We see, feel and even taste the presence of the human Christ here. And his humanity was plainly evident to the people he came in contact with. His divine nature emerges as he begins his public ministry. But did the people see this?
With each sign, his fame spread by word of mouth and people came to hear him preach and perform miracles. Many witnessed the signs first hand, others learned by hearsay. After three years, Christ was famous but many were unsure who he was. Who do people say that I am? Peter knew.
Despite the resurrection and the ascension, the argument continued as to whether Christ was only human or truly God and man in the same person. The Aerian heresy said he was only human which could be an answer to my question as to why the Jews reject Jesus.
My other question regarding timing may have something to do with the simplicity of life at the time of the public ministry. There were first-hand witnesses who spread the news by word of mouth. This was evidence enough to carry out Christ’s mandate to preach the good news to all nations.
The dual nature of Christ is doctrine but there is an element of faith in our grasp of this mystery. This journey has deepened my faith in Jesus as man and God.
Again thanks to Father Matt and all the America magazine folks who make this possible.
-- Jack Lynch