|How Jesus Became God|
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It was going to be brought by the Son of Man [Sanskrit devaputra], who came in judgment against everyone and everything opposed to God. Then the kingdom would arrive. And I think Jesus believed he himself would be the king in that kingdom.
He may well have been a pacifist (“love your enemy,” “turn the other cheek,” “blessed are the peacemakers,” etc.), which would not exactly make him a leading candidate to be general over the Jewish armed forces. He did not preach the violent overthrow of the Roman armies [or if he did, the Roman propagandists took that part out]. And he talked about someone else, rather than himself, as the coming Son of Man.
So if nothing in what Jesus was actively doing would make anyone suspect that he had messianic pretensions, why would his followers almost certainly have been thinking about him and calling him the messiah during his public ministry? The easiest explanation is that Jesus told them that he was the messiah.
|How God Became GOD (Smoley)|
But who would be the ultimate king? Jesus was their master (= lord) now. Would he not be their master (= Lord) then? He is the one who called them, instructed them, commissioned them, and promised them thrones in the kingdom.
It is almost unthinkable that he did not imagine that he, too, would have a role to play in that kingdom, and if he was the leader of the disciples now, he certainly would be the leader of the disciples then.
Jesus must have thought that he would be the king of the kingdom of God soon to be brought by the Son of Man. And what is the typical designation for the future king of Israel? Messiah. It is in this sense that Jesus must have taught his disciples that he was the messiah. More
- Excerpted from How Jesus Became God