Friday, July 2, 2010

Jesus of Nazareth: Don't Myth the Boat For the World

"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away [with] all this artificial scaffolding..." ---Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 11 April, 1823; Adams-Jefferson Letters, ed. Lester J. Cappon II, 594
Caesar AugustusJesus of Nazareth was no Minerva-Jupiter fiction, but an historical person-event born of Mary of Nazareth during the reign of Caesar Augustus and Herod the Great. He proclaimed that He was the fulfillment, the long promised Messiah of Israel, and after doing wondrous miracles for three years (for which temple authorities saw Him as a threat to their influence) and teaching "with authority" like none ever before Him (click), was crucified by the high priest, Caiaphas, who delivered Him to Pontius Pilate in the year 33 for this claim and for declaring Himself the Son of God, claiming the Name revealed to Moses at Sinai (Exo. 3:14; Jn 8:58) who promised that He would rise from the dead "on the third day" in fulfillment of the scriptures.

At the crucifixion even many of His disciples were disheartened by the awful, brutal events, Peter denied Him three times in His Hour of greatest agony, until in fulfillment, He split time in half by leaving the "empty tomb" (which even the temple attested was empty (click)) and was seen by multitudes (click). Even some of those disciples, being very human, were skeptical when the first report of the women who found the tomb empty and saw the Risen One came; these were not at first convinced until they too saw Him (click) with their own eyes and touched Him with their own hands (click). From then on the world has never been the same. The original apostolic community was well acquainted with myth, mythos, and decisively rejected it (click) precisely as witnesses to these redemptive events, for which they paid with their lives.

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