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Jesus: I am the Son of God - 4

The Jews - Part 2

      Another proof of the Jews believing that Jesus was the Son of God is at the trial of Jesus by Pilate.  "The chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!"
      But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against Him."
   The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God.”  (John 19:6-7)
    Thus, the Jews wanted to kill Jesus because Jesus had claimed that He was the Son of God.  Their response was the death sentence.  Since they could not kill Him themselves as the Romans had taken the right of capital punishment away, they had to press their charges against Jesus in the Roman court of law.  They had first held their own kangaroo court and then brought the charges against Jesus.  This was their charge - Jesus claims to be the Son of God.  Therefore, Jesus had to die.
     The Jews clearly understood that Jesus had claimed to be the Son of God.

Jesus: I am the Son of God - 3

The Jews - Part 1

     In John 5:16-18 we get a fascinating glimpse into the reaction of the Jews to Jesus's claim that He was the Son of God.  In the first half of John 5 Jesus Christ healed a crippled man, one who had been crippled or paralyzed for 38 years.  But Jesus had healed on the Sabbath.  We pick up the story in verse 16:  So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted Him.  17 Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working."  18.  For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God."
      The Jews clearly understood what Jesus was claiming.  Jesus claimed that He was God's Son.  But many "scholars" today can't come to admit that that was Jesus's claim.  Jesus claimed He was God's Son - and His miracles proved that.

Mark: Jesus is the Son of God

     Mark opens his gospel with these words "The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God."  Jesus is Greek for the Hebrew word Joshua, which means Savior.  Thus, in Matthew 1:21 the angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph and said "You are to give Him the name Jesus [the Savior], because He will save His people from their sins."  The Messiah is Hebrew for Christ, which means the Anointed One.  Christ is the term used for the Savior. 
      Mark clearly stated that Jesus, the Savior, the Christ, the Anointed One, is the Son of God.

Jesus: I am the Son of God -2

John 3:16

     Today we celebrate CHRISTmas and today is all about God the Father sending His only begotten Son (King James) or His one and only Son (New International Version) that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
    Just after discussing with Nicodemus the necessity of being born again, Jesus proclaims that He is God's Son and that to have eternal life.  Nicodemus had to make a decision - and we know from the crucifixion he made the right choice.

     Dear reader, what decision have you made?  Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior?  If you want to know more, write to me with your e-mail address and we can carry on the conversation in private, just like Nicodemus did as he met with Jesus at night because he was curious.

Jesus: I am the Son of God

Thief on the Cross

   We have looked at many people's view of Jesus - from  to Martha to the 12 Apostles seeing Jesus walk on water, and all proclaimed that Jesus is the Son of God.  We have seen how the angel Gabriel, sent from God the Father and how God the Father twice (baptism and the Mount of Transfiguration) thundered from heaven proclaiming Jesus as the Son of God.  We have looked at the opposition's view - doubting Nathanael, the centurion, the devils, and even Satan, and we have seen that they thought that Jesus was the Son of God.  But what about Jesus?  What did He claim?  Did He claim that He was God's Son?
    The answer is a resounding yes.  In Matthew 27:33, the rebel, the insurrectionist, said "He trusts in God.  Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”  He is quoting Jesus.  Jesus said "I am the Son of God".  The rebel knows that if anyone is going to rescue Jesus, it has to be God.  And since Jesus is in a real bind, in the rebel's view, Jesus needs to call on His Father to be saved.

Hebrews: Jesus is the Son of God

     The author of the epistle to the Hebrews declares that Jesus is the Son of God.  The clearest example is found in chapter 4:14:  "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess."
     Other passages are Hebrews 6:6, 7:3, and 10:29. 

     Thank God that Jesus ascended into heaven and He is our High Priest, interceding for us.

St. Paul: Jesus is the Son of God

Epistles

   Not only did Paul acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God after his meeting with Jesus Christ at noon on the way to Damascus, but he kept that belief throughout his life.  In Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 4:13, and Colossians 1:15, Paul wrote to the churches and boldly proclaims that Jesus is the Son of God.  There is no wavering of his belief, no saying that what he experienced on the road to Damascus was an aberration and now that he has come to his senses, he realized that he was overtaken by his emotions.  No, Paul throughout his ministry, does not change his story.  And neither should we.

