First Written Gospel

Date added: 29/05/2020



Jesus the Sacred, tried before Pilate;

Pilate, the scared – trial before Caesar?

Jesus, entitled to justice from Rome,

entitled by Pilate, ‘The King of the Jews'.


First written Gospel, translated for all,

title deeds of the Kingdom of God;

proclaimed to the city, unchanging word,

‘What is written, is written’, bequeathed to the world.


© Graham Kings, Nourishing Connections (Canterbury Press, 2020).

first published in Mission Theology Advisory Group, Anne Richards (ed.), Transparencies: Pictures of mission through prayer and reflection (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Church House Publishing, 2002), then in Graham Kings, Signs and Seasons (Canterbury Press, 2008), on Fulcrum April 2009, in Mission Studies 16.2 (1999), and on Spiritual Journeys.