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A thought at Easter: Jesus’ shout of abandonment

About the ninth hour [3 pm] Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matt 27:46 (NIV); also Mark 15:34 (NIV: At the ninth hour…
Jesus' shout of abandonment is a double challenge. It challenges us first and foremost because it communicates Jesus’ sheer desperation at this moment of the crucifixion, shockingly unlike anything he has expressed before. Matthew’s account leading up to this moment is horrendous: passers-by shout blasphemies at him, shaking their heads in disgust; they challenge him to show he is God’s son by miraculously freeing himself from the cross; the elite mock him about the ‘King of the Jews’ placard above his head; even the criminals on either side insult him. All this on top of the excruciating agony and destructiveness of crucifixion. An act of God predicted by Amos (8:9) 750 years earlier turns the sky strangely dark in the early afternoon,  Finally, Jesus can take no more, and …

Scot McKnight's The King Jesus gospel: The original good news revisited (2011). Some old notes

Scot MacKnight's 2011 book is a fairly short overview of what one might call 'kingdom-oriented theology' (as opposed to 'salvation-oriented' theology — I'm sure there are better terms for this distinction, but I have yet to learn them). Some people have described it as provocative. I found it readable, insightful and helpful. (Tom Wright's How God became King offers a thorough exegesis of much the same theme.)
I've just found and rereadsome notesI made shortly after reading it, so I thought I'd post them. I must have written them in 2011 or 2012: before I started this blog, at any rate.
The figures in parentheses are page numbers, and from the fact that they are not all in sequence, I think these are notes I wrote immediately after reading the book in order to jog my memory.