This Sunday I was reading the Bible, Matthew 24:1-Matthew 24:51, about Jesus sitting on the Mountain of Olives, the disciples came to him privately and asking him about when and the sign of the Christ coming. I remember in spring of 2004 I went to the movies at theater in Taipei City, The Passion of the Christ, starring Mel Gibson, it was about the story of Jesus Christ. Just like the Bible scripture text says, Matthew 24:49, “and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards,” the prison keeper and the Roman soldiers beat Jesus very hard, and then Jesus carried his cross himself to the mountain where he was crucified. When Jesus’s brothers all went away with his words in Matthew 22:21, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s,” and his reply to the Sadducee’s who say there is no resurrection, about marriage at the resurrection in Matthew 22:23, he was telling the Roman soldiers that the prison keeper who had beaten him was killed and the relatives of the prison keeper just came to see him and asked him questions. We can find this in Matthew 24:51, “He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Jesus was supposed to be weak and have loose bowels, and the Roman soldiers seemed to have the same symptom. Jesus Christ said to the Roman soldiers that the cause of loose bowels diseases was because the cup and dish they were eating were not clean, Matthew 23:25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” Matthew 23:26, “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”
When Jesus Christ’s brothers were all left, and in the mountain of Golgotha mentioned in Matthew 27:33, it began to rain. The Roman soldiers could not find any of Jesus’s brothers to release him from the cross and carry the cross back. Therefore the Roman soldiers pricked into the abdomen of Jesus with a spear and Jesus Christ “gave up his spirit”, Matthew 27:50.
DB, November 26, 2012