John 19:37 – He Who Was Pierced

jesus side piercedby John Ellis

 And again another Scripture says, ‘They will look on him whom they have pierced.’” John 19:37

Note: this is the slightly edited text (edited for readers instead of listeners) of my Good Friday sermon.

Visual images are arresting. Several years ago, while driving through Glenwood Canyon in Colorado, the beauty of my surroundings, the intricately carved rock walls decorated with a variety of colors soaring above me, forced me to pull over off of I70 and almost breathlessly soak in the scenery. Conversely, visual images can also provoke emotional responses that fill us with dread, horror, or disgust. Those who have visited the Holocaust Museum in DC often attest to how the museum’s striking images carved a hole in their soul. And the Apostle John’s account of the crucifixion of Jesus speaks to the power of images – both visual imagery and images created by words.

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