|Jesus Christ -- Eduard Manet (1864)|
When he met a painful and humiliating death, it seemed that for all his charisma, Jesus had been a failure.
The Resurrection dramatically altered this estimate. Now he was special to the point of being unique. But how special, and in what way? John’s Gospel is far more centered on this issue than the other three. Most especially, it records long speeches where Jesus talks at length about who he is, and what his relationship to God is. It is plausible to think that these speeches in the first person – “I am” -- look back on the historical Jesus with the benefit of Resurrection hindsight. They record the profound theological insights that a follower of Jesus was compelled to come to in his struggle to understand the full significance of Christ.
|Christ Blessing -- Antonello de Messina (1475)|