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Jesus Is the Sinless Son of God (4 of 10)
Series: "Who Is Jesus?"
April 3, 2005
1. The Declaration of His Sinlessness
2. The Affirmation of His Sinlessness
3. The Estimation of His Sinlessness
The cover of Time magazine, August 15, 1988 contained a mosaic of Jesus which contained the question, "WHO WAS JESUS? As I stated in an earlier study in which I referred to a Life magazine article that asked the same question, the wrong question is asked. The question is not, "Who Was Jesus?" but WHO IS JESUS! Let me put it this way; Jesus is not a "was" Jesus. He is an "is" Jesus.
The article, written by Richard Ostling, was in response to Martin Scorsese's movie, "The Last Temptation of Christ," that came out in the summer of 1988. The movie was purely garbage and filled with blasphemy. It was a movie that portrayed Christ as one who sins, or at least thinks he sins, and needs forgiveness, paying with his life for his own sins. It portrayed Jesus possessed and lusting after Mary Magdalene, and even contained a scene in which he dreams they are married and portrayed Jesus in an unthinkable way.
The article asks: "How is Jesus to be understood? Did he stride out of the wilderness 2,000 years ago to preach a gentle message of peace and brotherhood? Or did he perhaps advocate some form of revolution? Or did he instead look for heavenly intervention to establish the kingdom of God? What did it mean for Jesus to be tempted by sin? When did he realize that his mission would end with death upon a cross? Did he view himself as the promised Messiah? Did he understand himself to be both God and man, and what imponderable struggles of the soul would that have meant for him during his sojourn on earth?"
Later in the article we read, "The attempt by modern scholars to ferret out the real, historical Nazarene from the supposedly embellished accounts in the Bible--a process known as the historical-critical method, or 'higher criticism'--has resulte ...
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