Speaking Christian- Jesus
Luke 2: 1-20 The Birth of Jesus
To understand Jesus, we must look to the pre- Easter/ historical Jesus and the post- Easter Jesus, what he became after his death as there is a distinction. Who is the historical Jesus? He was a man raised in Galilee as a Jew and was a flesh and blood human being who had height, weight, ate, drank and was mortal, He had a beginning and an ending.
Post Easter, Jesus was not constrained by time and space, could appear anywhere, pass through wall, be unrecognized and able to disappear. Jesus was not simply a figure of the past dead and gone, but a living reality of the present. He is also divine reality. Thomas spoke in John 20:28 My Lord and my God. Matthew 28:20 I am with you always to the end of the age.”
But who is Jesus to you? For in our faith and understanding we hold on to the infant born in a stable, the child who was in His Father’s House learning, the young man raised as a carpenter and closed the shop to reveal who he really was and is. He is also the one who healed, preached, taught and performed miracles and signs of wonder. And he is the one who was betrayed, arrested and killed on a cross. But he is also with us now- in spirit and in truth. Jesus is all of these and more—because we may understand only so much, we need to remember that Jesus can be even more than we thought possible.
Who is Jesus to you right now? Do you believe he lived and died for you?
Jesus of many names and titles we pray to you this day that you would reveal yourself once again for our understanding and wonder. You were human and yet came to show us the depth of your Father’s love through dying on a cross. Help us to make clear in our minds who you are today. We believe in you help our unbelief and cause us to understand. Reveal yourself to us we pray. Amen.
What does “Jesus” mean to you? How would you explain the baby born in a stable as a resurrected messiah? Do you believe that this man Jesus lived ?It is historical fact that he died, but the resurrection is now being questioned? Do you believe he rose to teach us post Easter? How does Jesus reveal himself to you today?
For further reading, Marcus J. Borg, Speaking Christian.(Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2011), p. 126-142