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Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth…

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This may be controversial, but it appears to me that Jesus allowed his followers (and people beyond the identified “disciples”) to project their hopes onto him. Sometimes he slapped them down (Lk 9:54-55) but it seems that often enough he allowed people to go on thinking what they were thinking that it was possible for disciples to think, prior to the crucifixion, that Jesus was their hoped-for military/political leader against the pagan occupiers (Lk 24:21).

As you know, I suspect that there was “design” behind this permissive posture toward the people’s hopes. I suspect that Israel was saved from military disaster for a generation by the dashing of these elevated hopes in the crucifixion of the hoped-for redeemer king at the hands of Israel’s enemies.