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Breezin’ Through the Bible #25, God’s Son

April 10, 2014

God’s Son

The Gospel of John contains the words and deeds of Jesus. John shows us who Jesus is, and we can see that Jesus is as necessary to the 21sr century as he was to the 1st century. Jesus’ lessons continue to stir up controversy among divided people: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Agnostics, Atheists, Secularists, and others. What each individual thinks about God makes or breaks him. What we think and believe make us what we are. Religion is a philosophy with spiritual nutrition, food for the soul and spirit. Jesus was fully a man and fully God. He told his disciples to “see the Father in me.” Father and son does not exactly explain the relationship, but it is a metaphor for a loving relationship. We know the unexplicable depth of love a mother and father have for their children.

.People who knew Jesus  had different reactions to him. How could God be approachable? Could God love sinners? Could Jesus, the boy they knew from Nazareth, be the child born in Bethlehem? Could the scriptures and prophesies from hundreds of years past be fulfilled in this king without an arm or sword? Only with his death could he show them and us how to live.

Who was Jesus? The bread of life? Living waters? The solid rock? The Savior? The Messiah? He seemed to possess authority over the Sabbath when he deliberately healed a sick man on that day. He reinterpreted scripture and kicked away money-changers at the temple. He had authority over the earth when he turned water into wine at a wedding feast, and fed thousands of people with a few loaves of bread and a few fish. He smoothed turbulent water and calmed the wind. He walked on water. He healed the sick, released demons, and restored the dead to life. His disciples, Peter, James, and John, were witnesses when Moses and Elijah appeared with him on a high mountain. He told the disciples not to reveal what they had seen until after his death. The disciples did not understand, but the people learned about this man and his teaching by word of mouth. Huge crowds followed him to hear him speak.

Jesus trained his disciples, and warned them about the difficulties they would face when they tried to explain who he was and what he had done. He told them of his impending death, but they could not believe. Then despite the warnings this was not a good idea, Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of a colt, and the people waved palms and cried Hosanna. The crowds adored him, but the religious leaders thought him dangerous and became more worried. The chief priests and teachers schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.

Satan entered one of Jesus disciples, Judas Iscariot. Judas went to the high priest and temple guards to discuss how he could deliver Jesus to them, for they knew they could not publicly arrest Jesus before the adoring crowds who might riot. They gave Judas money to expose Jesus to them, and Judas waited for an opportunity to lead them to Jesus secretly.

Jesus knew how it would end, and went forward for his Father and for us. What incredible love! Don’t wonder if it was deserved. Our maker seems to think it is, and that we are worthy of it. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3: 16)

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