Søren Kierkegaard on Jesus in Humiliation (Matthew 11:28-30)

It is this Jesus Christ in His humiliation who spoke these words. And you have no right to apply to yourself one word of Christ’s, not one single word, you have not the least part in Him, no society with Him in the remotest way, unless you have become so contemporary with Him in His humiliation that, exactly like His immediate contemporaries, you must take heed of His warning: “Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in me.” You have no right to appropriate Christ’s words and mendaciously eliminate Him.

You have no right to appropriate Christ’s words and then transform Him fantastically into something other than He is, by means of the vain character of history, which while it chatters about Him really has no notion what it is chattering about. It is Jesus Christ in his humiliation who speaks. It is historically true that He uttered these words.

Training in Christianity, trans. Walter Lowrie (Vintage Spiritual Classics: 2004), p. 32.

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