Behold the Man: The Kingdom and the Crown vol.3
The final installment of Lund’s trilogy, Behold the Man returns to the tumultuous times of the final days of Jesus Christ. Again, all of the major characters – including gentle merchant David ben Joseph, his family, Mary, Peter, Simon, Paul, and all the other eventual disciples – are portrayed as wonderfully human. Despite their differences with each other on how to deal with the hated Roman oppressors and other Jewish factions, the ministry of the man called Jesus Christ binds them with invisible, yet unshakable, spiritual unity. Many others, though, are not pleased with the words and actions of Jesus – men such as King Herod, Pontius Pilate, and opposing priests like Sadducee Mordechai and Pharisee Azariah. To them, Jesus is a troublemaker and a threat to their ambitions. Already divisions have been made in too many families as some become followers of the “so called” Messiah.
Lund’s trilogy is an excellent way to capture the essence of the bloodshed, agony, and soul searching of so many. And yet Jesus’ message of love and goodwill to all for which he died in the giving is not laid on the reader oppressively or in a preaching style. Lund’s writing bares the undercurrent of emotions and doubts of those living in a time of upheaval and perhaps gives hope and guidance to people who also suffer today’s tragedies.