“…'the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proven to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime…[Jesus] shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.’ And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else.' It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible...The facts, then, are these: that Jesus professed himself (in some sense) ignorant, and within a moment showed that he really was so.”
This is yet another challenge it seems to me for the already tense evangelical relationship with Lewis. First, they realized that he affirmed theistic evolution. Then it's become more widely known that he is not too far from Rob Bell's currently popular, controversial, and inclusivist - or perhaps hopeful universalist - view on salvation: that even after death, one is still able to choose heaven and leave hell behind. Now he says Jesus was wrong about the timing of the eschaton. Ouch.
On a related note, a friend at CGU recently told me that there was a major survey taken amongst a large number biblical scholars on the historical Jesus within the last few years and a strong majority affirms that Jesus was an apocalypticist, while the non-apocalyptic view of the Jesus Seminar is apparently in the minority these days. So when Bart Ehrman argues in his popular books that the general information about the apocalyptic Jesus he is providing is rooted in the dominant views of the academy, he's not lying.