Simply Jesus

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Opening section of the book, Simply Jesus, by N.T. Wright.

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  • Simply Jesus

    1. 1. Dick Robinson RiverWind Global 262-327-4243 dickrobinson@mac.comwww.riverwindglobal.net/simply_jesus/
    2. 2. Wright’s Goal…“…putting together, layer upon layer…what I thought might help someone who really wanted to find the way to Jesus, to Jesus as he really was, and so to find the way through Jesus both to God himself and toa life in which ‘following Jesus’ would make sense.” (p. xi)
    3. 3. my goal(s)…
    4. 4. my goal(s)…For us to know how to read the Bible moreclearly
    5. 5. my goal(s)…For us to know how to read the Bible moreclearlyFor us to come away with a betterunderstanding of Jesus
    6. 6. my goal(s)…For us to know how to read the Bible moreclearlyFor us to come away with a betterunderstanding of JesusFor us to come away with a bigger view ofGod
    7. 7. my goal(s)…For us to know how to read the Bible moreclearlyFor us to come away with a betterunderstanding of JesusFor us to come away with a bigger view ofGodFor us to live more productively as followersof Jesus in God’s world
    8. 8. Tom Wright N.T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years, Wright taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of…
    9. 9. What’s ahead…
    10. 10. What’s ahead…Part I (ch’s 1-5) - Key questions:
    11. 11. What’s ahead…Part I (ch’s 1-5) - Key questions: Why does it matter? What makes it hard?
    12. 12. What’s ahead…Part I (ch’s 1-5) - Key questions: Why does it matter? What makes it hard?Part II (ch’s 6-14) - Jesus’ public career
    13. 13. What’s ahead…Part I (ch’s 1-5) - Key questions: Why does it matter? What makes it hard?Part II (ch’s 6-14) - Jesus’ public career His purpose & methods
    14. 14. What’s ahead…Part I (ch’s 1-5) - Key questions: Why does it matter? What makes it hard?Part II (ch’s 6-14) - Jesus’ public career His purpose & methods How 1st Century Jewish people thought
    15. 15. What’s ahead…Part I (ch’s 1-5) - Key questions: Why does it matter? What makes it hard?Part II (ch’s 6-14) - Jesus’ public career His purpose & methods How 1st Century Jewish people thought Jesus’ death - resurrection - exaltation
    16. 16. What’s ahead…Part I (ch’s 1-5) - Key questions: Why does it matter? What makes it hard?Part II (ch’s 6-14) - Jesus’ public career His purpose & methods How 1st Century Jewish people thought Jesus’ death - resurrection - exaltation Just what is the “Kingdom of God”?
    17. 17. What’s ahead…
    18. 18. What’s ahead…Part III (ch 15) - “What can we take-away?”
    19. 19. What’s ahead…Part III (ch 15) - “What can we take-away?” Four contemporary proposals
    20. 20. What’s ahead…Part III (ch 15) - “What can we take-away?” Four contemporary proposals Jesus’ way to run the world is through his followers… Spirit-led worship constituting, “energizing”, & deploying us as the ‘body of Christ’
    21. 21. What’s ahead…Part III (ch 15) - “What can we take-away?” Four contemporary proposals Jesus’ way to run the world is through his followers… Spirit-led worship constituting, “energizing”, & deploying us as the ‘body of Christ’ Kingdom of God becomes reality in us & through us!
    22. 22. Chapter 1“A VeryOdd Sortof King”
    23. 23. Q: What do we make of Jesus?
    24. 24. Q: What do we make of Jesus?
    25. 25. Q: What do we make of Jesus? “Jesus - the Jesus we might discover if wereally looked! - is larger, more disturbing, more urgent the we - than the church - had ever imagined…We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety, the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience, and Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important, but not nearly as important as Jesus himself.” (pp. 4-5)
    26. 26. We want a builder; Jesus is the architect
    27. 27. We want a builder; Jesus is the architectWe want a singer; Jesus is the composer
    28. 28. We want a builder; Jesus is the architectWe want a singer; Jesus is the composerWe want a king; Jesus is THE King
    29. 29. Chapter 2“The Three Puzzles”
    30. 30. Jesus’ world is strange to us.
