The Burning of Jerusalem by Titus
This image was attached to a post that said something along the idea that Jesus could predict the future.
Somehow the burning of Jerusalem ‘proves’ what he had been warning them all along, if they didn’t turn away from their evil, sinful ways. Perhaps. But when I began researching the specific scripture passages, I was overwhelmed by the number of Bible verses that actually contain the word “Woe!”
But what if this ‘proof’ was just a retrospective planting of clues in a story of a 1st century teacher? And if the writers of the Gospels were very familiar with Old Testament prophets saying similar things, it wouldn’t be difficult for them to fashion statements using the same verbal tricks.
For example, take the form of words that Jesus spoke about the Son of Man being betrayed:
“The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
“For the Son of Man is to go just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
“For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Woe
The phrasing of the words are not exactly the same, but the message is clear: one author is implied.
If you want to think outside the box of orthodox Christianity, why is Jesus referring to the Son of Man and not himself? Why use the third person narrative at all? After all the usual phrase is “Woe is me!”