Useless (youngwilliam) wrote,

Jesus can Swing. Jesus got Skills.

So in the Gospel according to Mark:

29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.

36 And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

Something that struck me the other day (when liatarded was talking about Nick Cave talking about the Book of Mark), I really never thought about what was up with Jesus' last words according to Mark -- what -is- the general theological interpretation of it?

I can see two ways it could go.
1) Even though it was all preordained, Mark's Jesus didn't get the memo. If I recall, other Gospels have him knowing full well what was going to happen, though. I'll have to check back around Gethsemane and all to see if Mark's version of that has Jesus dropping any hints. In this interpretation, Jesus is actually honestly confused and distraught over the fact that no bolt out of the blue is saving him from dying, from his misery, etc..

2) Jesus -did- get the memo, but is (for lack of a better term) a shill. Much like when a snake-oil tonic show has someone planted in the audience to come up on stage, act wobbly and weak, take the tonic, and.. POOF! ..he's super strong! Which is a pretty good way to get the message across, but I could see a number of theologians not caring for the idea of Jesus effectively being the guy who walks away from a game of Three-Card Monty saying, "I just won eleventy-million dollars!" in order to reel other folks in.

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