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The Historic Jesus

Jesus' Humanity Apologetics Witness

Source: ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, by Josephus, Book 18, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Author: Josephus
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ILLUSTRATION

Josephus, a Jewish historian of the mid to later first century, was not a Christian.  It was not his purpose to proselytize or perpetuate the claims of Christ.  Rather, he was a respected chronicler of the events of his day, as evidenced by his works having been accepted by the Imperial Library in Rome. He had this assessment of Christ: 

“Now there was about this time of the rule of Pontius Pilate, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call Him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure.  He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles.  He was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those who loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold … and the tribe of Christians so named after him is not extinct at this day.”

Quoted from ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, by Josephus, Book 18, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.

APPLICATION

Many have attempted to disparage Jesus’ role in history by claiming him to be extra-historical, mythical, or perhaps simply a composite representation of various cult personalities and philosophies of the day.  These claims, however, do not hold up in light of the testimony of those who were there and who recorded history. 

Ben Affleck Embarrassed By Slave Owner Ancestor

Humility Self-righteousness Jesus' Humanity

Source: “E-mail shows Ben Affleck asked PBS to censor slave-owning ancestry” By Mark Shanahan, GLOBE STAFF , posted BostonGlobe.com, APRIL 19, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Matthew 1:1 ; Luke 3:23

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“A hacked Sony e-mail posted by WikiLeaks … reveals that Ben Affleck demanded that the PBS show ‘Finding Your Roots’ remove the fact that one of the actor’s ancestors owned slaves,” reports the Boston Globe.

In a July 22, 2014, e-mail, the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., asked Sony USA boss Michael Lynton what he should do about Affleck’s request: “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” Lynton advised that the revelation be removed. “I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky.”

In response to the leaked emails, Affleck apologized for having made the request and admitted that he was embarrassed by his slave owning relative and wanted to distance himself from him.

APPLICATION

If PBS was to do a documentary on finding Jesus’ roots, what do you suppose they’d find? He’s the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, so surely His pedigree is perfect, right? Wrong!

Rahab was a prostitute.

King David was an adulterer and murderer.

Truth be told, ALL of Jesus’ ancestors were imperfect, sinful souls simply because ALL human beings are imperfect, sinful souls.

What if this news gets out?! He's a megastar! It could ruin Him!

But Jesus wasn’t embarrassed by his pedigree. He didn't want to distance Himself from it. Rather, He embraced it, acknowledging that God uses imperfect, improbable, even undesirable characters to accomplish his purposes.

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham …” (Matthew 1:1, ESV).

“Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph … “ (Luke 3:23, ESV).

The Tone Deaf and Oblivious Ms. Paltrow

Empathy Jesus' Sacrifice Jesus' Humanity

Source: "A working mom’s open letter to Gwyneth" By Mackenzie Dawson, published NY POST, March 27, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-29

Scripture: Philippians 2:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Gwyneth Paltrow, one of today's more polarizing celebrities, recently infuriated mothers the world over with her comments about how hard it is to be a working mom in Hollywood. It wasn't her claim that being a working mom was hard that set off the Paltrow haters. It was her assertion that it was harder for her to be a working mom (a multi-millionaire with a full staff of caretakers, chauffeurs, housekeepers, money managers, make-up artists, etc., etc., etc., who chooses to only work once a year) than it is for your average mom working 9-5 at a "regular" job. That's when the Twitter-sphere and other social media went crazy, as all the "regular" working moms began to tell her just what they think of her claim.

So what exactly did she say?

"It's much harder for me," she said. “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening … When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day, and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”

One mom with a "regular" job was even prompted to write an open letter to Paltrow which was published in the NY POST. Her comments, in part, read:

“Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year” is what I say to myself pretty much every morning as I wait on a windy Metro-North platform, about to begin my 45-minute commute into the city. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra.

The author, Mackenzie Dawson, followed up on Friday, stating she has "no ill will" towards Paltrow:

I just wish Gwyneth weren't quite so tone-deaf. When you're fortunate — and I count myself in this, as someone who has a loving husband and family, good health, no debt, a job I love, and a supportive network of relatives and friends — you have an extra responsibility to be empathetic and grateful and, in general, not oblivious.

So there's the real sticking point: The fact that one as privileged as Ms. Paltrow would be so "oblivious" and so lacking in empathy with the challenges and concerns of others.

APPLICATION

Jesus Himself set the ultimate example of empathy when He--One so eternally and infinitely privileged--condescended to become human to fully experience our pain, our shame, our deepest needs, then submitted Himself to death on the cross to make life--not to mention eternity--better for us, even at His own expense.

Jesus was anything but "tone deaf" to our cries for help or "oblivious" to our need when He submitted Himself to the horrors of His Passion. It was this very empathy, this approachability and identifiability that made Jesus so appealing to the humble in heart and so repulsive to the proud.

It turns out He was even more polarizing than Ms. Paltrow. 

"He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross" (Philippians 2:7-8, NLT).

Love That Stoops Is Grace

Grace Love (Divine) Jesus' Humanity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-29

Scripture: Philippians 2:6

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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Just Breathe

God's Presence Glorify God Jesus' Humanity

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2013-07-16

Scripture: Psalms 150:6

Author: Richard Swenson
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What God Looks Like

God the Father God's Image Jesus' Humanity

Contributed By: David Decker | Date Posted: 2013-02-10

Scripture: John 14:9 ; John 1:18

Author: David Decker / Illustration Exchange
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The Paradox of Christ

Jesus' Humanity Jesus, Savior Mystery

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-08-09

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

Author: Gregory of Nazianzus
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The Hypostatic Union - The God-Man

Jesus' Deity Jesus' Humanity Incarnation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-05

Scripture: John 1:14

Author: John Chrysostrom
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From One Father to Another

Christmas Fatherhood Jesus' Humanity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-11-28

Scripture: Matthew 1:20

Author: Max Lucado
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Incomplete Beings

Spirituality Jesus' Humanity Resurrection

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-08-30

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:43

Author: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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