He's Let Loose in the World

In John Masefield’s imaginative drama, The Trial of Jesus, there’s an interesting exchange between two legendary persons.  Longinus, the traditional name of the Roman centurion who was in charge of the crucifixion, the one who is supposed to have said, “truly this was the Son of God,” (Mt 27:54) returns to the court of Pilate to give his report.  There he is drawn aside by Procula, Pilate’s wife.  She asks him, “Do you think he is dead?”

Longinus replies, “No, Lady, I don’t.”

“Then where is he?” she asks. 

He says, “Lady, he’s let loose in the world.”