“They took Him to the bow of the hill on which the town was built in order to throw Him down
the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on His way.”
The first time that I really appreciated Glenn Close was when she played Norma Desmond in the stage
version of Sunset Boulevard. That was many years ago in Century City, California. There she was, head
wrapped in a colorful turban, dramatically descending the stairway facing the audience. In the original movie
version, Norma was played by Gloria Swanson, and the same dramatic entrance was actually a departure as
she descended the outside stairs from her home into the gathering of reporters and bright lights. They
literally parted the way for her like the Red Sea parted at Moses’ command.
Spectators were astounded at the absurdity of Norma’s swan song, and their rowdiness and firing of
questions subsided into a quiet awe. Equally silent were those Jews who had gathered on the hillside outside
the synagogue in Nazareth; Jesus’ home town. But their awe was of a different nature. Their intent was to
throw him over a cliff and murder him. He had insulted them, spoken words which pierced their guilt ridden
hearts, convicted them of their sins. They surely had able bodied men in their midst who could physically
harm Jesus with a marginal amount of effort. Even so, there were enough of them present anyway, so
overpowering Jesus should have been a done deal.
What happened? He simply walked right through the crowd and went on his way. They parted just as
reporters would have parted for Norma Desmond, or as the huge ocean walls stood up and allowed the
Israelites to pass through on solid sand. But with Jesus there was a different awe. It was one of wonder,
of an unspoken reverence; and most certainly with fear and trembling. The one fact that we do know is
that it happened, much to the crowd’s chagrin and shame.
When the King of Kings and Lord of Lords passes our way, we part, we bow, and we adore God in the flesh.
For “the Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3). Like
Father like Son. Everyone and everything parts when Jesus walks by. For sure, every knee will bow,
here and in Heaven, and even the demons under the Earth will do likewise. Let there be no mistake,
Jesus will reign forever, in power and in glory.