Saturday May 11th 2013
Pontius Pilate as he attempted to
maneuver a way through a political impasse, must have decided that if he
could demonstrate that Jesus was no more than a person, those agitated
by the possibility of Jesus being divine, would come to their senses.
He had Jesus whipped, crowned with thorns and with the words "Behold The
Man" he presented a much humiliated Jesus to that part of the populace
who had been following the various flows in idea. And you
have to wonder what Jesus might have been thinking through the course of
that particular ordeal.
If ever you read "Ecce Homo" which is
Nietzsche's "Behold The Man," pay no attention to the idea of it being an
autobiography. If you even begin to think that, you'll get badly
irritated and you will fall to the vice of scholarship and you'll start
rambling about this and that and you might cease being true to the
existentialist cause. Instead think of Nietzsche putting himself in
Jesus' place, with Pontius Pilate grinning in the back ground, and blast of
expectant faces out there in front of him. And with this scene in place, as
you read Ecce Homo, ask yourself the question "how did I become what I am."