Sunday, July 13, 2008

Webster on the so-called "historical Jesus"

“To say that Jesus is God incarnate is to say that there is a history of Jesus only because in it God’s very being reaches out to us; only because of that outreach of the divine being is there this historical figure, and only on that basis can his history be known for what it is. Put differently: incarnation goes all the way down; it’s not something added onto a more basic historical reality. Without the movement of God’s unrestricted love and self-giving, without the Son’s eternal obedience to the Father, there is no history of Jesus.”

John Webster, as quoted by Jason Byassee and Mike Allen in “Being constructive: an interview with John Webster,” Christian century 125, no. 11 (June 3, 2008): 32.

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