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In last week's devotional we endeavored to know Who is God the Father.
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This week we will be taking a closer look into the characteristics of God the Son.
So, first things first - Who is God the Son?
The Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
Jesus was born of the virgin Mary in Bethlehem and lived a sinless and blameless 33 years on the earth before being crucified for his teachings.
Jesus was a carpenter by trade and experienced the same fleshly temptations as you and I. He had friends and parents. He ate and slept, just as we do.
So, what sets him apart? How do we know He is the Son of God?
1. Jesus Never Sinned
Although Jesus was a man and was subject to the same human struggles, He never sinned. His earthly body was subject to the same temptations that ours is.
One of the most famous accounts in Scripture that illustrates Jesus being tempted, yet withholding from sin, is the account of how Jesus was tempted by Satan 3x times in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-25)
Hebrews 4:15 "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin"
2 Corinthians 5:21 "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
Hebrews 2:18 "For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted."
Hebrews 5:8-9 "though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,"
2. Jesus is the Savior of the World
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Jesus came to die to save the world of their sin. He came to die so that through His victory over sin and death, we could have eternal life and access to God the Father.
1 John 4:14 "And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world."
Matthew 1:21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."
1 John 2:2 "And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also or the whole world."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
John 12:46-50 "I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him - the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."
John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
3. Jesus is a Miracle Worker
The New Testament describes numerous accounts of Jesus' miracles. From His first documented miracle of turning water into wine to raising people from the dead, the New Testament contains numerous accounts of His divine power over objects, people, nature, and supernatural beings.
Below are a few of those accounts -
1. Jesus had power over physical objects (John 2:1-11, Matthew 14:15-21)
2. Jesus healed the sick (John 4:46-47, Mark 1:30-31, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:5-13, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 8:43-48, Matthew 9:27-31, Matthew 9:32-33, John 5:1-9, Matthew 12:10-13, Mark 7:31-37)
3. Jesus commanded animals / nature to do His will (Luke 5:1-11, Matthew 8:23-27, Matthew 21:18-22)
4. Jesus cast out demons (Mark 1:23-28, Matthew 8:28-34, Matthew 12:22, Matthew 15:22-28)
5. Jesus raised people from the dead (Luke 7:11-18, Matthew 9:18-26, John 11:1-46)
4. Jesus is a Teacher
Jesus was a teacher. During his time of ministry, He was followed by 12 disciples that he taught, but He also ministered to others that he came across. The passages below illustrate how Jesus would teach crowds of people at a time, regardless of their beliefs, income, or race. He would teach in many different types of places - the temple, on a boat, on a mountain, in people's houses.
John 13:13 "You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am."
John 3:2 "This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
Matthew 7:29 "for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."
Matthew 4:23 "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people."
Mark 6:34 "And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things."
John 7:14 "Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught."
5. Jesus Rose from the Dead
The most significant characteristic of Jesus, the Son of God, is that He rose from the grave. His resurrection signifies victory over sin and death and the hope of eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15:21 "For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead."
Matthew 28:5-6 "But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Acts 4:33 "And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all."
Acts 3:14-15 "But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses."
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 "For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all he was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time."
6. Jesus is God
Although Jesus Christ is the Son of God, it is important to note that He is still God.
John 10:30 "I and My Father are one."
John 8:58 "Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
Colossians 2:9 "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;"
John 5:18 "Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God."
Hebrews 1:1-3 "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He has by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,"
1 John 5:20 "And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life."