the other gospel writers) who reports that Jesus said on the cross,
It is finished.

John tells the story in such a way that the same word from Jesus' mouth begins and ends the Passion. This is not merely that Jesus loved His own until the end of time, but He loved them all the way to the "It is finished."

(End and finished are the same word in Greek.)

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