Archive for the ‘Crucifixion’ Category

Most scholars agree that Jesus was executed by crucifixion on the authority of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem

February 26, 2012

Most scholars agree that Jesus was executed by crucifixion on the authority of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem.

Robert Funk, Honest to Jesus (San Fransisco, HarperCollins, 1996), p. 221

The importance of this quote is that Funk is very sceptical about the reliability of the gospels and thwe New Testament as history. However, even he admits that Jesus existed and died by crucifixion. To deny this would be to employ a scepticism to all history that would make almost nothing knowable.

Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be

February 18, 2012

Jesus’ death by crucifixion under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be. For if no follower of Jesus had written anything for one hundred years after his crucifixition, we would still know about him from two authors not among his supporters. Their names are Flavius Josephus and Cornelius Tacitus.

John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, p. 145. Crossan, far from being a conservative Christian, denies the historical reliabilityof mjuch of the New Testament. Yet even he accepts the historical reality of Jesus’ crucifixion.

But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,

October 3, 2008

Shortly after the butchery of the First World War, Edward Shillito captured these thoughts in his poem, Jesus of the Scars: 

If we have never sought, we seek Thee now:
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow,
We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars.

The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim Thy grace.

If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine;
We know to-day what wounds are, have no fear,
Show us Thy Scars, we know the countersign.

The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.