I wish I had my own narrator

Print Article

Rev. Walter Klockers

When I read the Gospel of John there is a strong presence of the narrator. It is easy for me to neglect this fact.

We don’t know who this person was for certain. All of the Gospel writers were anonymous. Their names were only assigned later on as “best guesses.” So, the fourth Gospel writer was given the name of John, attributed to one of the Twelve Apostles, one of the two sons of Zebedee that followed the Lord.

Sometimes it is challenging to know just when the words of Jesus end and the narrator picks up. For example, John 3:16 is one of the most quoted verses in Scripture. Was this Jesus or the narrator’s words?

A person might insist that they were the words of Jesus. I can understand this interpretation. However, I believe that this could have very well been the narrator. Why? John’s job was to give further explanation. He would often do so after Jesus’ actions in order to spell things out for the reader’s benefit.

In the other three Gospels, Jesus would often huddle up with the Disciples to privately expand upon what had just happened. In the Gospel of John, this is more of the narrator’s role. We may have difficulty following because it is an entirely different script than what we are accustomed to in Matthew, Mark and Luke. He does everything he can do to aid the reader.

Besides theological enlightenment, John often inserts brief language helps (such as Hebrew words translated into their Greek equivalent).

Further, in chapter 11, he tells us about Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. John assumes that the reader already knows about her and identifies this particular Mary for us to immediately recognize: “[She] was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair.” When we read ahead, we see her performing this very act in chapter 12. Thank you, John.

There are times that I wish I had my own private narrator. He/she could follow me around and give commentary to others about my words and actions.

I am far from perfect; however, part of what I say and do are expressions of my Christian walk. My faith is lived out and hopefully makes a difference. I usually don’t spell it out to those around me.

Or perhaps I should become my own narrator.

How about you?

Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.

Print Article

Read More Religion

Where there’s smoke, look to see what’s causing it

August 11, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald You’ve probably heard the old saying “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” This is a rather timely saying these days as we live from week to week under smoke-laden skies. There is plenty of complainin...

Comments

Read More

The parable of the Megan Method

August 04, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13, there is a string of parables. In Jesus’ day, they related quite well to local, everyday occupations: the mustard seed (farmer), yeast and flower (baker), the tr...

Comments

Read More

The Lord is here, and I knew it not

August 04, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald “Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not,” reads Genesis 28:16. Where do you experience God? When have you encountered something deeper than y...

Comments

Read More

I now know what’s in my wallet

July 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald For me, the advertising team that represents the Capitol One Credit Card hit a home run. I love the catch phrase that they use in their commercials: “What’s in your wallet?” It begs me to actually ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2017 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X