    31. 31. Jesus’ world is strange to us.Jesus’ God is strange to us.
    32. 32. Jesus’ world is strange to us.Jesus’ God is strange to us.“Jesus spoke and acted as if hewas in charge.”
    33. 33. “This isn’t about ‘religion’ in the sense theWestern world has imagined for over two hundred years. This is about everything: life, art, the universe, justice, death, money. It’s about politics, philosophy, culture, and being human. It’s about a God who is so much bigger…”
    34. 34. “…The really striking, and really puzzling,thing about Jesus - then and now - is that he seems not only to have been talking about this much bigger God, but actually launching the transformative new project this God had planned all along. And hisfollowers really believed it had happened.”
    35. 35. Chapter 3 “The Perfect Storm”
    36. 36. western wind(rational skepticism)
    37. 37. high-pressure system(conservative Christian reaction) western wind (rational skepticism)
    38. 38. reaction) system (conservative Christian high-pressure “ of …th th th e ‘ an es Je e s th the cu us’ e l w ea Jes tur ho rl us al y g w wa ets Ch e r ri a s m ca st ct ia ua ay ugh n t w lly be in rit fi c in n d on the gs in si … d c ” th era ros s (p e p. pa bly fir 16 ge le e -1 s ss 7) o f wind western(rational skepticism)
    39. 39. tropical hurricane(problem of historical complexity) reaction) system (conservative Christian high-pressure “ of …th th th e ‘ an es Je e s th the cu us’ e l w ea Jes tur ho rl us al y g w wa ets Ch e r ri a s m ca st ct ia ua ay ugh n t w lly be in rit fi c in n d on the gs in si … d c ” th era ros s (p e p. pa bly fir 16 ge le e -1 s ss 7) o f wind western (rational skepticism)
    40. 40. Jesus Myths*
    41. 41. *story asserted asJesus Myths* historical, serving the beliefs of the community; narratives, symbols and actions
    42. 42. *story asserted asJesus Myths* historical, serving the beliefs of the community; narratives, symbols and actions Modernist Jesus a good man Taught love & kindness No miracles, so no resurrection Followers told stories that became legends
    43. 43. *story asserted asJesus Myths* historical, serving the beliefs of the community; narratives, symbols and actions Modernist Jesus a good man Taught love & kindness vs. No miracles, so no resurrection Followers told stories that became legends
    44. 44. *story asserted as Jesus Myths* historical, serving the beliefs of the community; narratives, symbols and actionsWestern Christian Modernist Supernatural God Jesus a good man Supernatural son Taught love & kindness miracles vs. No miracles, so no dies & rises resurrection Rescue operation Followers told stories that New Testament became legends
    45. 45. Chapter 4“The Making of aFirst-Century Storm”
    46. 46. Roman Storm
    47. 47. Roman StormJulius Caesar…family name to a royal title
    48. 48. Roman StormJulius Caesar…family name to a royal titleson, Octavian…Augustus (“worthy of honor”)
    49. 49. Roman StormJulius Caesar…family name to a royal titleson, Octavian…Augustus (“worthy of honor”) declared father - Julius - had become divine
    50. 50. Roman StormJulius Caesar…family name to a royal titleson, Octavian…Augustus (“worthy of honor”) declared father - Julius - had become divine so Octavian = Caesar Augustus - “son of God”
    51. 51. Roman StormJulius Caesar…family name to a royal titleson, Octavian…Augustus (“worthy of honor”) declared father - Julius - had become divine so Octavian = Caesar Augustus - “son of God” title: “Pontifex Maximus” - “chief priest”
    52. 52. Roman StormJulius Caesar…family name to a royal titleson, Octavian…Augustus (“worthy of honor”) declared father - Julius - had become divine so Octavian = Caesar Augustus - “son of God” title: “Pontifex Maximus” - “chief priest”Virgil: wrote of coming of “novus ordo seclorum”- “a new order of the ages”
    53. 53. Jewish Storm
    54. 54. Jewish StormThe 1stC Jewish story has a goal: God iscoming to deliver his people and rule world!
