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Biblical Analysis: Was Jesus the Son of God?
The fact of Jesus existence is not disputed as history has proved that indeed Jesus lived on the face of the earth. What is disputed is his claim that he was (and is) the Son of God, and the ‘unbelievable’ event, he died and rose again from the dead.
Is it true Jesus was the Son of God? Is this not blasphemy as the Pharisees in the olden days rightly said? Doesn’t it mean when one calls himself the Son of God it means he puts himself in the highest status than all that can be seen and cannot be seen, closer to God, ever to be attained by man?
God is a spirit and Jesus appeared in human form on the face of earth; then, how is it possible for a spirit figure to have a child, knowing spirits do not have physical bodies? What was Jesus trying to say? is it possible to understand what he meant, both literally and figuratively? This articles aims to look closely at what Jesus meant he is the Son of God, and what that means for the rest of us human beings.
Muslims believe Jesus is a prophet, he did exist, he was a good teacher but they don’t agree he was the Son of God and he rose again from the dead. They believe Jesus never died. Are they right?
Some claim Jesus never died, Jesus died but his body was hidden or stolen, and other theories have been developed to prove an otherwise case. However, an interesting question to ask is: Why would his disciples willingly accept to die for the sake of the Gospel, the Good News, that Jesus came on earth to share the Good News, died on the cross and rose from the dead in order to reconcile man to God and to save man from eternal separation from God as a result of sin? Why did they will to be martyred? Why is it during the history of Christianity, the Christians willingly died for what they believed was right? Why is it, currently more than a billion people believe in the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus work of redemption?
The following are some of the facts as well detailed in the Bible that prove Jesus was the Son of God (and will offer an answer to Muslims and non-believers there is such evidence).
Mary, the mother of Jesus was a virgin. She was a fiancée of Joseph ready to be knotted as husband and wife. Nevertheless, before this was to take place, Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. The angel told Mary she is blessed for she will give birth to a baby boy by the power of the Holy Spirit, and not as result of sexual intercourse. The baby would be instrumental in reconciling man back to God for his name would be Immanuel, meaning God be with us.
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing shall be burn of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
There is one major factor to note in the birth of Jesus. He was not born through sexual intercourse but apart from it. This indicated Jesus was born through miracle to prove God is able to do the impossible.
I am not sure if Muslims and non-Christians believe in the Holy Spirit because if they did, they would be careful to come to the realization not to entertain the thought God did sex with Mary. This is what I would call an unbelievable thought, for how can a spirit do sex with a physical body? It was the Holy Spirit, part and parcel of the Godhead which enabled this to be possible. There are evidences from the book of Genesis to Revelation in the Bible which shows who the Holy Spirit is and His part in the salvation or redemption of the humans. Therefore, Jesus was born through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God himself did approve of the fact Jesus was his beloved Son as recorded in Mathews 3:16-17: “… After his baptism, as soon as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God, coming down in the form of a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am wonderfully pleased with him.”
Absolute Proof, Jesus Is the Son of God!!
Note the first letter of the word starts with capital S. We who are saved from the power of sin (kingdom of darkness) and everything associated with it, and brought back to the kingdom of light (God), we are called the children of God, sons and daughters. “For as many are called by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
The‘s’ in this case is in lowercase.
What does this imply? It simply means Jesus holds the highest status, not literary as a child who was born through God as the Father.
What it means is that Jesus existed with God together with the Holy Spirit long before the foundation of the world and everything there is of which we can see and cannot. If it can be put in a crazy manner: The three Godhead, the Trinity, existed before any existence came into existence. They were before everything was. Jesus existed before the angels were created.
“Who (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature.” (Colossians 1:15)
This is part of the last prayer Jesus prayed before he was crucified: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5)
Could Jesus claim to be the Son of God if he didn’t prove it by doing the super ordinary, the unthinkable, going against nature to prove his status? In reality he did prove, “… I am the way, the truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Also in Mathew 28:218, “And Jesus came ad spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, and; “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)
Jesus healed the lepers, resurrected the dead and healed all that were ailing from various kinds of diseases. The Bible provides many accounts of the miraculous acts. This including casting away of demons from people who were possessed by the demons. These acts of miracles was not only restricted to Jesus for he promised his followers, the believers, that they would be able to do ‘signs and wonders,’ - the miracles. It is evident through Jesus’ disciples and the history of Christianity to the present that miracles were performed.
Jesus said if you don’t believe in me, believe in my works for his works, the miracles, provide weighty evidence he is indeed the Son of God, something no other man has ever claimed, or to prove he is God, part of the Godhead.
The other event that showed Jesus was indeed the Son of God is found in his death on the cross, and resurrection from the death. This is where disagreements boil down. Many believe he died but did not resurrect, therefore his body was stolen to deceive the world Jesus resurrected.
There was one incident during Jesus death which many had neglected to notice. This incident proves beyond doubt Jesus did resurrect. This incident proves Jesus was the Son of God.
Mathew 27:32-56 (click the link to read)
Your Take: Jesus the Son of God?
Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God as Christians (and the Bible) claim?
When Jesus was crucified at the cross and before he finally died, several things happened:
- That afternoon, the whole earth was covered with darkness for three hours, from noon till three O’clock. (something to think about)
- Jesus shouted twice: “Eli Eli, lama sabachthani?” meaning, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” After saying this words as a result of the agony he was going through having felt God had forsaken him because the pain was unbearable and everything else surrounding his pain, he dismissed his spirit, and died.
- After Jesus died, two amazing things happened: (a) And look! The curtain secluding the Holiest Place in the Temple split apart from top to bottom: (this proved man could go directly before God in prayers without going through the priests to get to God), and (b) The earth shook, and rocks broke, and tombs opened, and many godly men and women who had died came back to life again. After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the cemetery and went into Jerusalem, and appeared to many people there. (This was really a miracle of the dead rising. Notice: godly people)
- A testament from the Gentiles, not Jews on what they witnessed, they ended in exclaiming the fact: The soldiers at the crucifixion and their sergeant were terribly frightened by the earthquakes and all that happened. They exclaimed, “Surely this was God’s Son.”
Is Jesus Real? - Non-biblical Evidence of His Existence
The last fact is the Bible doesn’t leave any stone unturned. The Bible has never contradicted itself as God is not God of confusion. The clarity and authority of he Bible arrives from the fact one part of the Bible has to be supported by another part(s) of the Bible.
There is a wide gap between The Old Testament and The New Testament which emphasizes the fact, Jesus is the only person whose birth, life, death and resurrection were prophesied thousand of years before it was fulfilled. This proves that Jesus was the Son of God and that it was an agreement they came into a conclusion with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. An agreement Jesus will born through a virgin woman, minister the good news, die on the cross as a sacrifice because of the blood shed to reconcile man to God, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to be resurrected from the death.
There is an incident in the Bible which records when Jesus sweated blood. The reason: He knew what he would go through and the pain including rejection and loneliness he would face. He felt like resisting but he overcame the urge not to resist knowing what the will of God involved. The Great Mission Ever To Be Accomplished In The Face Of The World.
He had the power to command angels from heaven to come down and destroy his enemies. He had the power to ask for fire to consume his enemies. But Jesus knew who his greatest enemy was. Not man. But Lucifer, Satan, the Devil. Therefore, he accepted to be the sacrificial lamb in order to redeem the human race.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whatsoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). This was the extend of God's love, the extend which led Jesus to accept the will of God, the mission, the ultimate mission, the greatest mission.
© 2014 Alianess Benny Njuguna