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The Gospel of John - The Jews Call For Jesus’ Crucifixion

John’s Gospel can be seen as ‘a handbook for others’ and John is trying to make the story of wider interest in order to bring more people to the story.

The clincher in this story is when The Mob accuse Jesus of trying to set himself up as a rival to Cesar and although this doesn’t make Pilate angry it does make him worry about what might happen if Cesar got to hear of this.

It is interesting to read how whilst all gospels tell us there is a mob gathered as Pilate speaks to the crowd, the different gospels have different opinions as to how much of the mob were present at, and incited, the arrest of Jesus. John suggests that it was the High Priests initiated the arrest, whereas the other Gospels suggest that the High Priests are acting under the incitement of the people.

The story of the crucifixion appears in all the Gospels. Some try to make it more powerful by telling us about earthquakes and rocks splitting, which turns many unbelievers into believers. Matthew mentions that even ‘the believers asleep in their graves were raised’. John, however, just states the facts plainly (and these are powerful enough) and says The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.

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