    55. 55. Jewish StormThe 1stC Jewish story has a goal: God iscoming to deliver his people and rule world!David - the shepherd/king
    56. 56. Jewish StormThe 1stC Jewish story has a goal: God iscoming to deliver his people and rule world!David - the shepherd/kingMoses - deliverance from Egypt (Red Sea)
    57. 57. Jewish StormThe 1stC Jewish story has a goal: God iscoming to deliver his people and rule world!David - the shepherd/kingMoses - deliverance from Egypt (Red Sea)Abraham - calling to be God’s chosen people
    58. 58. Jewish StormThe 1stC Jewish story has a goal: God iscoming to deliver his people and rule world!David - the shepherd/kingMoses - deliverance from Egypt (Red Sea)Abraham - calling to be God’s chosen peopleCreation & covenant
    59. 59. Chapter 5 “The Hurricane”
    60. 60. “…the third element in the first-century perfect storm: the strange, unpredictable, and highly dangerous divine element. The wind of God.”
    61. 61. God enthroned as King…
    62. 62. God enthroned as King… songs of Israel (‘king’, ‘kingdom’, ‘shepherd’ - see Ezekiel 34)
    63. 63. God enthroned as King… songs of Israel (‘king’, ‘kingdom’, ‘shepherd’ - see Ezekiel 34) Israel’s God as king, in Jerusalem, in the Temple
    64. 64. God enthroned as King… songs of Israel (‘king’, ‘kingdom’, ‘shepherd’ - see Ezekiel 34) Israel’s God as king, in Jerusalem, in the Temple in one person: the shepherd of Ezekiel & a ruler from David’s house
    65. 65. God enthroned as King… songs of Israel (‘king’, ‘kingdom’, ‘shepherd’ - see Ezekiel 34) Israel’s God as king, in Jerusalem, in the Temple in one person: the shepherd of Ezekiel & a ruler from David’s house all nations will be brought under his rule
    66. 66. God enthroned as King… songs of Israel (‘king’, ‘kingdom’, ‘shepherd’ - see Ezekiel 34) Israel’s God as king, in Jerusalem, in the Temple in one person: the shepherd of Ezekiel & a ruler from David’s house all nations will be brought under his rule result will be justice, peace, and the end of all oppression
    67. 67. anointing as equipping & enabling for task
    68. 68. anointing as equipping & enabling for taskYHWH’s return to Israel to be enthroned, notonly over Israel, but the world
    69. 69. anointing as equipping & enabling for taskYHWH’s return to Israel to be enthroned, notonly over Israel, but the worldJesus embodied both Davidic king and thereturning God
    70. 70. anointing as equipping & enabling for taskYHWH’s return to Israel to be enthroned, notonly over Israel, but the worldJesus embodied both Davidic king and thereturning Godnot simply a “religious” claim, but includes allof life: politics, power, culture, family, ethics,worldview (pp. 54, 55)
    71. 71. anointing as equipping & enabling for taskYHWH’s return to Israel to be enthroned, notonly over Israel, but the worldJesus embodied both Davidic king and thereturning Godnot simply a “religious” claim, but includes allof life: politics, power, culture, family, ethics,worldview (pp. 54, 55)
    72. 72. 7 The earth trembled and quaked, 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—and the foundations of the mountains shook; the dark rain clouds of the sky. they trembled because he was angry. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; with hailstones and bolts of lightning. consuming fire came from his mouth, 13 The Lord thundered from heaven;burning coals blazed out of it. the voice of the Most High resounded. Text Psalm 13 14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, 18:7-15 with great bolts of lightning he routed them.9 He parted the heavens and came down; 15 The valleys of the sea were exposed dark clouds were under his feet. and the foundations of the earth laid bare 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; at your rebuke, Lord, he soared on the wings of the wind. at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
    73. 73. “…you have to understand…the ancient Jewish vision of God…[who always]remained free and sovereign. Again and again in the past, the way Israel had told its own story was different fromthe way God was planning things.…Often God’s way of telling the story cut clean against the national narrative. And Jesus believed that this was happening again in his own time.” (p. 37)
    74. 74. takeaway
    75. 75. takeaway How do I evaluate my understanding of Jesus?
    76. 76. takeaway How do I evaluate my understanding of Jesus? What difference does it make

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