Jesus Christ is a figure of religion and mythology. Miraculous deeds, divine attributes, and arcane sayings are attributed to him, and his billions of followers across the world hold countless views about who he was, what he said, what he meant, and how exactly he was related to God.
Additionally, the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth involve divine mechanisms that make him a direct descendant of God himself. Joseph, the son of David, was engaged to Mary who—unbeknownst to Joseph—was “found to be with [a] child from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1.18). Joseph mistook her pregnancy as an affair and tried to dismiss her, but an angel of God appeared told him about the situation and he was to name his son Jesus. This was outlined in the prophecy “spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:22-23). The prophecy was fulfilled with Joseph taking Mary as his wife and the birth of Jesus. The careful arrangement of the opening of the gospel by the writer enables a consistent logical argument and line of progression to explain Jesus’ relation to God. Jesus is shown to be descended from patriarchs who were closely related to God in some way. His birth stems from the Holy Spirit conceived by Mary, which fulfills the prophecy laid out by God himself. These evidences—Jesus’ genealogy and his divine birth fulfilling the prophecy—further imply that Jesus must be the Messiah referenced in 2 Samuel 7:12-13. Although remarkable, a divine birth is not enough to prove that Jesus is the Messiah, others must accept Jesus as the Son of God.
All Christians believe that Jesus is their savior, but there are many different ways his death can be interpreted. One of the ways we can look at Jesus’s death his through historical accounts. Almost all historians believe that there was a man named Jesus who had a large following, and was put to death by the Romans. But why, from a historical point of view, would Jesus be crucified? One major reason is that the Romans seen Jesus as a political threat. The Romans view order as the most important thing in their empire, and around that time there was a zealot uprising. Then, they see Jesus preaching about the coming of his “Kingdom” and so they thought that he was leading a revolution. Therefore, Jesus was executed at the hands of the Romans for being a Lestes, meaning bandit or outlaw. However, Jesus
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 KJV). This familiar passage of scripture recorded in the Gospel of John indicates the deity and or preexistence of Jesus Christ prior to time as we know it and before the creation of earth. The strongest proof that the Lord Jesus Christ is God are the divine attributes, divine names, divine works, divine worship, divine claims and divine relationship ascribed to Him.
Two thousand years ago, the birth of Jesus, arguably the most influential man the world has ever seen, altered history forever. Christians know him as the Messiah, the son of God who came to save all of mankind, and for others, he may just be a great teacher and person of history. It is the latter that Reza Aslan attempts to shed an unbiased light on by comparing the Jesus that modern Christians believe in to the Jesus that Aslan believes would have fit into first-century Palestine: a violet revolutionary, dedicated to the eradication of the Roman government in Israel and the deposition of the rich priestly class. Aslan paints a portrayal of Jesus using knowledge of the time period, Scripture that has been taken out of context and misinterpreted, and most of all, the author’s imagination and powerful rhetoric to cover up his faulty argumentation. In his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan recreates an interesting but purely speculative image of the historical Jesus through exploring the political and social history of first-century Palestine, the life and teachings of Jesus, and the development of early Christianity.
John uses the word “logos” at the beginning of his gospel, which roughly translates in English to “the Word.” Our book takes this idea one step further by explaining that “Logos can mean anything from a divine utterance to the principle of cosmic reason that orders and governs the universe” (Harris, 2012: 231). This is to say that John connected Jesus to the Greek idea that He was there at the beginning of when the earth was created and given its form and order. This, therefore, also connects this entity of Jesus to that which was sitting on the right hand of God at the creation of the universe, as told to us in the first chapter of Genesis.
The Historical Jesus: Five Views edited by J.K Beilby and P.R Eddy is a most interesting book to say the least. This is a great book to be introduced into the world of the historical Jesus. Along with the editors we have five contributors hence the name “Five Views”. This includes Robert M. Price, J.D Crossan, Luke Timothy Johnson, D.G Dunn and Darrel L. Bock. Each contributor presents their own views of the historical Jesus presented in the gospels and what they believe.
