JESUS IS ONE OF US:
Recovering God’s Firstborn, Glorified, and Completed Human
The relationship between God and Jesus is the means and the model for God’s renewal of humanity. Jesus is the “firstborn” of God’s future human society, but he will not be the last. God’s purpose is to have a family made up of the completed and glorified humans we were always meant to become. What an exciting future God is planning for us!
Human potential in the hands of God exceeds our wildest imagination. Although Jesus’s roles and titles are often seen as separating him from the rest of us humans, they actually embed him deeply in our humanity. Jesus was, is, and always will be one of us. Becoming completed humans like Jesus is a road we are called to travel, as we learn to increasingly depend upon God’s promise to provide the gifts of forgiveness and empowerment. Let’s take the journey together with our brother who is “the Son of God” and “the Son of Man (Humanity).”
TRUTH, TEARS, TURNING, and TRUSTING:
A Pastor’s Plea to End Our Ongoing Anti-Semitism and Anti-Judaism
To a startling extent, we Christians have related, and still relate, to Jewish people in ways that encourage anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism.
We often do this as we exegete the Bible in our sermons, classrooms, and books. Our sins against Jews can be just as horrendous when they flow from our ignorance, arrogance, and privilege as when they are the expression of outright prejudices.
This book is a plea for Christians to live up to the challenge Jesus, as well as the great writing prophets of the Old Testament, set for us. We must learn to the the truth rather than hiding from it, to shed the tears of broken hearts, choose turning from our old ways to new paths, and practice trusting that God will bless the efforts. Although the author believes it is important to know that the mostly Jewish writers of the New Testament were not rejecting their Jewish roots, and certainly were not anti-Semitic, he acknowledges that church history ensures that there is almost no other way to hear some passages today.
We can choose a new path that honors Jesus and honors all we owe the Jewish people past and present.
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