Last Words Of Jesus Are Focus Of Jon Meacham’s New Book ‘The Hope Of Glory’ | TODAY


>>>WELCOME BACK. AS THE SEASON OF LENT GETS UNDER WAY FOR BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD, PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JON MEACHAM IS TAKING A NEW LOOK AT THE FINAL MOMENTS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS. JON, GOOD MORNING. YOU’RE AN HISTORIAN. NOT A THEOL OGIAN, PASTOR, PREACHER.>>NO. I PRACTICE WITHOUT A LICENSE.>>YOU’RE A MAN OF DEEP FAITH YOURSELF. WHY DID YOU WANT TO WRITE THIS?>>I DID IT SORT OF AS A SERIES OF SERMONS FOR OUR CHURCH IN NEW YORK YEARS AGO. IF YOU GO BACK TO THE SCRIPTURES THEMSELVES, IF YOU TRY TO GO BACK AS BEST YOU CAN TO WHAT UNFOLDED IN REAL TIME AND THE STORY THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THOSE FIRST GENERATIONS, IT ACTUALLY DEEPENS MY FAITH AS OPPOSED TO WEAKENS IT.>>I WAS GOING TO SAY, BECAUSE AS AN HISTORIAN, YOU CAN’T TURN THAT OFF IN YOURSELF.>>NO.>>AND THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THINGS.>>BUT WE KNOW MORE ABOUT JESUS THAN WE KNOW ABOUT A LOT OF ANCIENT FIGURES. THE GOSPELS ARE NOT BIOGRAPHIES IN A CLASSIC SENSE. THEY WERE WRITTEN TO CONVINCE. THEY WERE WRITTEN TO CONVERT. BUT YOU LOOK AT IT AND IT’S REALLY THE LAST SERMON, AS IT HAS BEEN CALLED, FATHER FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO. AASSUREDLY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE. IT’S THIS MESSAGE, PARTICULARLY IN OUR TIME, OF MERCY AND LOVE AND DUTY.>>THEY ARE BUT THEY’RE NOT EASY.>>NO.>>THIS IS NOT AN EASY READ. I WAS LOOKING AT SOME OF THEM. SOME OF THEM WE REMEMBER WHEN CHRIST, WHEN JESUS FORGIVES ON THE CROSS. BUT THEN THERE ARE THINGS WHERE HE SAYS I THIRST. MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORESAKEN ME?>>FORSAKEN ME.>>THERE’S DOUBT, ALONENESS, THERE’S HEAVY.>>THAT’S WHY THE HISTORICAL NATURE OF THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. THIS IS NOT A FAIRY STORY. THIS IS WE KNOW THAT — AS WELL AS WE KNOW ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE ANCIENT WORLD — THAT ABOUT THE YEAR 33, JESUS OF NAZARETH IS CONVICTED BY PONTIUS PILATE, WENT TO THE CROSS, SUFFERED AND DIED AND IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. THAT’S HOW WE TELL TIME. THE ARCHITECTURE AROUND US, THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF MUCH OF WESTERN LIFE. IT’S THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT ARGUABLY IN HUMAN HISTORY. SO UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE EVANGELISTS MEANT, WHAT DID THOSE WORDS MEAN AT THE TIME? WHY WERE THEY INCLUDED IN THE GOSPELS, WHAT’S THE MESSAGE? IT’S AS IMPORTANT A STORY AS ANYTHING THAT WE TALK ABOUT.>>THERE ARE THESE SEVEN DIFFERENT STATEMENTS. YOUR BOOK IS LIKE A DEVOTIONAL, AS YOU REFLECT ON EACH OF THESE STATEMENTS AND WHAT THEY MEAN. IS THERE A THROUGH LINE? BECAUSE ON THE SURFACE, THEY’RE VERY DIFFERENT KINDS OF STATEMENTS.>>THEY ARE. THEY ARE DIFFERENT, AND THAT’S FASCINATING. THESE SEVEN REMARKS, IT’S AN ANCIENT DISCIPLINE TO PREACH ON THESE ON GOOD FRIDAY. THE THROUGH LINE IS THIS IS A HUMAN BEING, WHO IS ALSO DIVINE, BUT YOU CAN’T MOVE THE HUMAN PART AWAY. HE SUFFERS. HE BLEEDS. HE DIES. WE CAN THEN ARGUE ALL WE WANT ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANT, BUT THERE IS THE INESCAPABLE, I BELIEVE HIS HISTORICAL, REALITY, THAT THIS REMARKABLE FIGURE, WHOM PEOPLE LIKE ME BELIEVE IS THE SECOND PERSON IN THE TRINITY, WAS A REAL PERSON WHO BREATHED, HE GAVE US A MESSAGE AND POSSIBLY A PORTAL TO SALVATION.>>YOU SAY YOU’RE NOT A PROPHETIZER, YOU’RE NOT AN EVANGELIST, BUT THERE’S SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM THESE ANCIENT TIMES FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO LOOK AND REFLECT ON THESE WORDS.>>YOU KNOW, RELIGION IS VERY DIVISIVE, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR LIFE NOW, BUT IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE. LOOK AT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. MARTIN LUTHER KING, ROSA PARKS, JOHN LEWIS WERE DOING WHAT THEY DID, NOT BECAUSE OF AN ABSTRACT IDEA BUT BECAUSE OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. THE CORE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE IS TO LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND TURN THE OTHER CHEEK. LORD KNOWS I FAIL IN IT SIX TIMES BEFORE BREAKFAST, BUT WE’RE CALLED BACK TO THAT CROSS AGAIN AND AGAIN.>>IT’S ALWAYS GOOD WHEN YOU DON’T THINK OF THE EARTHLY THINGS BUT YOU THINK OF THE THINGS ABOVE. AND THIS BOOK HELPS YOU DO THAT IF YOU’RE FEELING THAT WAY. JON

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  2. Sorry, but Jesus’ death on the cross is not history, it’s myth! Unlike other figures in ancient history, there are no contemporary writings of the life of Jesus. Also, all four gospels give four different accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection. Take the Easter Challenge and try and get all four gospel accounts to line up in one coherent narrative.

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