Worship sermon

Rev. Ryo Kasama, Preacher of Tokyo Kalbarri Church, Feb. 16, 2020
“Look at this man” Gospel of John 19: 4-7

赴 It has been almost three years since I was assigned to Tokyo Kalbarri Church. Naturally it has been three years since I came to Tokyo, but what I really enjoyed about Tokyo is that I can go to my favorite movie immediately and that the museum is nearby. . It's great to be able to meet top-notch paintings if you walk a little.
Especially, many Western paintings are planned from the Middle Ages to the modern age, and I often see Jesus in those paintings.
出来 You can see various figures of Jesus, but works depicting Jesus are popular, or there are some favorite materials, so they are roughly divided into two.
One is called the image of the Virgin and Child, and Mary holds the infant Jesus. This may be the most favorite subject in Japan. I saw many paintings.
The other is drawn from a series of events that lead to Jesus' cross. Starting with Gethsemane's prayer, there is the scene of the trial, the scene of Jesus carrying the cross, the scene of being crucified, and the scene after being lowered. Each one is a theme of painting.
風景 The scenery of the trial drawn in the Bible today is quite a painting. This is one of the original painting genres called "Ecke Homo". So there are many paintings. If you can see the net, I think you should search for "Ecke Homo".
雰 囲 気 The atmosphere varies greatly depending on each painter. In some cases, Jesus is dared to look up and glares, and in others, it looks like a brilliant figure. However, the most often depicted figure is a snarling with nobleness, wearing a crown of thorns and bleeding from the head, surrounded by the expression of the anger of the people.
This "Ecke homo" is Latin. "Ecke" is an imperative form of "see". Homo means human. Homo sapiens homo. In other words, "Look at this person." That's what today's Bible verse five says, "Behold, this man." Homo refers to the whole person, not a man, so "look at this person" might be more correct in words.
こ の This part of the day is where that “Look, this man” is written. Pontio Pilate speaks this word by pulling out the tortured and tattered Jesus before the people. As I said last week, this is not Pilate hating Jesus, but trying to help Jesus' life. In his case, he was neither a Christian nor a special regard for Jesus, and generally came from his desire not to be involved in any troublesome things. Trying to help.
It was written last week that he had whipped and put a crown of thorns on a Roman soldier to slap, but these were to show the merciful appearance of Jesus and to annoy the people. .
引 き 出 し Pull out Jesus who has fallen tattered. With that figure, a purple robe was hooked on bare skin full of blood. He would have shed blood from his head because he was covered with a crown of thorns. I also think that the face was swollen because the soldiers were slapping endlessly.
中 で In this situation, Pilate says, "Look, this man." It's a humiliating figure, but if you show this miserable figure, you're determined that the people will be angry.
So Pilate's words were, "Behold, this sad man's figure. You may now forgive it."
民 There is a popular answer to it in verse six, which says, "Crucifix. Crucifix." Obviously, they only think about killing Jesus. After all, Pilate's thoughts did not reach the people. Perhaps it was useless just torture.
言 い As I said earlier, the word "see this man", in Latin, Ecke Homo is also the subject of painting. Many of the figures of Jesus drawn there are characterized by being tormented and defeated.
By the way, what about Jesus here? He is whipped and exposed to the public with a miserable appearance. Can you see such a figure as a child of God? Jesus is a child of God. Seeing the sight of such a person snarling in a tattered form, does it seem to be the object of religion?
神 The statue of God made in various religions is often depicted as a powerful and splendid one. It is because we think that a godly figure that transcends human beings is a worthy figure of God, and that it is a form of faith that prone to that great figure.
However, Christianity is the opposite, and I think that the image of Jesus, which is tattered and snarling, is the real image of the Son of God.
It can be said that this is the division of religion. Whether it can be seen as a true god, a figure that is ragged and full of wounds and snarls.
As to why this can be said, I quoted last week, there is a passage in Isaiah 53: 4 that talks about the coming Messiah. Here it is. "He took our sickness / He suffered our pain / While we thought / God's hand and struck him / He suffered That's it. "
In other words, the purpose of the Messiah coming into this world was to take the sins of all people themselves and to suffer the pain that humans should have.
つ ま り In other words, thinking of Jesus' child as having suffered for me.
That is, the person who believes that this figure of Jesus is suffering for me will be a believer. What he is suffering and snarling is that he thinks that he is suffering instead of the suffering that I should have suffered. When I saw Jesus being tormented and tattered, he received the punishment that I should have received. It can be said that the consciousness that it is myself that has made that figure is the form of religion.
お I am suffering to save me. There is nothing more precious than this. That is why we consider the figure of Jesus suffering on the cross to be the greatest work, and that is why we believe in Jesus. This figure of Jesus is very important to us.
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