As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’ Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, ‘Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.’ But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed. (Mark 15: 1-5)
Nobody thinks that this is an easy sculpture. Not even the artist, who used stone so hard it broke tool after tool in the creating. It has angular edges, colour which sucks the light away. It was made by a Jewish artist representing the Christian saviour in the ruins of a cathedral destroyed by the Nazis. The image itself portrays a moment of silence before an atrocity. Jesus is bound by the hands and a crown of thorns presses into his head.
Meaning blends and collides and it is almost too much to think about.
Pilate is uncomfortable looking at this Jesus and so are we.
- What is it that amazes Pilate?
- What does our discomfort mean?