If we use Freudian Dream theory, where two symbols may refer to the same object in a dream or novel, and combine it with Ludwig Wittgenstein’s idea that the function of a word is its meaning; we can understand how the creators of the gospels created their character Jesus. In the gospels, the prophet, John the Baptist, announces the coming of the Son of Man or Christ. The Son of Man, according to the book of Ezekiel, other Hebrew Scripture and the Book of Revelation is an angel who will come leading an army on an apocalyptic day in the future. The gospel writers want Jesus to be that Son of Man, but they do not have a story for him. Thus they simply repeat the story of John. This sequel about the Son of Man is just another story about a Jewish prophet like John predicting the coming of the Son of Man at some point in the near future.
We can see that the Jesus gospel story is just a repeat of the John story. It is a sequel to John. It is John Part 2: The resurrection. In it Jesus plays a dual function. He is the Son of Man whom John announced, but he is also John predicting a future coming of the Son of Man. Thus, Jesus plays the dual role of John 2 and Son of Man 1.
The story could only be a repeat of Jewish history which did not contain an apocalypse, but only prophets predicting an apocalypse. The Jews and Early Christians were limited to repeating their historical plots. Thus:
1. John predicts the coming of the Son of Man descending from Heaven, as other prophets had done.
2. Jesus appears first as the fulfillment of John’s prophecy. He is the Son of Man.
3. Jesus does not act like the Son of Man, coming from heaven with an army, but acts like John and predicts the coming of the Son of Man, just as John did.
Jesus has the dual function of being the prophesied (the Son of Man) of John and the prophet of the coming Jesus (Son of Man). Jesus (or John the second).
We may think of it as two movies. In the first John predicts the apocalypse and the Coming of the Son of Man. This is successful for a time, but it becomes old fashioned and out of date. A sequel is needed to rekindle the excitement of the story.
The Sequel promises the actual Coming of the Son of Man, but can only deliver the same plot that was in the original – Teacher preachers to students, angers Jewish leaders, gets executed.
This is a diagram of the Original John the Baptist (or Prophet) narrative and the sequel narrative which could be entitled John returns: Jesus the Son of Man
The sequel gives you everything that was in the first narrative, but more. It delivers the Son of Man, but readers would be disappointed to find that the Son of Man doesn’t save the Jews as promised, but merely duplicates John’s predictions. Sequels are generally disappointing in this fashion.