Whose Son is the Christ?

Whose Son is the Christ?

Whose Son is the Christ? The last recorded days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, before the cross, has Him in Jerusalem teaching at the temple. It is here Jesus addresses a long time question, ‘Whose Son is the Christ?’ He quotes Psalm 110:1 in His answer, let’s look at the passage in Mark.

How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, sit at My right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.’ David himself calls Him Lord. So how is He his son?” Mark 12:35-37 ESV

We can read through the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-16 and also in Luke 3:23-38. Each one passes right through David, King of Israel. It is clearly stated that through the line of David would come the Messiah, or Anointed One. Isaiah 9:6-7 in verse six, the one to come is also referred to as “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Daniel in writing about the coming of the Christ (Messiah) said;

I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 ESV

In the second Psalm, we read of the Anointed one as written, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” Micah (5:2) states that the ruler of Israel is to be born in Bethlehem. Isaiah talks of the healing power that will be found in the Messiah.

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deep, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.” Isaiah 35:5-6 ESV

Zechariah writes a foreshadowing of the 30 pieces of silver offered in exchange for the Messiah recorded by Matthew (27:3-7). These prophecies each one coming in the person of Jesus. Who did Jesus claim to be? Well, for context let us look at Exodus 3:14 where God is talking to Moses through the burning bush. “God said to Moses, ‘I Am Who I Am. Tell them, I Am has sent you!'” Now this phase, “I Am” is Ego Eimi, and it is this phase that Jesus uses of Himself when He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am.” The same ‘Ego Eimi!’ It is clear that those that heard Him new what He, or Who He, was claiming to be in that moment for they picked up stones to throw at Him. John 8:58-59. Later Jesus said;

“‘I and the Father are one.’ The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?’ The Jews answered Him, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.’” John 10:30-33

Clearly, Jesus was teaching and showing through His works that He was the long-awaited Messiah. So as established Jesus absolutely claimed to be the Son of God and God as we read earlier in Isaiah the many names of the Anointed One, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” There is just one set of proofs left to determine whether Jesus truly was who He claimed to be. The Messiah has to be willing as is prophesied by Isaiah in chapter 53, so would be the way of the Messiah; The Passover lamb as written in Exodus 12:1-51; and the beginning of the New Covenant as Jeremiah (31:31) foretold.

Whose Son is the Christ? “And a voice came from Heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with You, I am well pleased.‘” Mark 1:11. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. Peter after Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension would stand before the people and say, “Let all the house of Israel, therefore, know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Acts 2:36. And as John declares;

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

You are loved,

cj

Wholeheartedly

Wholeheartedly

Seek God daily, persistently, and wholeheartedly; You will find life in all its fullness, and it will transform the way that you love and serve others. Does it mean endless blessing? Your best life now? Folks, can i be totally honest? No, no it doesn’t. Moses sought God daily and wandered in the desert for forty years. Peter sought God daily and was nailed to a cross, upside down. Paul sought God daily, and he prayed three times for his thorn in the flesh to be removed, it wasn’t. John sought God daily and was exiled on an island until he died. If life gives you wandering, exile, or a thorn in the flesh, it does not mean you do not have God’s favor upon your life. Neither does it mean that God delights in causing you pain.

Life is full of challenges because the world is a dark place. Its ruler sits on the throne he created, and it is temporary. He succeeded in tempting Eve. He failed at killing the Messiah. Jesus, the Messiah, the One who conquered death, promises that for those who seek Him, they will receive an eternal reward. He also warns us, those that seek Him daily, He warns us not to lose heart. For those that do, He warns to return to our first love!

 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.  I know your deeds, your hard work, and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.  You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:1-7)

 Let us return to the love we had at first! Let us live our lives seeking God daily, persistently, wholeheartedly!

You are loved,

cj

“What must I do to be saved?”

“What must I do to be saved?”

Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) We can read throughout the New Testament folks asking a very important question, “What must I do to be saved?” There are many faiths, some even claiming to be Christain the would answer that question with a list of works that must be carried out. But, let us explore some of the answers given in Scripture and see what we truly must do to be saved!

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'” Acts 2:37-38 ESV

“Then he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved you and your household.'” Acts 16:30-31 ESV

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 ESV

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

“Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:5-6 ESV

We could keep going but these key passages show that Salvation comes by faith in Jesus only. That we cannot in any way work our way onto a list. No one is better or worse off in what is required of us to attain to salvation, repent and believe. i guess the tricky part comes in the idea of repentance. What does it truly mean to repent? Simply, to turn from sin. We were all once living in sin and darkness, and those who have come to repentance and faith in Jesus should no longer walk in sin. The following are not works of salvation but the mark of true faith, of a true believer.

“I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the siants and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13

Again, we could explore so many more passages that talk about our response to God’s grace and salvation, but, these give us a good foundation. We are not to look like the world but be ambassadors to the Kingdom of God. Living as children of light, in a dark and fallen world. Repent and believe! And, live for the King of kings!

You are loved,

cj