Holy Spirit: Jesus is the Son of God

 God the Father proclaimed that Jesus was the Son of God.  He did this at Christ's conception when he announced through His messenger (angel) Gabriel.  He did it at Christ's baptism.  He did it at the Mount of Transfiguration.
      God the Holy Spirit announced that Christ is the Son of God when He raised Christ from the dead.  In Romans 1:1-4 we read that "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus . . . set apart for the gospel of God . . .regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord."  The proof of Jesus as the Son of God was the Spirit of holiness (i.e., the Holy Spirit) raising Christ from the dead.
        Jesus Christ conquered death because of a holy life.  He truly is the Son of God. 

God the Father: Jesus is the Son of God

Mt. of Transfiguration

    In an earlier blog we examined the baptism of Christ and a voice from heaven proclaimed to all that "This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased."  This happened not once, but twice.  The second time was at the Mount of Transfiguration.  Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain.  He was transfigured and "His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light." (Matthew 17:2)   Then a "bright cloud enveloped them [Jesus, Moses, and Elijah] and a voice from the cloud said "THIS IS MY SON WHOM I LOVE; WITH HIM I AM WELL PLEASED."
  
The disciples response was to fall face down on the ground?  Why?  Because they knew that they were in the presence of God.  Jesus had to tell them "Don't be afraid" as since they had been in the presence of God, they should die.

Lord, may we worship thy Son. 
 

Satan: Jesus is the Son of God

    In an earlier blog I stated that at the baptism of Jesus, God the Father (a voice from heaven) had said that Jesus was the Son of God.  This proclamation is recorded in all four gospels.  I have also said that Jesus's miracles were for proclaiming who He was, not for self.  He made  the lame walk, but did not make horses so that He and His disciples did not have to walk.  He made the blind to see, but He did not make a royal palace for Himself.  He chased out demons and evil spirits, but He did not make gold.
    Immediately after His baptism (Matthew 3), Satan came and tested Jesus in Matthew 4.  Satan challenged Jesus's deity.  IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD, then tell the stones to become bread.   You must be hungry Jesus for being in the desert 40 days without food, so command these stones to be bread.  IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD, then throw yourself from the temple and let the angels catch you.  Worship me, Satan says, I will give You all the kingdoms of the world.
     Satan is challenging directly who Jesus is.  The temptation was real - the Father said that Jesus is the Son of God - now Satan says let us see some razzle dazzle.  Let us see some miraculous proofs.  The miracles would be to serve Jesus - not to proclaim that Jesus was God.  The miracles would be self-centered - food, brinkmanship, and avoidance of death.

Jesus, thank you for resisting the temptations and being a true Son of God.

St. Paul: Jesus is the Son of God

On the Road to Damascus

     Before Paul became St. Paul, he was a persecutor of the church.  On the road to Damascus he experienced the Christ.  About noon (Acts 22:6) Paul saw a bright light.  That had to be a very bright light to be bright at noon.  He heard Christ call to him and ask him why he was persecuting Christ.  Then Christ blinded him with something like scales (Acts 9:18).   For three days, Paul did not eat or drink (Acts 9:9), and I suspect he did a lot of searching of the scriptures and his own soul.
   When Ananias appeared before Paul and healed him, Saul's immediate action was to preach that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 9:20).  He had changed from the persecutor of the church to St. Paul, the missionary.  He knew Who was Who.  He who had been blinded at noon by a great light, now realized that Jesus is the Son of God.  And he had to tell others about his discovery.  Jesus is the Son of God!!

    Lord, may the scales fall off our eyes that we may truly see that Jesus is the Son of God.

