An observation from Fleming Rutledge about the Gospel of John and how it demonstrates that while Jesus was relating to individuals, he was creating a community, a family, a body, branches joined to a common vine. Taking the Gospel and the Epistles of John together, no writings in the New Testament are more concerned with …

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Fleming Rutledge observes that the execution method which Jesus suffered was one that was carried out upon those guilty of a particular crime against the state. His execution marked him as an enemy of the state. It served as a warning to any who might resist its authority. This is the means by which Jesus …

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