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Real Person?

Mary the Mother of JesusThe holy innocence, Jesus Christ, who was always one with the Father, came to personally dwell in a young woman named Mary. An angelic messenger told her in Luke 1.35, "the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." Jesus, the child of Mary, was the very first personal body of christ.✞

The Body of Christ

Body of ChristSaint Paul interchanges the term "body of Christ" in 1 Corinthians 12.12 with the name, "Christ." Saint Paul wrote, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ." In his mind, the work and presence of the historical person Jesus is succeeded by the Body of Christ. When Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, the Body of Christ continued and today works on earth in the power of the Holy Spirit.✞

Historical Person

Jesus Picture in OrangeWhat was Jesus really like as a historical person? Was he lanky or smallish, smiling or glum? Does it even matter to us? Strangely, there is little in the New Testament of a physical description of the historical appearance of Jesus. With the exception of the birth narratives and the one story of the twelve year old Jesus lingering in the Temple there is hardly anything of his childhood either. John the Baptist however traditionally described Jesus as "rather bald but with a thick, flowing beard." Saint James is alleged to have written that his brother Jesus was, "a young man whose beard was just beginning." Who knows?✞

"Historical Jesus"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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