Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Betz: Jesus, historical and known by faith

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    [Peter:] “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
    —Acts 2:36 (NIV)
    Without the historical Jesus, the Christ of the church is hollow, a radiant shell, a mythical hero without historical weight. On the other hand, anyone who clings to the historical Jesus alone is blind, for without the light of the Easter creed, he is swallowed up by the darkness of the cross.
    ... Otto Betz (1917-2005), What Do We Know About Jesus?, translation of Was wissen wir von Jesus?, 1965, London, S.C.M. Press, 1968, p. 113 (see the book)
    See also Acts 2:36; Ps. 2:7-8; Acts 4:11-12; 5:30-31; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; 2:4; 2 Cor. 2:17; 4:2; Eph. 4:14; 5:6; 1 Tim. 1:3-4; 4:7; 2 Pet. 1:16:3:3-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your victory is mine as well.
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