All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. And behold I am with you … even unto the end of the world.

Werner Rolevinck, Fasciculus temporum omnes antiquorum Cronicas complectens

During the short period that Jesus walked the earth, his presence was most deeply felt in the Jewish world that he inhabited. In the centuries that followed, however, as early Christians carried their message to the Gentile world, the discrete historical and cultural moment that had constituted Jesus' worldly existence increasingly was seen as the historical and cultural moment. As philosophers, theologians, and artists grappled with the meaning of God's Incarnation in the temporal world, they evolved a new "grammar of history." Within this unique syntax, Jesus became the essential being whose enduring presence imparted order and meaning to the flow of time.
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