Jesus Son of God
Central to the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Denying or ignoring this fact is to strip the gospel from its original meaning and diluting it to become just another religion where there is no guarantee of eternal life or redemption.
The theme throughout the Old Testament had incorporated within a message of salvation, a message of hope of a Messiah that would come to take the sins of the world away and a message of comfort that God ultimately is in control. Jesus, the Son of God, is the Man behind this message; He is our Blessed Hope and Saviour.
Many religions in the world accept the historical fact that Jesus did live and that He was a very special person, maybe even a prophet or a Rabbi or some kind of a guru. A few religions though, namely Christianity, Judaism and Islam, are currently expecting to see Jesus’ appearance. For the Jew He would be the coming Messiah as prophesied in the Old Testament, for the Muslim He would be the one that will take vengeance on the enemies of Islam and for the Christian, He would be the Lamb of God that rose from the dead two thousand years ago, ascended to heaven to come back as the Lion of Judah to judge this wicked world, from where He will make an end to sin and suffering and take His bride to be with Him in heaven.
In all other religions of the world, except of course Christianity, the historical Jesus has been dethroned and His title “the Son of God” being rejected. He is made out to be a mere mortal man, maybe a significant one but still just another man. For the Christian, Jesus is the Son of God and that remains a fact no matter how many theories are being thrown at us. We know this as a fact for various reasons, the most prominent one being the life changing experience that we all had when we accepted Jesus as our Redeemer and confessed our sins. Only a living God can change lives so radically!
By looking at the book of Acts, we begin to understand that Jesus changed lives; Jesus changed hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, He changed rebellious sinners into humble servants and He changed religion into relationships. Today, the same applies, nothing have changed, Jesus is still at work in the hearts of men, through His Holy Spirit, and He is seeking humble obedience and true repentance, and then He will change lives as He chooses best.
The lives of millions of people that foregone us have testified to this fact, that Jesus Christ changes lives. He is the Shepard and we are His sheep, we know His voice and follow Him. Many names of humble servants of the Lord Jesus have had their hearts changed through a spiritual rebirth into a new life with Christ. All of them can testified of the renewing of their behaviour, their renewed faith in Him, their daily battles to carry their own cross, as Jesus commanded us to do, and constant comfort by the Holy Spirit throughout all their struggles.
We know therefore that Jesus Christ is the Son of God by the working of the promised Holy Spirit in our lives. We can testify about it and people around us can testify about it in our lives. We have become a new creation in the eyes of God the moment that we believed and testified of our faith in Christ, and that makes us friends of God, just like with Abraham, our spiritual father.
Secondly, we know that Jesus is the Son of God based on our faith in the Bible as being the true Word of God. Nothing precedes and nothing supersedes the written Bible and until this very day, the Bible has been the most read book in the history of the world. No other book comes close to it in light of prophecy, poetry, history or biography combined.
The Bible makes it perfectly clear that Jesus is who He claims to be, the Son of God. Jesus never made any secrets about that as can be seen in Matthew;
“But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Matt 26:63, 64
And again in Mark;
“ But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:61, 62
In Mark, Jesus answers the high priest, starting with I AM. The name I AM is always applying to Jesus, the Son of God and confirms His divinity.
“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Matt 16:16, 17
Note that Jesus didn’t rebuke Peter for making the statement that Jesus is the Son of God.
And in Matthew, Jesus tells them that their sins are forgiven;
“And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.” Matt 9:2
And again in Luke 5:20 and Mark 2:5 Jesus forgive their sins. This shows that Jesus claimed divinity and the title Son of God.
In his study called the Trinity Series, Arthur Miller made the following comments about Jesus’ claims of divinity, as found in the New Testament. Jesus claimed:
- To be the Messiah, the King of the Jews, the Suffering Servant of Isaiah
- To be the divine, eschatological Son of Man of Daniel 9 (considered blasphemous)
- To be the UNIQUE Son of God (considered blasphemous)
- To be Lord of the Sabbath
- To be able to forgive sins (considered blasphemous)
- To be an appropriate object of religious faith
- To be the Heir to God
- To be greater than King David, Solomon, Jonah, the Temple
- To be ‘owner’ of the angels and the Elect
- To speak eternally binding and existent sayings–own His OWN authority
- To be “able” to abolish the OT scriptures
- To be the authoritative interpreter of the OT
- To be the issue upon which the eternal destinies of humans depend (!)
- To be worth higher loyalty and commitment that the family
- To have EXCLUSIVE knowledge of the Father, and the SOLE ‘dispenser’ of that knowledge
- To send prophets
- To be omnipresent
- To be of equal status with the Father and the Spirit, and to share ‘the Name’ with them
- To be able to grant derivative authority over evil spirits
- To be able to grant kingdom authority IN THE SAME WAY the FATHER does (!)
- To be “God” visiting them (as promised in the OT messianic prophecies)
- To be co-operative/interchangeable in some operations with the Spirit
- To have special knowledge of heavenly events
- To have ALL authority in HEAVEN
- To have authority over the Holy Spirit (!)
The Bible then confirms His divinity through His miracles, healings, prophecy, teachings and His own confessions that He is God. Jesus also forgave sins on many occasions, which is only reserved for God to do. The Pharisees however, didn’t believe in Jesus’ divinity and called Him a blasphemer for claiming to forgive sins.
Jesus died and rose from the dead, as prophesied would happen, while He also warned His disciples that He will be put to death but that He will raise again. Jesus was God manifest in human form, the Son of Man and the Son of God, and paid the perfect and final price for sin, which is death, for all humanity so that those that believe in Him, that He died and rose again, may have life everlasting.
Gladly we can testify then, that our Redeemer lives and that He truly is the Son of God. We anxiously await the return of Him that changes lives. If God is with us, who can be against us?
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Rev 22:20