Are There Known Relatives Of Jesus Living Today
Is it possible for someone to truly claim to be a very late descendent of Jesus Christ? Even if it is genetically proven, does the Bible mention any future descendants of Jesus? Does the Bible mention any future descendants of Jesus?
The Alpha and Omega
Jesus was never married or had children.There is also no historical or scriptural proof that He ever had a relationship with another woman.As the Bible states, ″He has no parent or mother or genealogy, and has neither a beginning nor an end to his existence, but resembling the Son of God, he continues to serve as an intercessor in the presence of God eternally″ (Heb 7:3) And as the Bible says in Hebrews 7:6, ″This guy, on the other hand, did not trace his genealogy through Levi, but he gathered a tenth from Abraham and thanked him who was in possession of the promises.″ Although Melchizedek is the topic of this chapter, it is evident that the traits he has are those of Jesus Christ, including the fact that there is no beginning of days and that he is not of earthly descent.This is Jesus, who ″continues to serve as a priest in perpetuity.″ Even Melchizedek did not act in this manner.
However, Mary, Jesus’ mother, was also the mother of Joseph’s other children, among whom Jesus was the firstborn.According to Matthew 1:25, Joseph ″did not know until after she had given birth to a son…named Jesus.″ The term ″until″ essentially suggests that Mary and Joseph did not have children and did not have sexual relations until after Jesus was conceived and born, and according to other scriptures, it is certain that Joseph and Mary had additional children after Jesus was conceived and was born.In Acts 1:14, we learn that James was Jesus’ half-brother.″All of them were united in prayer, with the ladies and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers,″ reads Acts 1:14 ″all of them with one accord were dedicating themselves to prayer.″ It is the plural version of the Greek word ″adelphoi″ that refers to siblings rather than brethren, and it is used to refer to both.
- Before He was resurrected, Jesus’ family was so hostile toward Him that once ″his brothers told to him, ″Leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may also witness the miracles you are performing.″ Because no one works in secrecy if he wishes to be recognized publicly.
- If you accomplish these things, you will be able to present yourself to the rest of the world.″ Because not even his own brothers had faith in him.″ (See John 7:3-5.) When He was still speaking to the crowds, ″behold, his mother and his brothers waited outside, demanding to speak with him″ (Matt12:46), and once when the crowds were amazed by His teachings, they inquired: ″Is not his mother’s name Mary?″ (Matt 12:47).
- And aren’t his brothers James and Joseph, as well as Simon and Judas, all present?
- And aren’t all of his sisters here with us as well?
″How did he obtain all of these things?″ you might wonder (Matt 13:55-56).The Bible makes it quite clear that Jesus had stepbrothers and stepsisters as well as biological siblings.
Our Elder Brother
As soon as we are born again, we are declared to be God’s children, and Jesus states that our real family is comprised of those who belong to the Body of Christ.As Jesus stated, ″For whomever performs the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother″ (Mark3:35).Heb 2:10 says that ″it was suitable that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation complete by suffering″ (Heb 2:10).″For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all come from the same source.″ That is why he isn’t embarrassed to refer to them as brothers″ (Heb 2:11).
- That in no way diminishes Jesus’ status as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and Savior, but if we have repented and placed our faith in Christ, our connection with him is similar to that of a family member or a brother.
Present day Descendants?
When it comes to Jesus being married and having children, there is absolutely no evidence in the Bible to support these claims.Even non-biblical evidence is lacking in this case.Neither a legitimate church nor a secular historian ever believed or wrote about Jesus having been married and having children at any point in his life.Regardless matter who you hear today who claims to be a direct descendent of Jesus Christ, they have nothing significant on which to base their claims.
- Furthermore, while it would be hard to establish today, the truth remains that both history and Scripture point to the impossibility of Jesus ever having children and so having descendants who are alive and well in this day and age.
Even if there were still living relatives of Jesus, such as His siblings and sisters, wouldn’t they be just like us in their outlook on life?Could it really be that they fall just as far short of God’s glory as we do (Rom 3:23)?And, more importantly, does any one of us truly seek after God on our own, or is there even one of us who can declare we are good (Rom 3:10-12)?No, we all deserve God’s anger, but Jesus atoned for our sins via his death on the cross.
- By the way, Jesus has living relatives today, but they are not blood relatives, but rather blood-bought members of the God-given family.
- One of Jesus’ most famous questions was the rhetorical query ″Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?″ Afterwards, Jesus pointed to his followers and said, ″Here are my mother and my brothers.″ (Matt 12:47) (Matt 12:48).
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6 People You Forgot Were Related to Jesus
It is said several times in the Bible that Jesus is descended from Abraham.He is referred to as the ″son of David,″ and he is widely believed to be the son of Mary.In the Bible, however, there are just two passages that provide a more or less complete description of Christ’s ancestors and forefathers.Neither of these is found in the Gospel of Matthew, but they are both found in the Gospel of Luke, in the third chapter, in the first chapter.
- It is common for people to skim over the genealogies in favor of reading the more engaging parts of the Christmas tale instead.
- This, on the other hand, means that many people have forgotten who exactly is included in the list of Jesus’ forefathers and foremothers.
- Even while the majority of Christians are aware that Christ was descended from Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, and David, they are unable to name more than a handful more important characters who shared Christ’s ancestry.
- There are usually a few surprises when someone reads the genealogy in its entirety and pays close attention to the names rather than merely skimming over it, as a result of this.
Here are six persons that were related to Jesus who you may have forgotten about.
When we consider that Jesus was descended from the patriarch Jacob, we may conclude with certainty that he was connected to one of Jacob’s sons.Having said that, the majority of people are not very concerned with which of the 12 sons is the ancestor of Christ.Since Joseph is the son of Jacob who receives the most amount of attention in the Book of Genesis, most Christians would certainly conclude that Jesus was descended from his lineage.Instead, Jesus is derived from Judah, Jacob’s third son, who was the father of Jesus.
