Continuing our Lenten study, we now come to WOW #2. If you are keeping up with us in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), we began this week's scene selection at "Jesus Must Die" and ended at "Pilate's Dream." All of us at New Kirk Presbyterian watched last night with popcorn, coffee, and tea in hand as Webber and Rice's telling of this portion of the story smeared into our pores like butter, staining our hearts with its salty aroma.
JCS through a Lens of Power
While the story and this telling is sufficient, we peered through a particular lens: the oft-shaded kind that considers "power." Great discussion happened both before we watched--as Caiaphas and Annas conspired to move the council, as hosannas and a frenzy of zealots moved "for" Jesus, as Pilate dreamed of trouble--and after.
Consider these questions yourself:
- Have you ever participated in a group responsible for making decisions on behalf of a larger group? If so, can you think of a time you had to forego your seemingly better judgment in order to continue moving with the will of the deciding group?
- Were you ever the one on whom a larger group had to rely for something? Were there times your vision and expectations seemed to run contrary to the larger group's vision and expectations?
- So where did you (do you) turn for guidance? Should you yield to the will of collected minds and efforts, or should you seek an inner source and risk being right while others are wrong?