Having set things up Flew hands over to Wright who puts forward the case for Christ. Wright begins with the historical Jesus, moves on to the claim that Jesus is God incarnate, and majors on the evidence for the resurrection. That last section is stirringly written and encompasses much of the material that Tim Keller made good use of in his chapter on the resurrection in The Reason for God.
The divine identity of Jesus, his embodying of Israel's God, is seen in the combination of OT themes that are found together in the claims, ministry and acts of Jesus (the Word, Wisdom, Glory, Law, and Spirit of God). To take the third in the list, Wright says that "Jesus behaves as if he is the Temple in person" and that "When you are with Jesus, it's as though you're in the Temple, gazing upon God's glory." And, we might add, according to John that is precisely what Isaiah was doing (John 12:40-41 and Isa. 6:1-5).
Having put forward these arguments we then come across what I can only describe as a literary fishbone. There is a sentence that sticks in the throat. It caused me acute theological discomfort.
How did Jesus feel about his divine identity? How did he internally come to terms with his calling to "embody" Israel's God? Wright explains:
I really do believe that Jesus believed that he was called to act on this assumption. And I think that was hugely scary for Jesus. I think he knew he might actually be wrong. After all, some people who believe that sort of thing might turn out to be like the man who believes he's a pot of tea.Given that our access to Jesus' thoughts can only be found in his recorded words, what evidence is there in the gospels that "he knew he might actually be wrong"? What indications are there that Jesus ever had a crisis of faith about these things?