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What Would Jesus Have Been Like if He Had Gotten Older?

Would his thinking have evolved or changed?

Would his tension with his disciples — Peter, Judas — have led to them breaking away and starting their own movements?

Would he have tried to achieve political power?

If he had taken the “Last Temptation of Christ” and gone off with Mary Magdalene and raised a family, how would he regard his younger self?

With wistfulness?

Tenderness?

Amusement?

All?

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2 thoughts on “What Would Jesus Have Been Like if He Had Gotten Older?

  1. Hmm. My answer would depend on my own religious belief regarding the true essential nature of Jesus Christ, the man, or Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Divine Son of God, or the earthly or bodily manifestation of God Himself…

    I like to imagine Jesus working his last days as a wise local magistrate deciding contract disputes and resolving disagreements. Why not?

  2. A lot depends on what Jesus thought about himself and what he was doing. In “The Quest of the Historical Jesus,” Albert Schweitzer argued that he was a faithful Jew who never intended to found a religion distinct from Judaism.

    I think of Jesus as a prophet who wanted our people more consistently to live up to the high ideals they professed. Along those lines, he could easily have been a rabbi or community leader. I’m not sure that he had the temperament to be a magistrate.

    An alternative answer to your question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASBKSUQ8wRw

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