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Perhaps it would be valid to hypothesize that from the perspective of Jesus’ intentions, he died the way he died to deter his followers from participating in the coming war, and thereby saved them from (a very high likelihood of) dying in it. If the war actually was delayed, that was incidental to his intentions.

It is a provocative thought that this, conceivably, was part of the purpose of the institution of a memorial of his death at the hands of the Romans.

I can see that I’m way ‘off the reservation’, and will go quiet for a while.

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