- Judah is told that ″your brothers will applaud you; your hand will be on the necks of your adversaries; your father’s sons will bow down to you″ as Jacob blesses his children soon before his death.
- The scepter will not be removed from Judah, nor will the ruler’s staff be removed from between his feet, until He who holds it comes, and the nations submit to His authority.″ Although Jesus is several generations away from being born, Jacob is well aware that it will be Judah’s distant descendent who will be the greatest person to ever walk the face of the Earth.
The genealogy of Christ provided by Luke and Matthew are different.Matthew follows the paternal line, which would give Jesus a legitimate claim to David’s kingdom if he were to ascend to it.Luke, on the other hand, recounts Jesus’ maternal pedigree, the line that demonstrates that David’s throne is Christ’s by right of blood inheritance.However, in both situations, Luke and Matthew adhered to the conventions of the day and concentrated on the male relatives of Jesus.
- As a result, many people, with the remarkable exception of Mary, are utterly unaware of the large number of women with whom Christ shared his blood.
- Tamar, the cunning widow who conned Judah into marrying her as required by ancient law, is one of Jesus’ distant female relatives.
- Tamar is one of Jesus’ distant female relatives.
- Despite the fact that Tamar was the more righteous of the two women in the situation, and Judah even admitted it in Genesis 38:26, modern interpreters tend to skip over the line where Judah states, ″She is more righteous than I,″ and quietly shuffle Tamar into the background of Jesus’ ancestors’ genealogy.
Rahab first appears in the Book of Joshua, when Joshua sent two spies to explore the city of Jericho, where she lives.But instead of carrying out their duties, they chose to spend the night at the home of a prostitute..Rahab was the name of the prostitute.However, Rahab assisted the stupid men when they were found, which was fortunate for the spies and those Israelites who were waiting for their report.
- ″Shethem up to the roof andthem beneath the stalks of flax she had spread out on the roof,″ she says, in order to avoid being seen by the guards who were following the spies.
- Rahab requested that her family be spared during the Israelites’ conquest of Jericho as a thank you for rescuing her and her family.
- The spies agreed, and when Jericho fell, Joshua maintained the terms of the pact.
- Rahab and her family were ″placed…in a spot outside the camp of Israel…and among the Israelites,″ according to Rahab’s account.
In truth, she married a guy named Salmon, who is said to have been one of the spies that she shielded from the authorities.Both Boaz and Salmon are included in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and their son was named Boaz as well.Therefore, one of Jesus’ great-grandmothers was none other than the prostitute who rescued the Israelite conquest of Jericho at the time of Jesus’ great-grandfather Joseph.
Ruta is one of the Bible’s few female protagonists, and she appears as the major character in one of the Bible’s books.She is, on the other hand, held up as a role model for women all across the world.She possessed courage, loyalty, and righteousness.She was also the great-grandmother of David, who was born to her.
- It is noteworthy to observe that there are a number of foreigners among the members of Christ’s lineage.
- Ruth, in fact, is the second foreigner to marry into the family that would go on to become the forebears of David, and subsequently, Jesus, in two generations of marriage.
- Ruth became the wife of Boaz, who was also the son of Rahab.
- After being cautioned to avoid intermarrying for fear of being seduced into idolatry, the Israelites ignored the warning and married foreigners.
Despite this, some of the most pious women in the Bible were married to foreigners.None of the Israelites, including Ruth, Rahab, and Tamar, belonged to the tribe of Israel.Tamar was a Canaanite lady, Rahab was from Jericho, and Ruth was born a Moabite, and they all had different backgrounds.
Everyone is aware that Christ is a descendant of the patriarch David.Indeed, ″son of David″ is one of Jesus’ titles and is used throughout the New Testament to refer to him as such.The fact that Christ was derived from David’s favorite and most renowned son, Solomon, is even remembered by the majority of people.What appears to have slipped most people’s minds, however, is the fact that Solomon did not appear fully formed as David’s son when they were born.
- He was the son of David and Bathsheba, the lady who David had raped.
- Bathsheba, like Tamar, seems to have a bad image among modern Christians, despite the fact that she never deserved it.
- She is portrayed as a seductress while, in truth, she was the victim of rape and exploitation.
- When discussing the ancestors of Jesus, both her unjust reputation as an adulteress and her reality as a victim of sexual assault are overlooked, despite the fact that either identification may be utilized to emphasize what Christ Himself taught while on Earth during his time on this planet.
Unfortunately, such possibilities are being passed on just as Bathsheba was.
Surprisingly, many people appear to be unaware that Jesus was derived from a lengthy line of royal family members.In the gospels of Luke and Matthew, many of the names mentioned were those of rulers of Israel or Judea.Hezekiah was one of such people.Hezekiah was one of the rare monarchs who was committed to upholding the Law of Moses.
- It was he who ″doing what was right in God’s eyes, just as his father David had done.″ In addition, he demolished the high places, shattered the holy stones, and chopped down the Asherah poles…
- In the LORD, the God of Israel, he placed his confidence.
- There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah.″ ″There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah.″ The Bible says that, unlike most of the kings who followed after David, Hezekiah did not fall prey to idolatry, but instead ″stuck true to the LORD and did not cease to follow Him; he obeyed the laws the LORD gave Moses.″ It was because of this confidence that Hezekiah was able to plead and persuade God to spare Jerusalem when Sennacherib launched an attack on Judah.
- The lineage of Christ is not something that most people are very interested in.
When the long list of names is read aloud, the vast majority of people tune it out, and when they read the Bible alone, they either skim over it or completely skip over it.This is understandable in a number of respects.Unlike in the ancient world, when a person’s lineage meant a great deal more, a large list of names does not capture the attention of a modern Christian in the same way it would have.There are, however, some fascinating details tucked inside among that lengthy list of names.The fact that Christ was descended from just men and women was not enough for him to be considered righteous.His ancestors include some of the world’s most heinous sinners.
