John’s portrayal of Jesus’ death is as unique as the rest of his Gospel. Fr. Donald Senior explores how the rest of the Gospel prepares for the Passion story. He then gives a detailed analysis of the Passion narrative itself. Finally, he explores the theological motifs that dominate the Passion narrative. With scholarly finesse and deep pastoral awareness, he makes John’s vibrant message of the Passion speak to our life and times.
“The return to God—not only of the Word but of all humanity—is the final purpose of Jesus’ mission in the world. The communion of all being with God, with the same intensity and completeness that bonds God with Jesus, is the endpoint of the Johannine vision: ‘that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us … that they may be one, as we are one.’ (17:21–22). To achieve that God-given destiny, the Risen Christ sends the power of the Spirit into the world.” (Page 17)