Jesus is saviour: what does it mean? 9 April 2017

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How explain that ‘Jesus saves’?

The royal note is struck by the triumphal entry and is strongly underlined in the trial scene between Pilate and Jesus (Mt 27:11-26), in the scene of the mocking by the Roman soldiers (Mt 27:27-31), in the title on the cross (Mt 27:37), and in the mockery by the bystanders. (Mt 27:42)

On the other hand, the humiliation of Jesus is most emphasized by the cry from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46)

Of all the words attributed to Jesus on the cross in all four Gospels, this has the highest claim to authenticity. It is preserved in the oldest tradition (Mark-Matthew)…

Mark’s Gospel gives the cry in Aramaic: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?

The cry certainly expresses the meaning of the Cross more profoundly than anything else in the passion narrative…

The word from the cross gives Jesus’ death its theological meaning. His death is not just the ordinary dying of any person, a biological event — it is Jesus, not against God but for God, enduring the most bitter consequences of sin. Only by this identification does Jesus liberate from sin and death, both understood, as here, in their theological sense.

The cry is not only one of the words from the cross — it is the word of the cross, the interpretive word that gives the cross its whole meaning as redemptive event. Reginald Fuller. Read the complete comment: LINK

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