Despite everything, He remained blameless and performed miracles that none of His forefathers could have anticipated.Even while Moses and Joshua were credited with conquering the Red Sea and leading the conquest of Canaan, it was Christ who achieved the ultimate victory by defeating death itself.
Jesus’ Family Connections
″Elizabeth your relative has likewise conceived a son in her old age,″ the same angel who notifies Mary that she would bear a Son tells her in Luke 1:36.This is one of the most significant links we can make.A son called John would be born to this same Elizabeth, who would go on to become recognized throughout history as John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-60, Luke 1:80).Although the specific nature of the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth is not specified, it appears that they were cousins, which meant that Jesus and John were also cousins.
- The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!″ shouted John as he approached Jesus to be baptized.
- The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!″ exclaimed the other.
(See also John 1:29).John was miraculously revealed to be Jesus, the predicted Messiah (John 1:30-34).However, John’s unwavering acceptance of the validity of this revelation demonstrates that Jesus had to have lived a spotless and upright life in order for this revelation to be accurate.
Some apostles were cousins
Despite the fact that few people are aware of it, it appears that at least two of Jesus’ apostles were also cousins.In Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, and John 19:25, we get a list of the four women who were there at Jesus’ crucifixion, and we can see that they were all witnesses to the event.From these accounts, we can see that the women included Mary of Magdala or Mary Magdalene (who was mentioned by all three gospel writers), Mary the mother of Jesus (who was mentioned by John), and another Mary, who was identified by John as ″Mary wife of Clopas″ and by Matthew & Mark as ″Mary the mother of James and Joses.″ This James is commonly referred to as ″James the Less,″ one of the twelve apostles, and is also referred to as ″James the son of Alphaeus″ (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15).The names ″Clopas″ and ″Alphaeus″ appear to be variants of the Aramaic name ″Chalphai,″ which may be transliterated into Greek as ″Clopas″ and Latin as ″Alphaeus.″ The names ″Clopas″ and ″Alphaeus″ are both derived from the same root.
- Clopas, according to the 2nd-century author Hegesippus, was the brother of Joseph, Mary’s husband and stepfather of Jesus, who was also his stepfather.
- It is possible that this apostle James was a cousin of Jesus, if this is the case.
- Salome (named by Mark), who is also referred to as ″the mother of Zebedee’s sons″ by Matthew and ″Hismother’s sister″ by John, is a woman who was married to Zebedee’s sons.
- Because Salome and Mary were sisters, their children—Jesus, the son of Mary, and the disciples James and John, the sons of Salome and Zebedee—were first cousins, as were their grandchildren.
As a result of this relationship, the occurrence recorded in Matthew 20:21, in which ″the mother of the sons of Zebedee″ requested that her sons, James and John, be given the two most important places in Christ’s Kingdom, becomes more clear.However, upon closer inspection, we see that the requester was Jesus’ aunt, who was making the request on their behalf together with His two cousins.Because of their proximity to Jesus as family members, they were probably certain that such a request would not be perceived as intrusive—which also helps explain Jesus’ courteous but forceful response.In addition, this family tie helps us understand why James and John, together with Peter, were the three disciples with whom Jesus seemed the most comfortable, and why He chose them to accompany Him to important moments and events (Matthew 17:1-9; Matthew 26:36-37; Mark 5:37).Jesus was clearly close to these two cousins in particular, and he appeared to take pleasure in their friendship with him.If we use our imaginations, we may imagine that they grew up together and have been friends since they were young children.
Jesus’ brothers and sisters
The Gospels also reveal that Jesus had a large number of half brothers and half sisters who were born to Joseph and Mary, as well as many more half siblings and half sisters.In Matthew 13:55-56, we learn that several Nazareth people inquired about Jesus: ″Isn’t he the carpenter’s son, or something like that?Isn’t His mother’s given name Mary?And what about His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas, among others?
- And His sisters, aren’t they all here with us as well?″ This verse refers to Jesus’ four half brothers — Jacob, Joseph, Simeon, and Judah in Hebrew — as well as His half sisters, which are also named in this chapter (plural).
- Jesus had at least six half siblings, four brothers and two sisters, for a total of nine half siblings.
- During Jesus’ lifetime, His half brothers did not acknowledge Him as the Savior and Messiah of Israel (John 7:5).
- However, following Jesus’ resurrection, James rose to prominence as a believer.
On the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:14), James is listed as one of the founding members of the Church, together with his siblings and mother Mary, who were all there when God’s Spirit was given to them (Acts 2:1-4).Later on, James rose to the position of leader of the Jerusalem congregation.He played a significant part in the Acts 15 conference of the apostles (see Acts 15:13-21).Later, Paul paid a visit to James in Jerusalem (Acts 21:18).The apostle Paul refers to James as a ″pillar″ of the Church in Galatians 2:9.James also penned the letter to the Hebrews that bears his name in the New Testament (James 1:1).
Judas or Judah (Matthew 13:55), another of Jesus’ brothers, composed the brief epistle of Jude, which may be found in Matthew 13:55.(Jude 1:1).A further powerful testament to the fact that He lived an exemplary and blameless life is provided by the fact that these relatives, including half brothers who grew up with Him under the same roof, recognized Jesus as Messiah and personal Savior.In addition, the fact that they became Christians upon His resurrection is a tremendous testimony to the reality of His resurrection from the dead.
Jesus’ bloodline lives to this day – Parlia
In the fall of 2014, a story was published in the New York Times about a paper that was discovered in the British Library that was believed to be 1,500 years old.This manuscript, known as ″The Lost Gospel,″ was translated from Aramaic to English by Professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovic, who worked together on the project.In ″The Lost Gospel,″ Wilson and Jacobovic claim that Jesus had married Mary Magdalene and had two children with her, a revelation that has not been widely accepted.″The Davinci Code,″ a novel written by Dan Brown and made into a film starring Tom Hanks, promoted the belief that Jesus had a family and lineage that is still living today.
