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JESUS: God’s Son

Our Relationship With God

JESUS: God’s Son

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of  grace and truth.     John 1:14

 

New discoveries about our universe seem to emerge every day.  Telescopes in space enable us to see into the created order farther and more clearly than ever before.  But even with all of this marvelous technology we have not been able to chart the boundaries of creation.  And even if we could, the idea of a created order many billions of light years in depth is too much for us to comprehend.   So how can we comprehend the One whom we call Creator?  Clearly, an infinite God has a communication problem with finite humankind.  Christians find the answer to that problem in Jesus Christ.  The mystery of this magnificent universe finds resolution in the mystery of the birth of Bethlehem.  Jesus Christ came and was clothed in human flesh to let us know who God is and what God is really like. In Jesus Christ, we see that God is approachable and, to a degree, knowable by creatures like us.  God can understand our condition because God has made us.  We can know God because God has been revealed in Jesus Christ.

Our earthly existence takes on new meaning when we remember that God chose to put on our humanity and chose to wear that humanity as an ordinary working man.  Our ordinary existence is not so ordinary when we remember that God chose this existence to give us a true picture of the divine.  Therefore, there are no unimportant moments in any lifetime.  All are precious gifts of opportunity to know and serve the One who made us and chose to stand with us and like us in the gift of life.                                                            

                                                           Rueben P. Job-A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

 

God presents himself to us little by little.  The whole story of salvation is the story of God who comes. It is always he who comes, even if he has not yet come in his fullness.  But there is indeed one unique moment in his coming; the others were only preparations and announcement.  The hour of his coming is the Incarnation.  The Incarnation brings the world his presence.  It is a presence so complete that it overshadows every presence before it.  God is made human in Christ.  God makes himself present to us with such a special presence, such an obvious presence, as to overthrow all the complicated calculations made about him in the past.  “The invisible, intangible God has made himself visible and tangible in Christ.”  If Jesus is truly God, everything is clear; if I cannot believe this, everything darkens again.

                                                          Carlo Carretto, The God Who Comes

 

Christianity is not primarily a theological system, an ethical system, a ritual system, a social system or an ecclesiastical system—it is a person: it’s Jesus Christ, and to be a Christian is to know Him and to follow Him and believe in Him.

                                                                                           John Stott

 

Jesus Christ was born in a stable, raised in a blue collar family of no importance, never traveled outside of his own country, never studied at a university or wrote a book, never lived in a palace, never raised an army; instead invested mainly in twelve guys for three years who themselves weren’t anything special.  At the end of his life, his followers temporarily deserted Him while He was falsely accused and put to death on a cross.  Yet somehow He changed the course of the world.  Only God in the flesh could do such a thing.

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • When you think about Jesus, do you tend to think of Him more as God or man?  Discuss where you land on this issue and why.
  • How does God coming to earth for YOU impact what you think about…
    • His love for you?
    • How you love those around you?
    • How you love those who don’t know Him?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

More Video Illustrations

That's My King
Great description by S.M. Lockridge of our Lord and Savior.
True and Better
Jesus is the 'True and Better...' as described by Tim Keller.
What is Christianity
An illustration of Jesus and the reason He came.

verses related to this topic

  • Isaiah 9:6

    Isaiah 9:6

    For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

  • Luke 22:70

    Luke 22:70

    And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”

  • John 1:14

    John 1:14

    And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

  • John 10:30

    John 10:30

    “I and the Father are one.”

  • John 14:6-7

    John 14:6-7

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

  • Acts 9:20

    Acts 9:20

    and immediately he (Paul) began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

  • Philippians 2:9-11

    Philippians 2:9-11

    Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  • Colossians 1:15-20

    Colossians 1:15-20

    And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

books related to this topic

  • God Came Near

    God Came Near

    Through vivid word pictures, Max Lucado tells the story of the most important event in history-when God Came Near.

  • Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity is a forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. Lewis rejects the divisions in the Christian world with the clear disclosure of the truth that is in Jesus Christ in a way that demands a response.

  • The God Who Comes

    The God Who Comes

    Carlo Carretto went into the Sahara in 1954 and at age 44 to serve the poor and draw closer to Christ. His word pictures are stunning and draw you into his world and closer to Christ. Editorial by Bob Martin

  • A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

    A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

    Daily devotional that gives your prayers, inspirational stories, a psalm and scripture.

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