Over at the Raven Foundation blog, my friend, Adam Ericksen, has a terrific post about the inherently political nature of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection. Adam reminds us of the historical-political-social context of the time, specifically how words and titles we Christians use for Jesus were first used for Caesar. Words and titles like:
‘Divine,’ ‘Son of God,’ ‘God,’ and ‘God from God,’ ‘Lord,’ ‘Redeemer,’ ‘Liberator,’ and ‘Savior of the World’
I fully admit that those names and titles [for Jesus] weren’t original, but they were high political treason. Which makes the early Christians officially B.A. In claiming “Jesus is Lord, God, Son of God, and Savior of the world,” they were saying “Caesar is not.” In claiming that Jesus is the “way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) they were subverting Caesar’s way of violence. [READ MORE]
My questions are: Why is the historical context of those important words and titles for Jesus not widely taught?
In other words, how might more 21st century followers of God in the Way of Jesus become B.A. like our ancestors in the faith?