- Many authors, on the other hand, have disregarded Brown’s account as a work of fiction.
- While many theories agree with Brown’s assertion that Jesus’ lineage continues to this day, they disagree with his premise that there is a single, ultimate descendent of Jesus (the film depicts a singular descendant in the character of Sophie Neveu).
- According to theories, Jesus’ descendants include a large number of individuals from all walks of life.
- Interestingly, Jesus’ blood relations are mentioned in the Bible as well.
The Virgin Mary was not alone in having a boy who would grow up to be John the Baptist; Elizabeth and her son, who would grow up to be John the Baptist, were also there.The Bible also mentions Christ’s siblings, including a few unnamed sisters and four brothers, Judas, Simon, Joses, and James, who are all mentioned in the Bible.Records from Jewish families, on the other hand, contain the stories of additional family members who were not mentioned in the Bible.These papers describe uncles, cousins, nephews, and even grand-nephews and great-grand-nephews, among other relations of the family.These relations have been traced back to Jerusalem, Jordan, and even Rome, according to historical records.These documents also imply that these relatives assisted Christ in his escape from Jerusalem when the city was destroyed in 70 AD.
The emperors of Rome called them to testify as well.There’s also the issue of the very first Christian bishops to consider.For the first 100 years following the death of Christ, the bishops in Jerusalem were not only Jewish, but they were also all linked to Christ by blood or marriage.The gospels that have been discovered throughout the years that include hints about Christ’s family have been rejected by the early Christians as being worthy of inclusion in the New Testament.Modern Christian academics assert that the early Christians believed these gospels to be heretical, and that this was the reason for their rejection.As much as there are differences of opinion on what constitutes heresy in the Christian faith, it is equally crucial to recognize that these gospels offered a completely different vision of Christ and his mission on Earth.
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The Bible makes no mention of Christ’s wife or any children who could have been born as a result of the marriage.In contrast, the Bible does contain passages that talk of Christ’s absence of a biological family; for example, Hebrew 7:3 declares that Christ is a person who does not have a genealogy, demonstrating that he is the genuine Son of God.However, while the Bible does affirm that Mary was Jesus’ mother and acknowledges that Mary and Joseph most likely had children before Christ, there is very little Biblical or extrabiblical evidence to suggest that Christ was married or had children, and there have been very few credible secular historians who have discovered any evidence to support such allegations.Technically speaking, according to Jewish practices and regulations regarding the disposition of a deceased person.Although it is customary in Hebrew culture, only female relatives of the deceased are permitted to touch the corpse’s body.Given the foregoing, it should be noted that the three women who were present to prepare Christ after his crucifixion were Mary the Mother, Mary his sister, and Mary of Magdalene.
According to their own evidence in the New Testament, it claimed Mary Magdalene, a relative with intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ of Mazarin other than the mother or sister who would know better if it’s twisted knowledge of Jesus a wife, and here is where the assertion comes to a close.
Who Is Jesus Christ For Us Today? Book Summary
Using a Black viewpoint, James Cone Ph.D.answers the question ″Who Is Jesus Christ for Us Today?″ in his book Who Is Jesus Christ for Us Today?Cone uses the term ″social context″ to refer to the encounter with Jesus Christ that takes place in the course of our ordinary everyday lives.It is the experience of Christ in a social world characterized by injustice and oppression: a society in which the top-dog and the underdog are in competition with one another.
- It is the encounter with Jesus in the midst of life’s absurdities that spurs one on to further investigation of the Christological issue, ″Who is Jesus Christ for us today?″ Cone, on the other hand, cautions against the assumption that the meaning of Christ is generated from or depends upon our social situation.
- He firmly believes that the Scriptures must also be taken into consideration in order for us to have a complete grasp of the reality of Jesus Christ.
- The importance of doing so, he believes, is in the fact that it supplies us with trustworthy information about the Jesus Christ we encounter in our social experience.
- The tradition, according to Cone, serves as ″the connecting link between Scripture and our modern circumstances.″ He considers the Black religious heritage to be reflective of the Black Church’s acceptance of their humanity, as well as their affirmation of their religion, at various points in time throughout historical development.
This, he says, equips the Black Church of today with a more in-depth grasp of the reality of Jesus Christ than it has ever had.Therefore, according to Cone, theological presuppositions need be established before an examination into the meaning of Christ can begin.These presuppositions include social context, Scripture, and tradition.Who exactly is Jesus Christ in today’s world?Cone makes the profound observation that ″Jesus is who He was.″ The historical Jesus was the fully human Jesus who also happened to be a Jew, according to tradition.His humanity, as well as His Jewish identity, are both vital and necessary for the assertion of religious faith.
Rather than being a ″universal″ man, Cone emphasizes that Jesus was a ″specific″ man; He was a particular Jew who came to fulfill God’s plan to release the downtrodden.It was possible for black people to identify with the historical human Jesus since He represented human sorrow and rejection.As with everyone else, Jesus suffered from an unjust social system in which the ″little ones″ were oppressed.Jesus, too, was unaccepted and rejected by mankind; Jesus, too, was beaten and condemned; Jesus, too, suffered from a social system in which the ″little ones″ were mistreated and misunderstood.Blacks associated with the historical Christ because they felt He was a fellow sufferer and struggler in their situation.Cone argues that ″we have no foundation to maintain that His arrival bestows upon us the bravery and the wisdom to strive against injustice and oppression″ if we do not acknowledge the historical Jesus’ humanity.
- Secondly, Cone asserts that ″Jesus is exactly who He claims to be.″ According to what he appears to be saying, the person Jesus has become today is inextricably linked to the person He was yesterday.
