Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Son of God and the Cross

In an article on the Gospel of Mark (RTR 2005) I argued that Mark is an apology for the cross and that Mark wants his readers to believe that Jesus is the Son of God not despite the cross, but precisely because of it!

In support of that idea I found this interesting quote from a footnote in Scot McKnight's book on Jesus and His Death:

"From saying that Jesus was the Messiah despite the event of the cross they came to say that he was the Messiah in virtue of that event."
- W. Manson, Jesus the Messiah (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1943), 169.

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