PART 3: WHO IS JESUS? SON OF GOD
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
John 1:34: “And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:33: “And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”
Matthew 16:15-16: “He said to them, ‘But who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”
As we studied in our first lesson, we saw that Jesus was the Son of Man -- a fully human person. And we discovered that because He was fully human, He is able to understand every single struggle we go through. The bible shows us that no other person in bible time or now or ever could measure up to Jesus, the Son of God. This week we are going to dig deeper into who Jesus is as the Son of God.
The Son of God
When we hear the term, son, we almost instantly think of biological offspring. However, when we mention Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the term takes on a greater significance and takes on a multi-faceted meaning.
Let’s remind ourselves that Jesus is the Son of God, meaning that He is not a mere man or a high-ranking angel in human form, but is truly man and truly God.
Read Luke 1.30-35.
Many say we shouldn’t question God, but Mary did. When approached by the angel, Mary asked “How?” In verse 34 Mary asks;"How will this be, since I am a virgin?" But Mary's question arose from faith, not doubt.
What would your response to the angel be? Faith or unbelief?
Who did the angel say would come upon Mary?
We know by studying the Bible that the disciples were the ones who spent the most time with Jesus. They grew to know Him as a friend and a Savior, and they definitely recognized that He was no ordinary man. Many followers of Jesus had abandoned Him, and turned away from Him, but the disciples stayed by Him.
We know that Jesus lived on the earth we are standing on right now as a man, but the Bible proves He existed long before this. It claims that He still lives and is seated at the right hand of God and He will come back for us one day and will rule all. Even before the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ held the title of the Son of God. When the angel came to Mary to give her the good news that she would be the mother of Christ he said in Luke 1:35: “...therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” Even during His ministry when casting out demons, they would address Him as the Son of God. Mark 3:11: “And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, ‘You are the Son of God.’” The prophets, apostles, and the disciples all who knew Jesus claimed Him to be the Son of God.
So why is the title “Son of God” so important. Because when looking at the affirmations of Jesus’ right to the Son of God, it cannot be separated from His claim to deity. He claimed to be the Son before His birth, and He proved His authority to forgive sins by performing healing miracles after He forgave those who came to Him in faith. So for us Christians today, it means that our faith in the Son of God is founded in our salvation. Jesus is a perfect or sinless human being. He is our model, someone who shows us how to live. Because Jesus is also God, looking at him we see what God is like: loving, compassionate, and forgiving. Jesus makes God known to us. Jesus our Lord and Savior, the Son of God.
Read Matthew 14: 22-33
Why did the disciples choose to stick with Jesus?
What miracle did Jesus perform in front of the disciples?
Who took a leap of faith?