- His previous existence confirms His current actuality, which is perceived in the ordinary course of life.
- Consequently, Blacks believed, not only because they believed in the historical Christ’s legitimacy and authenticity, but also because they had a personal experience of Christ in their everyday social lives.
- During their current battle for emancipation in an oppressive society, Christ in the present has assisted and strengthened them.
- They were able to continue fighting for justice because of their encounter with Christ in the present, even though the odds were stacked against them.
Their vision of a decent social order was inextricably bound up with their belief in God’s liberating presence in the person of Jesus Christ.In a third instance, Cone says that ″Jesus is who He will be,″ which expands on the meaning of Christ’s coming into the world.He is ″not only the Crucified and Risen Lord, but also the Lord of the future, who will come again to completely finalize the freedom that is currently taking place in our present,″ according to the New International Version.The faith that Jesus will return to establish divine justice, which arose from a meeting with Christ during the struggle for independence, is known as black hope.
Although Black faith had eschatological promise, it was not an opium-like substance; rather, it was created out of struggle in their current reality.At the end, Cone claims that ″Jesus is a Black man.″ Not a specific hue, but a condition or sensation of oneness is what he is alluding to.The parallel he draws between Christ’s past Jewishness and his current Blackness is a clever one.Cone appears to be implying that, in the same way that the Jews were selected for divine emancipation in history, Blacks are chosen for liberation via Jesus in the present, with complete realization to come in the future.Cone’s perception of Jesus’ blackness is both actual and metaphorical.Christ becomes one with the downtrodden Blacks in the literal meaning of the word.
He bears the burden of their anguish and pain.He is a representation of the Black experience, both symbolically and literally.By shining a strong light on the subjectivity of Black Theology, this work is both enlightening and educational in its own right.
Who is Jesus Christ for us today?
In the United States, deep and horrible divides wrack society.A rational observer is concerned that the sporadic protests and counter-protests, the riots, and gun-toting militias that we have seen this summer could give way to intensified nationwide civil strife in the late fall if either the election’s legitimacy or the winner’s legitimacy is not recognized by all.The presence of self-identified Christians on both sides of the barriers will be evident if this occurs.In the name of everything that is fair and just, and even in the name of Jesus, Christians may possibly kill one another — and this would not be the first time.
- David Gushee is an American actor and director.
- There have been many brilliant social scientists who have attempted to explain the enormous chasm that has grown up amongst Americans.
- Christians, it has been suggested, lack immunity to the virus of social division.
- Some have sought to understand why this appears to be the case.
Elements of the Christian religion that one may have hoped might provide such protection, however, have been completely ineffective.If our love would lead others to believe that we are Christians, then…Well, if the Bible is truly inspired by God, then….What do you do if the church is one and holy, catholic, and apostolic?Neither of these things is preventing mutual incomprehension, discord, and disdain between Red Christians and Blue Christians.One of the most underappreciated reasons of difference among Christians, in my opinion, is disagreements over who Jesus is.
Without a doubt, all Christians profess to believe in Jesus.However, I am confident that the Jesus whom all Christians believe in is not the same person as I am.This means that there are many working versions of Jesus available for public consumption.This is not a brand-new issue.Christians, on the other hand, have not given it the full attention it deserves.The German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer asked a question in 1944 while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp that has since become renowned among fans of his literature.
- ″Who is Jesus Christ for us today?″ asks the title of this article, which has been somewhat altered from the original.
- His search for new reflections on the meaning of Christianity in the context of a world at war, a nation committing genocide, and a German church that had in large part committed itself to Adolf Hitler began at this point.
- Bonhoeffer was not asking a novel question when he asked it.
- As early as 1933, he made it quite plain that no church with any conception of who Jesus is could ever collaborate with a guy like Hitler or a movement like Nazism.
- Bonhoeffer focused his attention on the significance of Christ as well as Nazism as a tempting antichrist doctrine in a variety of ways.
It was either Christ or Hitler; you couldn’t be both at the same time.″If the Nazis realized that no one could follow both Hitler and Christ at the same time, why can’t more Christians understand the same thing?″ says the author.Although Nazi officials publicly said that they were seeking to lure Christians with God-talk and conservative slogans, they privately stated the same thing.If the Nazis recognized that no one could follow both Hitler and Christ at the same time, why aren’t more Christians able to understand the same concept?
Perhaps this was due to the fact that the Christian majority did not comprehend Jesus in the same way that the neo-pagan Nazis did.Perhaps this was due to the fact that Christians were able to develop a version of Jesus that was not incompatible with Hitlerism.That should be a source of great concern for all Christians.It is difficult to know what to make of those who came before us in the religion who were unable to recognize that Jesus and Hitler were fundamentally incompatible.What potentially fatal errors may we be committing as well?
After Evangelicalism is the title of a new book that I’ve authored.I contend that white American ″evangelical″ Christianity is mortally broken, and that this has been the case since the birth of the present incarnation of the religion in the 1940s.It has unquestionably become a conduit for theological and moral ideas and practices that fall far short of the path of Jesus, that cause significant harm to certain groups of people, and that are pushing many people away from their religious beliefs and practices.Both to analyze what has gone wrong and to recommend better paths ahead for a post-evangelical Christianity, my book makes the following claims: As I work my way through these challenges, I find myself arriving to the question of Jesus.
- I look at who Jesus is for white American evangelical Christians, as opposed to who he is in the Bible, to see how they differ.
- ″Three erroneous portrayals of Jesus have emerged from white evangelical Christianity,″ says the author.
- It is my contention that white evangelical Christianity has generated four erroneous portrayals of Jesus.
- Which version of Jesus is provided in distinct churches is heavily influenced by the speaker and the development of local traditions; and, surely, numerous versions of Jesus are presented in a single church at different periods.
