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Moving on quickly now to the death of Jesus of Nazareth, we find that Mt presents to us again a rather human Jesus, yet a Jesus whose death is accompanied by miraculous signs as proof that Jesus is in fact the Christ. Judas' betrayal of Jesus is a fulfillment of OT prophecy (Mt 27.3-10); Pilate's wife had a dream in which she "suffered many things" and she warned her husband to "have nothing to do with that righteous Man" Jesus (Mt 27.19); a darkness covers the land (27.45); the veil of the temple is torn in two, the earth quakes, and amazingly (recorded only in Mt) the graves were opened and the bodies of the deceased saints were raised! (see: Mt 27.51-53). Also, Mt tells us that a Roman centurion, having become frightened by all of these miraculous occurrences, exclaimed: "Truly this was the Son of God!" (Mt 27. 54).

John's account, on the other hand, is not filled with miraculous events. In fact it almost seems as though the death of Jesus in Jn's gospel is the death of an ordinary man. Only in Jn does Jesus carry his own cross (In 19.17); there is no darkness or earthquake on Calvary, only the women lovingly gathered at the foot of Jesus' cross (In 19.25); and the only remarks made by Jesus from the cross are: a) committing his mother Mary into John's care (In 19.26-27); b) his expression of thirst (Jn 19.28); and c) "it is finished" (In 19.30). All three of these statements could very likely be the type of "last words" proclaimed by any ordinary man about to die by crucifixion. There is also no exclamation of abandonment by God in Jn as there is in Mt (see Mt 27.46).

But John also gives us reason to believe that this Jesus is not just any ordinary man. Only


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