Bringing the Text to Life

Once is (Not) Enough Isaiah 52:13–53:12

Once is (Not) Enough

Every Good Friday, we revisit the crucifixion scene.

At a Glance

Some films are so good, but so difficult to watch, that you can only handle seeing them once. The Good Friday scene, by contrast, is difficult to watch, but invites us to revisit it over and over.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Famous Last Words," April 18, 2003, at

If you have cable TV, you know that on any given day that you flip through the myriad channels you're going to find another rerun of The Shawshank Redemption on a movie channel somewhere. It's on -- like -- ALL the time, and, according to The Wall Street Journal, that assumption is fairly accurate.

TSR accounted for 151 hours of cable airtime in 2013. This means you had a pretty good chance of landing on this brutal but uplifting story about an innocent man beating the cruelty and evil of a mid-20th-century prison and escaping to freedom. No matter where we click into the story, we're likely to take some time to watch it, because it's that good, even ...

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