Here is a list of pseudo-Jesuses that I’ve come up with: Jesus, the Crucified and Risen Savior The fundamental purpose of this Jesus’s coming into this dark world is to die on the cross in order for us believers to be forgiven of our sins and to be able to get into the kingdom of heaven when we die.This was the predominant version of Jesus that I was originally introduced to as a child growing up in Southern Baptist religion.Jesus cares about you and gave his life on the cross to atone for your sins.This Jesus may easily be traced back to the New Testament, but not just to the synoptic Gospels in this case.The writings of Paul, as well as the Gospel of John, provide as a foundation for this image of Jesus.In terms of the New Testament, he is a Jesus who can be defended.
However, there is a lot that is missing from this depiction of Jesus.To be more specific, this Jesus is devoid of any required moral substance.In fact, Jesus doesn’t require very anything from believers other than their belief.He isn’t much concerned about anything other than his own everlasting salvation.This Jesus has the ability to generate churches full of people who feel they are saved but have no notion whether or not Jesus has anything to say about how we live our lives in the present day.Because of this, we will have to go elsewhere for moral principles for both individuals and society as a whole.
- ″Elsewhere″ is a potentially perilous place.
- The Hallmark Channel’s Christmas special Jesus.
- This is the kind, attentive, and ruggedly attractive gentleman about whom we sing from the rooftops from time to time.
- When we pray, ″hold me,″ we are referring to the Jesus who is present ″when I am weak and he is strong,″ and who is present ″when I am down and he pulls me up.″ This Jesus is the finest (platonic) lover or bro-friend I could ever want to have; he is the one who is always there for me, who is my comforter and encourager in times of need.
- He also has a wonderful Christmas-related business, which is an added bonus.
(This is a parody of the Hallmark Christmas movies, which typically feature a lonely guy in a charming tiny town who operates something like a mistletoe shop or candy cane business and is looking for a good wife to complete his family.This is a highly sentimentalized Jesus, whose primary function is to provide emotional stability in the face of adversity.This is a Jesus who, once again, does not impose moral requirements.He does not assist me in considering what religion needs in terms of behavior.
He only wants to soothe me and make a good impression in flannel.Jesus is a God who desires for you to succeed.This current Jesus is a standard evangelical Jesus from megachurches.This is the Jesus who, according to suburban evangelicalism, delivers success ideas for leadership and life to upwardly-mobile young professionals who are seeking to achieve their goals.In the world of prosperity gospel, this is the Jesus who desires for you to be as wealthy, beautiful, and slim as the attractive leaders on stage.There appears to be little connection between this Jesus and the Jesus of the New Testament.
This is also not a Jesus who could assist me in comprehending why I can’t follow both Hitler and Jesus at the same time, as some have suggested.Jesus is a blank canvas that may be filled with whatever we want.This Jesus, having been so thoroughly separated from his Jewish roots, his narrative of himself, and any New Testament portrayals, is only a shell, symbol, or totem, as opposed to anything more substantial.This is a Jesus who is always accessible to be filled with whatever substance we choose to place in his mouth at any time.It is only via a deliberate rejection of the Jesus found in the Gospels that one may get to this Jesus.
- Either we ignore him or we find methods to skirt around what he has said, diluting his theological vision and moral demands as much as possible, slicing away everything that would have a hold on our attention or our actions.
- ″A ‘Vacant Jesus’ is more than simply a waste of time.
- He has the potential to be positively damaging.″ This Vacant Jesus is not only ineffective, but also dangerous.
- He has the potential to be positively damaging.
- Among the possibilities are the Jesus of the KKK, the Race God Savior of My People Only, the MAGA Jesus, the Football Jesus, the Corporate Jesus, and the Straight White American Jesus, among many more.
- Vacant Jesus is always accessible to serve as the totem of my tribe, my class, my race, or my political party, and to provide ultimate religious justification for whatever it is that I am most deeply committed to believing in or practicing.
- The most dangerous aspect about Vacant Jesus is that we may use him to subvert the genuine demands of the real Jesus, which is really hazardous.
Jesus according to Jesus
For my work, I chose to look into what New Testament academics are saying about Jesus at the present day.When I was finished with the work, I turned to a British scholar named James Dunn, a highly regarded academic who passed away shortly after I finished the book.Jesus, the title of Dunn’s final work, which he penned in his final year of writing, is a novel about a little boy who grows up in a Christian family.As stated in the New Testament, he accepts that the New Testament has a variety of depictions of Jesus — however none of them are Hallmark Jesuses such as Success Jesuses or Vacant Jesuses, for example.
- He focuses on what he refers to as ″Jesus according to Jesus,″ which is the central picture of Jesus himself as provided in the synoptic Gospels (the four gospels).
- This was the appearance of Jesus at his very core, at his most fundamental level:
- The Love Commandment was developed and expressed by Jesus as the ultimate declaration of moral obligation: love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself
- Jesus placed a special emphasis on helping the poor and the needy. The evidence of this was evident in his sermons, his parables, and his conduct
- Jesus welcomed sinners into his home. In addition, he emphasized that God is the one who welcomes sinners. This generated criticism since it went against the expectations of many around him
- Jesus was demonstrating his willingness to welcome Gentiles into his community. It was Jesus who taught that many people would come from all directions to the messianic banquet, and it was Jesus who ministered to many Gentiles. After his resurrection, Jesus instructed his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. It was Jesus who included women among his close followers. The role of women in Jesus’ mission was critical, and he included them in his band of followers, ministered to them in the same way that he did to men, and appeared to them after his resurrection. He also displayed openness and love for children during his career. People brought ill children to Jesus, and he was able to heal them all. The disciples’ attempts to scare them away were rebuffed by the Lord. A certain type of naïve childlikeness was raised in his presence, and Jesus loosened Jewish dietary requirements as well as related purity regulations. He placed greater emphasis on internal purity rather than exterior cleanliness
- he also founded the Lord’s Supper. A lasting memory of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples has become an important component of Christian tradition since its inception, serving as a link between the ministry of Jesus, his death, and the practice of his followers. Jesus preached the kingdom of God, which he understood to be already manifest in his ministry but with a grand culmination yet to come. He provided powerful, authoritative teaching and was noted for his memorable parables
- Jesus healed and exorcised demons through the power of the Holy Spirit
- Jesus understood himself as a messiah sent by God his loving Father, anointed by the Spirit, and coming as the Messiah of Israel
- Jesus understood that, contrary to popular expectation, his messiahship would mean suffering, rejection, and death rather than triumph
- Jesus understood that, contrary to popular expectation, his messiahship would mean suffering, He had anticipated dying in Jerusalem, and he did so
Take a moment to evaluate this list in the context of the four evangelical Jesuses that I introduced earlier in this article. Would you agree that the fact that there are so few points of contact between any of those evangelical Jesuses and the narratives of Jesus that we have just read is a bit concerning?
