Jesus Christ: Son of God, Son Of Man

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All the Gospels in the Bible desire and want us to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son Of God. How? Why? Let’s see:

1. Authority/ control over diseases: In all the four gospels we can read about Jesus curing people with several diseases (Matthew 8: 2-4, A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”) The same is found in Mark 1: 40-43, Luke 5: 12-14.

2. Authority over demons recognized: The demons recognized the Son of God when He appeared (Mark 1: 23-28; Luke 4: 31-37, 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. 27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.)Jesus commands the demon to come out and it obeys.

3. Authority over nature: Jesus Christ calmed the stormy seas and walked over the waters (Matthew 8: 23-27; Mark 4: 35-41; Mark 6: 45-56; Luke 8: 22-25) Matthew 8: 23-27, 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.  24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

4. Authority over Sabbath/ Law of Moses: The laws of Moses were strictly followed by people, but our Lord had supremacy over them as well, Mark 2: 27-28; John 5: 16-18, 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

5. Deliverer of sins: Jesus is the deliverer of sins, John 8: 2-11, At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

6. He feeds the hungry: We can read in all the gospel of how he fed thousands of people with just five loaves of bread and two fish, Matthew 14: 16-21, Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. ( Mark 6: 37-44; Luke 9: 12-18; John 6: 9-14)

7. The world’s greatest teacher: He made use of parables to make the people and disciples understand the meaning of the words of God. He also taught us how to pray to our Heavenly Father, Luke 11:1-4, 11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. (Matthew 6: 9-13)

8. He has authority over death: In many instances we have read how he raised the dead to life. Lazarus: John 11: 39-44, Widow’s son: Luke 7: 11-17, Officer’s daughter: Matthew 9: 23-34/ Mark 5: 23-34/ Luke 8: 49-56.

Among the disciples there were some who desired supremacy and power over the others. E.g. Zebedi brothers. There was an argument once among the disciples as to who is the greatest (Luke 9:46-48, 46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”( Mark 9: 33-36). We also read about the question as to who would be seated to His left and right , Mark 10: 35-38, 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

Even today, the same thing happens. Instead of worshiping Christ and adoring Him, people prefer and want to worship power. Christ wants us to believe in Him as the Son of God. He asks His disciples who people say He is. They answered, Matthew 16: 13-16, 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Peter confesses He is Christ, Mark 8:27-29; Luke 9:18-21.

Jesus informs His disciples about His death and suffering as the Son of man. He explains to them about His impending death and resurrection. Hearing this, Peter rebukes Him for being a man of the world, Matthew 16: 21-22, 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” (Mark 5: 31-33).

On one hand there are the Zebedi brothers who wanted a Jesus who gave power. The Christ who suffered and died for us is not wanted. Even Peter who boasted to stand by Him at the time every trial, denies Him three times. If we do not reside in Christ and if Christ does not reside in us, we too would become only power hungry mortals. Satan erodes away our goodness of heart, the seeds of the word of God and it’s strength within us.

Jesus before Pilate ( Matthew 27: 11…;Mark 15: 1-2, Luke 22:66-70): The chief priest ask Jesus,”Are you the Son of God?”. Jesus replied, “I am”. All the Gospels proclaim and bear witness that Christ is the Son of God. Jesus, the Son of God too desires that we believe in Him. To give us everlasting life, He gave His life for us on the cross. He rose again on the third day and even today He lives among us. Yes, this is the Lord we need, the one who lives among us even today, not a God who only looks down from above.

If you and I call upon Him with out whole heart and soul, He can never leave us and go. Brothers and sisters, will you call Him?? He is listening, waiting eagerly for us to call Him.

AMEN.

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