I love to study the man Jesus! I sit with Jesus during the silence of Centering Prayer.
The historical Jesus was a real man who lived on this earth.
Where was Jesus born? Who were his parents? What can I glean from his life events? What can I learn about the Judaism he practiced? What was the corner of his world like when he grew up? How did the Roman Empire impact him? Why was he crucified? Was he resurrected?
“Jesus of Nazareth was a figure of history. That’s where we have to start. He was born somewhere around 4 BC (the people who invented our present system of dating got it nearly right, but not quite) and grew up in the town of Nazareth in northern Palestine. His mother was related to the priestly families, and Jesus had a cousin, John, who in the ordinary course of events would have worked as a priest. His mother’s husband, Joseph, was from the ancient royal family, the family of King David, of the tribe of Judah, though by this time there was no particular social status attached to such family membership. We know very little of Jesus’s early life; one of the gospels tells a story of him as a precocious twelve-year-old, already able to ask key questions and debate with adults. His later life indicates that, like many Jewish boys, he was from an early age taught to read Israel’s ancient scriptures, and that by adulthood he knew them inside out and had drawn his own conclusions as to what they meant. The strong probability is that he worked with Joseph in the family business, which was the building trade.” 
Marcus Borg reflects, “Though the story of the historical Jesus ends with his death on a Friday in A.D. 30, the story of Jesus does not end there.”  Here we are some two thousand years later. The story is far from over. The historical Jesus has died. The resurrected Jesus, the Jesus of our faith is very much alive and a powerful force in this world. He is a powerful force in my life. I sit with this powerful force during my centering prayer practice. I arise from each sit resurrected with new life!
N. T. Wright, Paul: A Biography
 Simply Jesus: A New Vision Of Who He Was. What He Did. And Why He Matters by N. T. Wright
 Jesus: A New Vision, Spirit, Culture, and The Life Of Discipleship by Marcus Borg
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