Who is Jesus Christ for us today?
Let me conclude by stating that there are basically three main alternatives when it comes to how we view the person of Jesus.First and foremost, there is Jesus as revealed by Jesus, who may be found in the very first stratum of Christian tradition.The Jesus who came to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of God.Jesus the radical, apocalyptic, healing, and prophetic figure that he is.
- The Jesus who stood up to the authorities of his day out of passionate love for the poor, sinners, Gentiles, women, children, and all those who are oppressed, and who went all the way to the crucifixion in order to show that love.
- Not only did this Jesus call for faith, but also for imitation and adherence to his manner of life, which was loaded with particular moral content as well as a moral demand.
- ″Jesus demanded for more than just belief; he also asked for imitation and adherence to his way of life,″ says the author.
- Then there is the Crucified Savior Jesus, who is shown in the New Testament but who is absent from the synoptic Gospels for a variety of reasons.
Christ’s death on the cross serves as an atonement for the sins of the world.The picture presented here is likely biblically sound, but it mostly misses the Jesus we encounter in the synoptic Gospels and provides little counsel for everyday living in the process.Last but not least, there’s the Jesus that we Christians have very much invented ourselves.It’s easy to see how the Jesus of the New Testament might be transformed into a vehicle for hellish ideals or opiate complacency when we’re so removed from Jesus and so far removed from the New Testament.It is possible for any form of Christianity to become morally void, susceptible to temptation, and ultimately collapse if the primordial Jesus of the Gospels is lost.To the Jesus we encounter in the synoptic Gospels’ primary core, I call for a fresh wind of study, preaching, and discipleship recommitment to the one who is revealed in the Gospels’ primary core.
This is the preacher of the impending reign of God who is prophetic, radical, just, forceful, and uncompromising in his message.Who both instructs and demonstrates how we should spend our lives.The one who makes it very apparent that we cannot serve him and anybody else at the same time.David Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, where he also serves as the head of the Center for Theology and Public Life.He has served as president of the American Academy of Religion as well as the Society of Christian Ethics in the past.He has written or edited a total of 25 books.
- His most well-known works include Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, and Changing Our Mind.
- He is also the author of other books.
- Union Seminary awarded him a Ph.D.
- in theology.
- He and his wife, Jeanie, are residents of Atlanta, Georgia.
Descended from Jesus? Do the math
Is it possible that Jesus had a secret line of descendants who are still alive today?It’s a strangely intriguing concept.In our culture, we prefer to conceive of lineage in terms of bloodlines, with some persons descending from renowned forebears and others not.Furthermore, the concept is reminiscent of deeper theological issues concerning individuals and communities who are favored by God.
- However, this is one of the ideas in ″The Da Vinci Code,″ which premieres in theaters throughout the world today, that just cannot be accepted.
- It was impossible for Jesus to have only a few live descendants today.
- If anybody alive now is a descendant of Jesus, then the vast majority of people on the earth are as well.
- This absurd-sounding remark is an unavoidable result of the workings of ancestry.
It is not a joke.People may have just a few descendants in the first two or three generations following their deaths, but the number of descendants increases dramatically after that.In order for a population to maintain its current size, every adult must have an average of two children who grow up to be adults and have children of their own.As a result, the typical person’s number of descendants increases exponentially – two children, four grandkids, eight great-grandchildren, and so on.An average individual can have more than 1,000 descendants in as little as 10 generations, or around 250 years, if they live long enough.Of course, there is no such thing as an average person.
Some people have a large number of children, while others have none.However, over time, the fecund and the barren are able to balance one another out.In addition, the descendants of a person ultimately begin to have offspring with one another.A person’s descendants develop at a slower pace, but this is typically not a significant difference, at least in the short term.The ″management″ of a genealogical lineage in order for a person to have just a restricted number of descendants is almost impossible.In the rare instance when all of a person’s descendants do not have offspring, the bloodline would go extinct in a short period of time (or their children die).
- In addition, a controlled lineage would ultimately ″leak″ – someone would begin producing children at a regular pace, and the normal process of expansion would begin.
- In genuine genealogies, a person’s descendants either die out after a few generations or start growing exponentially after a few generations.
- It’s for this reason that those who arrived in America on the Mayflower have thousands of descendants today.
- People who lived only a few centuries ago had a large number of descendants, numbering in the millions.
- All of the same observations might be made about Jesus, but we will never know whether or not he had children.
Nonetheless, let us assume that he did, and that his descendants were in fact few compared to the general population – say, 500 in the year AD 250.What kind of home would they have had?The Roman Empire was undergoing a period of immense upheaval during those years.Although the majority of Jesus’ descendants would have resided in the Middle East, at least a few would have traveled as far as modern-day Italy and central Asia to find work (whether as soldiers, traders or slaves).
