Tag Archives: Lent

CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – THE PHARISEES

    The Pharisees came from a long line of religious tradition and strict adherence to the law of the God of Abraham.  Jesus spent much of His youth in their temples filling His mind with the writings, the laws … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – HEROD ANTIPAS

Having come from a long line of sociopaths, Herod Antipas relished in the shock and awe of his domain.  The more outlandish the behavior, the better. Like his father, Herod, the Great, he was much a chip off the old … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS FROM THE PASSION – BLIND BARTIMAEUS

Blindness in Jesus’ lifetime was quite common.  Actually blindness was a contagious disease carried by flies and the only way to avoid catching it was to stay away from those afflicted with it.    The hot desert sun would close … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – PILATE’S WIFE

She’s known  as Claudia Procula and had a bit part in the Passion Story.  She had a disturbing dream regarding the accused blasphemer and self-professed King of the Jews.  It was real enough in her mind to go to her husband and  plead for … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – ANNAS

  At the time of Jesus’ unjust arrest, Annas was no longer the acting high priest of Judaea.  He had originally been appointed by Quirinius for the position, when the Romans took over rule of the Jews.  He served  for ten … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – BARABBAS

It was another time, another place, but much like our world today.  Rome had invaded Judaea and Jerusalem had become nearly unrecognizable.  Some of the change was good.  There were new roads, grand buildings, protection from a mighty army.  Being the … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – ROMAN CENTURION

He was a man around the same age as the one hanging on the center cross.  This soldier was a leader of men.  He’d come by his position through the ranks, after several years serving in the military.  The requirements to become an … Continue reading

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OPEN MY EARS

CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – MALCHUS There are many minor characters in the Passion story, but each of them carries a remarkable lesson in their experience with Jesus.  One of them was a servant of the high priest Caiaphas, named … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – PETER’S MOTHER IN LAW

“And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.”   Matthew 8:14 Jesus had chosen Peter to be His first disciple and obviously had a special connection with him – so much so, that He … Continue reading

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CHARACTERS OF THE PASSION – PETER

Early each morning, this man would rise before the sun to prepare for his daily work; nothing unusual for any man living in the area.  He was one of many who made their living from the sea.  Many times he’d fish through … Continue reading

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