Getting to John is always such a relief for my NT students.
At long last, they are in the presence of a Jesus who clearly knows everything that is happening and will happen–and not only knows, but is in total control of it.
Here, at last, is the Jesus in the garden who doesn’t need to put on a show for the rest of us like he’s really troubled to the point of death. “What shall I say? Take me from this hour? I don’t think so!” “Peter, how about you put that sword away? I have a cup from the Father to drink here!” “So, you guys have come out for me, huh? Well then, behold! These are not the droids… er… disciples you’re looking for!” [“These are not the droids we’re looking for.”] “They can move along.” [“Move along.”]
Here is the Jesus who kindly leaves that confusing business of the Kingdom of God out of it.
Here at last is the Jesus who gets killed because everyone is so jealous that he’s really cool and has so many followers.
Oh, wait. What I mean is: here is the Jesus who isn’t even really killed, but gives up his own spirit when he realizes he has done everything that needed doing.
Here at last is the Jesus whose whole point is to get you to believe that all this stuff he’s doing shows you that he is son of God come from God. Here at last the conclusion is “Look! Only God can do that!”
Today, for one day, let us celebrate John’s Jesus. Our Jesus.
Because tomorrow we shall be examined on the other one, too…