Jesus Christ, Born of the Jews

!!JesuIn the New Testament, the theme of the descent of the divine Glory to earth continues, but in a radically different key; for, in Christian thought, God comes to dwell among human beings not merely in the awesome but intangible form of the Shekhinah, but as a concrete presence, a living man.

Thus, in the Gospel of Luke, when the angel of the annunciation tells Mary of the conception of Jesus in her womb, his language clearly recalls the cloud of darkness that used to attend the Lord’s entry into his house: ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee … ’ (Luke 1:35). The Gospel of John proclaims that, in becoming flesh, the divine Son literally ‘tabernacled’ among us – ‘and we beheld his Glory, the Glory of the only begotten of the Father’ (John 1:14). Jesus likens himself to the Temple. And all three of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) tell of Christ’s Transfiguration, when the Glory of his divinity briefly became visible through the veil of his humanity.

Bentley Hart, David. The Story of Christianity . Quercus Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

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