From Jesus to Christ? – Luke 24

          There is a TV documentary called “From Jesus to Christ.”  The idea of this PBS series is that Jesus was really a simple teacher, a rabbi who preached a simple spirituality.  Then along came Paul, and Paul changed Jesus into the Christ, the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer.

The assumptions of the scholars that think this way is that there can be no miracles.  All that exists comes about by the natural process of evolution.  We can explain mountains, stars, and duck-billed platypuses all by the gradual change in things over time.  So then, that is how Jesus a man became Jesus the Son of God.

There is another way to explain these things.  It does involve a miracle.  Probably we have to say it involves a history of Miracles.  And the one who took the idea of Jesus the man and showed him to be Jesus the son of God is in fact Jesus.  This is what we learn from Luke 24.     Luke does not tell us what it was that Jesus told the 2 on the Road to Emmaus – but he does tell us that Jesus told them, and later the groups of disciples a new way to read the bible and a new way to Know Jesus.

Luke 24:25-27   “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” 

This is repeated with the 2 plus the 11 Apostles (minus Judas)

While these two were telling the 11 what had happened, and they were talking about it. Jesus appeared with them.  They were talking about Jesus, and then they were with Jesus.  They at first thought they saw a ghost.

So Jesus gave them some concrete evidence.  Look at my hands and feet.  The marks of his crucifixion remained as testament to what had happened.  Then he asked for some food.  They gave him fish.

The Point? Ghosts do not have bodies and they do not eat fish.

Now came the bible study again:

                44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Again he shows them from the Law, the Prophets and the Writings – which are headed by the Psalms, all that was said about him. Then he sent them to tell the story.

Where did Jesus go from Jesus to Christ, the son of God?  It happened on Easter Sunday.  It happened long before Paul came along.  Paul did preach Jesus as the Christ – everyone knows this as it is a matter of historical record.

But years before Paul, starting on Easter, the Disciples began to preach Jesus and the Savior and the Son of God.


3 thoughts on “From Jesus to Christ? – Luke 24

  1. I like most of your post, but I have a few criticisms. The Jesus Seminar rejects the notion that the gospel of Luke is a completely reliable source of historical Jesus information. The fact is, most non-Christians don’t trust scripture as a historical record. So, how do you respond with a defense of resurrection without using the Bible? Or, how do you prove the reliability of the gospels and writings supposedly written by Paul?

    Also, your question, “Where did Jesus go from Jesus to Christ, the son of God?” I would challenge your answer and put forward that Jesus was Christ, the son of God in eternity past. Jesus is present at creation (Col 1:16). The beginning of John says that Jesus was in the beginning and was with God in the beginning and was, in fact God. It also said that all things were created through Jesus and that nothing came into existence, but by Jesus. Jesus was the son of God long before Easter.

    Other than that, I appreciate what you have to say and enjoyed your blog!

    BTW, if you want to read more about how the Jesus Seminar that put on the PBS special is poor scholarship, read Jesus Under Fire by Michael Wilkerson or Fabricating Jesus by Craig Evans.

  2. I agree with the point that Jesus was always the Son of God, my point went more to how he was understood by his followers and how they were able to speak of him with after Easter.

    I have not spent much time pondering the Jesus Seminar, mainly because of how it is/was constructed. It seemed designed to get news media attention, and is not really a legitimate academic enterprise.

    Scripture is, really our main source for understanding who Jesus is. If we doubt the witnesses we have, i think it very unlikely that from 2000 years later we can get a better picture. I like the work from the 30s by Machen on how there was an apostolic tradition of the Gospel by the date of I Cor 15 – this “tradition” was received by Paul and passed on. That does not leave time for the evolutionary development of a mythic resurrection.

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