Centurion and Roman Soldiers: Jesus was the Son of God

    Often the executioner does his job of killing the condemned and has little or no sympathy for the condemned.  But the man in charge of the execution detail of Jesus Christ changed his mind.  In Matthew 27 we read that while Jesus Christ was on the cross there were many signs showing that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
1.  There was darkness from the 6th to the 9th hour (noon to 3 P.M.)
2.  The very moment that Jesus died, the darkness lifted.
3.  The very moment that Jesus died, an earthquake.happened.
4.  The very moment that Jesus died, "many holy people who had died were raised to life.  They came out of the tombs."
  When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed "Surely he was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:55)
    It was not just the centurion that declared Jesus as the Son of God.  Now, it was the "centurion and those with him."  Exactly how many were with the centurion we are not told.  But it was plural.  So at least three Roman soldiers proclaimed that Jesus was the Son of God.  The executioners realized that Jesus whom they had just executed was the Son of God.

Martha: Jesus is the Son of God

     There have been many sermons preached on Martha and Mary, and most of these revolve around Martha being rebuked when she tries to have Jesus tell Mary to work instead of listening to Jesus.  Jesus's rebuke is "Mary has chosen what is better."  (Luke 10:38-42)
      But what about the John 11 passage?  Lazarus has died and Jesus is coming to town.  This time it is Mary who stays home and Martha who rushes out to meet the Savior.  Jesus states "I am the resurrection and the life" and then questions Martha "Do you believe this?"
      Martha responds:  "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the son of God, who was to come into this world."  (John 11:25-27) What a confession.  And this is before Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead! 

    Lord, may we have the faith of Martha.
  

Evil Spirits: Jesus is the Son of God

   In Mark, the action gospel, we read this in the eleventh verse of the third chapter:  "Whenever the evil spirits saw Him [Jesus the Christ], they fell down before Him and cried out, "You are the Son of God."  We saw earlier how the legion of demons came out of the two men who had broken their chains.  That is one example of many evil spirits acknowledging Jesus is the Son of God.  But apparently the evil spirits acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God happened numerous times.
    This passage is very similar to the Luke 4:41 passage and is mentioned again in the blog because these incidents are recorded by two different Gospel writers, Mark and Luke.  Thus, we have Mark recording that "whenever evil spirits saw Him" and Luke "demons came out of many people" both proclaiming that Jesus is the Son of God.
     I find it breathtaking that while the demons who saw Jesus were quick to acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, modern people refuse to acknowledge the same.  Those "I was there" historical accounts proclaim that devils acknowledged that Jesus is the Son of God.  But why can't people today make that same confession?

    Father, we plead with You that You will send the Holy Spirit upon are loved ones, our spouses or brothers or sisters, who do not acknowledge Your Son as God.  Please change their hearts so that they won't spend eternity in hell.

Nathanael: Jesus is the Son of God

     In John 1 we read the story of Jesus calling His first disciples.  After Philip says that he has found the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael scoffs "Nazareth!!  Can anything good come from there?"  But he gets up and approaches Jesus.  Jesus responds "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."  Nathanael's interest is piqued - "How do you know me?"  Jesus says that He saw Nathanael sitting under a fig tree before Philip called him.  Nathanael declares "Rabbi [Jewish word for teacher], You are the Son of God, You are the King of Israel."

Lord, may we too acknowledge Your Son as the Son of God.

Legion of Demons: Jesus Son of the Most High God

    Once again, we look at the evidence.  The more people who say that something happened, the more likely it is true.  The more people on both sides of the argument that say that something happened, the more likely that it is true.
    A legion of devils all agree that Jesus is the Son of God.  But this time they emphasize that Jesus is the Son of the Most High God (Mark 5:7, Luke 8:28).  The background to this remarkable statement is that in the region of the Gerasenes (an area near the lake of Galilee), a legion of demons possessed a man.  The demons who lived in one man had "seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demons into a solitary place" (Luke 8:28-29).  In Mark 5:3 we read that "no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain.  For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet.  No one was strong enough to subdue him."In Matthew 8:28 there are two demon possessed men and "they were so violent that no one could pass that way." 
     Yet this legion of demons knew who Jesus was.  When Jesus approached they cried out to Jesus and called him the Son of the Most High God.

May we acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of the Most High God.