Many of these individuals would have had 500 to 1,000 descendants by the time they lived to be 250 years old.And it is likely that these tens of thousands of descendants of Jesus were dispersed over trade routes that stretched from western Europe to southern Africa and eastern Asia.After another 250 years, Jesus would have a large number of descendants, perhaps millions.The globe begins to fill up with descendants of Jesus once five more iterations of this cycle have been completed.In the long term, whether or not you have offspring is essentially a binary decision, as two coauthors and I demonstrated in a paper published in the scientific magazine Nature a couple of years ago.Having four or five grandkids nearly ensures that a person will be an ancestor of the whole world population two or three millennia from today, if that person has four or five grandchildren.
A person who lived more than two or three millennia ago is either an ancestor of everyone living now or an ancestor of no one living today, depending on how long that person lived.It takes some getting used to the thought that we may all be descended from Jesus and his apostles.If we’re all sprung from Jesus, and he’s the son of God, that’s a pretty impressive lineage to come from, don’t you think?But be careful not to let it get to your head.For as long as Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot generated the required four or five grandchildren, you’re also descended from those two men.
- Our ancestors ranged from beggars to monarchs, judges to murderers, merchants to slaves, and everything in between.
- We’re entangled in the webs of our ancestors – a large, convoluted, and occasionally dysfunctional family.
Family of Jesus around TODAY? Shock claims the Da Vinci Code was true
CAN IT BE PROVEN THAT JESUS HAS A SECRET LINE OF DESCENDANTS LIVING RIGHT NOW?A strangely alluring concept, to be sure!In our society, we prefer to conceive about lineage in terms of bloodlines, with some persons descending from renowned forebears and others not.The concept also mirrors deeper theological concerns about God favoring people and communities.
- In ″The Da Vinci Code,″ which premieres in theaters across the world today, there is one theory in particular that does not hold up.
- Only a few descendants of Jesus could have survived to the present day, couldn’t he?
- Most individuals on the earth are descended from Jesus if anyone alive today is descended from him.
- As a result of the workings of ancestry, this absurd-sounding assertion is an unavoidable byproduct.
A person’s descendants may number in the hundreds in the first two or three generations following their death, but the number of descendants increases dramatically after that..It takes an average of two children born to every adult for a population to stay stable at its current level.These children must then grow up and produce offspring of their own.This results in an exponential increase in the typical person’s number of descendants: two children, four grandkids, eight great-grandchildren, and so on.An average individual may have more than 1,000 descendants in just ten generations, or around 250 years.There is no such thing as an ordinary person.
A large number of people have children, whereas others have none.The fecund and the barren eventually balance each other out, albeit it takes time.As a result, a person’s descendants begin to have children with one another throughout time.A person’s descendants develop at a slower pace, but this is typically not a significant difference, at least in the short run.The ″management″ of a genealogical lineage in order for a person to have just a restricted number of descendants is nearly difficult to do on a practical level.After the rare instance when all of a person’s descendants do not produce children, the bloodline would go extinct in a generation or two (or their children die).
- In addition, a controlled lineage would ultimately ″leak″ – someone would begin having children at a natural pace, and the normal process of expansion would start up again.
- A person’s descendants may die out after a few generations or start growing exponentially in real life genealogies, depending on the situation.
- Thus, individuals who arrived to America on the Mayflower have left behind thousands of descendants to this day.
- There are many millions of descendants of people who lived just a few centuries ago.
- In the case of Jesus, the same observations would apply, but we’ll never know whether or not he had any children.
Nonetheless, let us assume that he did, and that his descendants were in fact few compared to the general population – say, 500 by the year AD 250.What would have been their place of residence?There was a lot of upheaval in the Roman Empire over those ages!Although most of Jesus’ ancestors would have resided in the Middle East, at least a few would have migrated as far as modern-day Italy and central Asia, according to historical evidence (whether as soldiers, traders or slaves).
The descendants of many of these individuals would have number between 500 and 1,000 250 years later.This large number of Jesus descendants would have been dispersed over trade routes that ran from western Europe to southern Africa and eastern Asia, for the most part.After another 250 years, Jesus would have a large number of descendents, maybe millions.The earth begins to fill up with descendants of Jesus after five more iterations of this cycle have been repeated.As two coauthors and I demonstrated in a paper published in the scientific magazine Nature a couple of years ago, whether or not you have offspring is essentially a binary decision in the long term.If a person has four or five grandkids, it is almost guaranteed that that person will be an ancestor of the whole world population two or three millennia from now, if not sooner.
A person who lived more than two or three millennia ago is either an ancestor of everyone alive now or an ancestor of no one alive today, depending on how long that person lived.It takes some getting used to the notion that we may all be descended from Jesus.If we’re all descended from Jesus, and he’s the son of God, that’s a very impressive lineage to have come down from.You must avoid, though, getting carried away.For as long as Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot generated the required four or five grandchildren, you’re also descended from them.
- Our ancestors ranged from beggars to monarchs, judges to murderers, merchants to slaves, among other things.
- In the webs of family history, we are entangled in a large, complicated, and occasionally dysfunctional family.
Who’s Counting: Jesus’ Descendants
Posted on June 3, 2006 – – This month’s Who’s Counting looks at three tales from the news that are significantly different from one another.″The Da Vinci Code″ by Dan Brown and the film of the same name are the subject of the first question.A direct descendant of Jesus is believed to be living today, according to the concept of the novel.Jesus married and had children, according to the novel.
However, according to probability theory, if Jesus had any offspring, his biological line would almost probably have either died out within a relatively short period of time or would have multiplied exponentially, resulting in many millions of individuals alive now being direct descendants of Jesus.Of course, this is not a characteristic that can be traced back to Jesus’ lineage.It is possible that if Julius Caesar’s children and their descendants had not perished, many millions of individuals alive now would be able to claim that they are descended from Caesar.The same may be said of the terrible Caligula, as well as of many other