Saturday, March 28, 2015

Truly the Son of God

Mark Horne points out that Jesus' death in Mark 15:37-39 echos Jesus' baptism in Mark 1:10-11. This is not surprising as baptism is a picture of death. In both cases we find Jesus the sinless one in the place of the guilty. The verbal similarities are striking: heaven / the curtain torn open, Spirit / breath, Son. In both cases there is a voice. At the baptism God the Father announced Jesus as his beloved Son. At the cross the gentile centurion confesses Jesus as the Son of God. Here is the appropriate human response to divine revelation.

See The Victory According to Mark: An Exposition of the Second Gospel (Canon Press, 2003) p183

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