Thursday, April 12, 2007

On Jesus' right and left

James and John come to Jesus [in Mark 10:37] and ask that they may sit, one at his right and the other on his left, when he comes in his kingdom…. For Mark, Jesus becomes King when he is crucified, publicly placarded as ‘King of the Jews’. And on his right and his left there hand two brigands, two insurrectionists [Mark 15:26-27]. No wonder Jesus told James and John they didn’t know what they were asking for.

N. T. Wright, Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship (London, SPCK, 1994) p35

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