Saturday, May 25, 2019
Jesus as Messiah, Prophet and Son of Man
deliverer, being both divine and gentle, is attributed the roles of christ, prophet and intelligence of Man. The three roles ar distinct from each new(prenominal) but the role of Messiah is the most controversial of the three because of the difference between Judaic expectation and deliverer adjustment of the role. On the other hand, the roles Prophet and Son of Man ar more than easily acceptable by any culture or religion as they view the historical Jesus, but each is no less important. Jesus prophetic role enables him to become a direct messenger from graven image, and his charitableity provides empathy with human attitudes and feelings. His benignity withal emphasizes that his ability to feel pain contributes to the reality of his sacrifice during his suffering, and death by crucifixion.Jesus is the Son in the Holy Trinity and this gives him the identity of God incarnate, being both human and divine. Though through Jesus omniscient messianic role, the prophetic role i s already expected, there are aspects about his ministry that neck the role of Messiah from the role of prophet. Moreover, while these are divine facets of Jesus, his identity as the Son of Man, or being truly human, is equally important because it gives more importance to his sacrifices, especially his death by crucifixion. Meanwhile, Jesus complies with the general description of the prophesied Judaic Messiah (Croatto, 2005, p. 464), having been born as a descendant of David, but the Jews are expecting more in terms of a Messiah who will save his volume from physical bondage.Jesus is recognized more as the Messiah rather than a prophet, because it is through being the Messiah that he is able to save while as a prophet he merely foretells what is to come, like many other prophets. However, Jesus role as Messiah has become the most controversial of his facets. The Jewish multitude are more ready to accept Jesus as a fully human prophet than being the actual Messiah because of the different expectations attached by the Jews to the role of Messiah All the prophets affirmed that the Messiah will redeem Israel, save them, gather their dispersed, and confirm the commandments.But he caused Israel to be destroyed by the sword, their remnant to be dispersed and humiliated (Wolf, 2001, p. 370). In their spacious suffering, the Jews have longed for a Savior that will fight physically in order to save them, like a much more powerful version of human pooves. Jesus, on the other hand, has come to die for peoples sins, to save the soul instead of the body. His messianic role also involves healing. Jesus marvellous deeds in Matthew, therefore, are replete with eschatological signifi arseholece and point to Jesus messianic identity (Cousland, 2003, p. 770) people have waited for a Messiah who tail assembly heal. There are many instances in the bible which refers to Jesus healing of physical afflictions along with spiritual ones.He has raised people from the dead, has c ured life-threatening diseases and has released demons from the bodies of those impaired both spiritually and physically. He therefore, has demonstrated apt evidence that support his messianic identity. Nevertheless, in a time of conflict and doubt, this is not apparent to people who have hungered for someone who can liberate them and have waited for so long for the fulfillment of a prophesied warrior who will bring about justice and peace. As a result, Jesus has been tagged as a Messianic pretender (Wolf, 2001, p. 370).Jesus role of Prophet is prevalent in the Gospel of Luke. Though overshadowed by his Messianic role, it is a more tangible role that is also supported by prophecy, particularly in Deuteronomy. Jesus is described as the new Moses and a Teacher (Croatto, 2005, p. 454). It is also important to know that Jesus has described himself as prophet in Luke 1333, and is a healer-preacher like the prophet Elijah. As a prophet, the historical Jesus is compared to past prophets l ike Moses and Elijah. The prophet Jesus is the paradigm for the Christian prophetic mission.To see Christ, the Messiah, as heavenly king and monarch is not very equal today, because of so many sad experiences of many monarchies in our world (Croatto, 2005, p. 465). This means that during these times, the image of Jesus as prophet is more important. It can become a practical framework for modern prophets or missionaries intent in spreading the word of God. In todays world, monarchs and other political leaders are regarded with some trepidation or criticism. The Jews of Jesus time may be longing for a Messiah who will rule as a king but todays people will want to hear a preacher or to go to a healer. Croattos statement can also mean that Jesus interpretation of his role of Messiah through his work as prophet and healer is a good manifestation of messianic identity.As has been mentioned earlier, Jesus role of Son of Man, or being truly human, adds to the magnitude of his works. It is curious then to know the implications if Jesus come to the world of his people as a purely divine Messiah without a true understanding of the human condition, instead of becoming God turned Man. In becoming the Son of Man, he fully empathizes with his people but it also means that he is not the warrior king that everyone has been expecting from a divine Messiah. Furthermore, Jesus has become truly human to become a good example to his people of what it is to be truly human. The essence of divinity is fully realized humanity. Therefore, only God is truly human, and the proletariat set before human beings are to become human as God is humanJesus serves as our model of true humanity (Burkett, may 2002, p. 43).Jesus is Messiah, Prophet and Son of Man, human and divine, and these aspects of his role in the world is emphasized by his preaching and healing. Though Jesus is not the Savior that the Jewish people have expected, his Messianic role and prophetic mission are supported by the S criptures. His Messianic role is manifested in his healing, his prophetic mission through his teachings and his humanity through a direct understanding of the human condition.ReferencesBIBLIOGRAPHY l 1033 Burkett, D. (May 2002). Our Man Jesus. Christian Century , 43-46.Cousland, J. (2003). Book Review Messiah, the Healer of the Sick A resume of Jesus as the Son David in the Gospel of Matthew. Journal of Biblical Literature , 768-771.Croatto, J. S. (2005). 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