December 22, 2006

Identity Cris(TM)is

Posted in culture, family, psychology, scripture, theology at 10:40 pm by Jerry

I was reading through the biblical “Christmas Story” and ended up wondering what Jesus was told about himself while growing up. Did people say to him, “This is who you are, and this is what you’ll do – a Zoroastrian astronomical prophecy has reveal it to us Kings to be so.” Or, “This is who you are, and this is what you’ll do – an angel told me so.”

Did anybody tell the little boy Jesus that he was the “Messiah”? If so, was it tough for little Jesus to know that he is the Messiah? And, even if they didn’t tell him, I wonder how Jesus managed the path that was laid out for him. I wonder when he recognized himself for who he truly is – apart from being told who he is.

I suppose, to some extent, he felt misrepresented. After all, misrepresentation is a consistent part of the human condition. Which makes me wonder how he managed people’s misunderstandings about him. Did he try to set them straight about who he is? Did he bear his soul to strangers so that they’d understand who he really was? Did he tell his close family and friends everything about himself? What he thought about? felt about?

Probably not. Which makes me wonder how well people understood him, and how much people tried (still trying?) to make him into something he wasn’t.

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