John nine verses one through seven is the being of the grace giving and truth telling of Jesus in this section. When Jesus spoke with the man that was blind I believe he ministered to him and gave him a brief explanation of who he was. The disciples asked him if this man sinned from birth or did his parents sin? Jesus used the truth telling when he answered the disciples by saying this man didn't sin at birth and neither has his parents sinned. It also gives truth-telling by letting the disciples know that it was to give God the glory. Now for the grace-giving part of Jesus, is him giving the Blind man back his sight. The reason why this was grace-giving was because this man had been blind his whole life, but when he came in contact with Jesus, he showed him grace by healing him.
In Chapter 3 of Speaking of Jesus, Carl Medearis says that if we do not really know what the gospel is then we will find ourselves having to explain Christianity. Instead of reaching out to people and showing Jesus, we put all our time and effort into defending our religion. It is like we are on teams and we try to get the most people on our side so we have the biggest team. Medearis put it like this, “In a way, we’re drawing a line in the sand and telling people, “You’re on that side, and you need to believe what I’m telling you in order to cross the line. Once you cross it, you’re saved.” (p.45).This is the kind of mentality of salvation that was also referenced in the introduction to the book. Christians tend to treat salvation like a check
On September 8, 2015, I have decided to interview my cousin Sally Chia about her relationship with Jesus. My cousin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is 28 years old. She currently lives in Las Vegas and works as a pharmacist. I chose to interview her because I figured she had a close relationship with Jesus. This is because when I was growing up she was the one who taught me about Jesus and his teachings. I have known my cousin Sally all my life, which is for about 14 years. During the interview I asked questions about her own personal relationship with God, and she answered my questions with great answers.
John Dominic Crossan is a well-renowned scholar of the historical Jesus, so one would expect his book to be full of some of the best scholarship on the topic. He provides a way to humanize Jesus and explain whom he was, and what his world looked like at the time. However, despite his ability to bring Jesus to life on the page, he skips over several large ideas, thus leaving much to be desired. While his book, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, does a good job as an introduction to the historical Jesus, it leaves the reader wanting more out of it than what he provided. This book review functions with two parts. In the first part, I discuss how Crossan seems to provide a shallow investigation on women and what they meant to Jesus and his followers.
friends. Their speaking in foreign tongues became their badge of honor. Competitiveness emerged to see who was more orthodox and more gentle and humble. All their time was devoted to performing good deeds as hurriedly as possible, not wanting their consecration to be challenged. One easy method to prove their devotion was to discover those in hiding without the mark and reveal them to the police. Everyone believed it a duty to report to authorities anyone not giving their loyalty to sweet Jesus. When such sinful people refused to repent, and were publicly executed, Christians of the world shook their heads in disbelief. They could not imagine the extent of the depth of a fallen nature capable of blinding people to such ruin.
I.N.R.I. can mean different things depending on the language it is written in and how you interpret it. Regardless of which meaning you choose, the concept that Jesus is the king remains the same. According to the gospels, when Jesus began his ministry, he didn’t publicly call himself the Messiah and he even warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. Despite his discretion, his cures and teachings began to attract crowds. Many people of Galilee started to believe that he was the Messiah. With this following, Jesus, decided to attend the Passover Festival in Jerusalem. While at the festival, he got so angry at dishonest merchants that he launched an attack at them. The Jewish leaders saw the crowds that gathered and
This follows the inclusion of all people in Jesus covenant requires the pouring of blood in order to make it operative. This covenant bears the name of “ new covenant or blood covenant”.
Throughout the book of John, Jesus did many signs and miracles. Through these signs, Jesus attempted to show both the multitudes as well as his disciples one small truth about Him—His is God. In this gospel, Jesus goes toe-to-toe with many of the Jewish spiritual leaders (i.e., Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, etc.) in order to show the people who He truly is. Scholars disagree with how many Messianic signs Jesus performed, but one thing remains—every single sign pointed back to the fact that Jesus was who He claimed to be. The signs performed by Jesus show both the Israelites of old, as well as the people of today, that He is, indeed, God.