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8. Holy Jesus Christ

Servant's Hands Washing

Torah ScrollWhen the holy Christ asks the disciples who they think he is, Simon Peter answers in Matthew 16.16, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." The holy Christ establishes his close association with the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly Father in Luke 3.22, which says, "and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased.'" We see Jesus' role at the beginning of Creation in John 1.1, which states quite clearly, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Saint Thomas, one of the Apostles in response to his initial doubting, says to the holy Christ in John 20.28, "My Lord and my God!"

Overseers of Flock

Bible and the WorldThe holy Jesus Christ is instructing his disciples about their future ministries in Acts 20.28, "Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his blood." Note that the phrase "be shepherds of the church of God" may be translated as "be shepherds of the Lord." The words "with his own blood" mean "with the blood of his own Son." In Romans 9.5, Saint Paul anguishes over Israel, "Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!" The phrase "messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!" may be translated "messiah, who is over all. God be forever praised!" or even as "messiah, God who is over all be forever praised!" The holy Christ, according to Saint Paul, is God over all and worthy of all praise.✞

God Becomes Man

servant's hands washing feetJesus Christ is with God before the universe began and chooses to become a human being. Philippians 2.6-7 explains this, "Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his advantage, rather, he made himself nothing, by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." Note that the phrase "very nature of God" may be equally rendered as "in the form of God."

Obedient to Death

Christ on the CrossPhilippians 2.8-11 continues, "And being found in appearance as a man, he (Jesus) humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." What a glorious climax for the holy Christ! The claims of the sacred Jesus Christ astonish his listeners but encourage his disciples. Saint Paul writes in Colossians 2.9-10, "For in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority." Saint Paul advises Titus, who is an early Christian missionary and church leader, a companion, and disciple of Paul's mentioned in several of the epistles, including the Epistle to Titus. In Titus 2.13, Saint Paul writes, "while we wait for the blessed hope - the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ," thus confirming the completeness of Jesus as "our great God and Savior." The writer of Hebrews 1.8 adds, "But about the Son, he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.'" Jesus is called "your throne, O God." Saint John writes in 1 John 5.20, "We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true, by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." Again, Jesus shines forth as "the true God and eternal life."

Fully God

Jesus in GloryAt his trial in Matthew 26.63-64, when his critics deny Jesus' deity, Jesus remains silent. "The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.' 'You have said so,' Jesus replied. 'But I say to all of you, From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'" Interestingly, both the Psalmist and Daniel refer to someone sitting at the right hand of God. Psalm 110.1 reads, "The Lord says to my Lord: 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'" The prophet Daniel writes in Daniel 7.13, "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence." Note here that the phrase "a son of man" comes from the Aramaic phrase "bar enash," meaning "human being." The phrase "son of man" is retained purposely here because of its use in the New Testament as a title of Jesus. The reaction to the claims of Jesus deity is typical. "Then the high priest tore his clothes and said" in Matthew 26.65b-66, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?' 'He is worthy of death,' they answered." Jesus goes to the cross, not for anything he has done but because he claimed to be God which is the truth and nothing but the truth!

Jesus Fully Divine

handsThe proof that the holy Christ is fully divine is seen in Jesus at God's right hand in glory. Luke 22.66-71 reads, "At daybreak, the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 'If you are the Messiah,' they said, 'tell us.' Jesus answered, 'If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.' They all asked, 'Are you then the Son of God?' He replied, 'You say that I am.' Then they said, 'Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his lips.'" They interrogate Jesus about his claims of divinity. Jesus responded, 'If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.' Jesus is not avoiding the question about whether he is divine, but stating it again in different words so that the religious and civic leaders can fully grasp the truth of what he is saying and who he is.

Leaders Pressed

Jesus Creator GodThe Jewish leaders all ask, "Are you then the Son of God?" Jesus replies, "You are right in saying I am." The holy Jesus Christ here uses the sacred "I AM," name of God of himself. This phrase affirms his deity. The Jewish leaders then are convinced, 'Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his lips.'" They also press Jesus in John 19.7 about his claim of divinity and insist, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God." For them, it is a definite conclusion. It is, however, what Jesus wanted for the divine plan to find completion!

"Holy Jesus Christ"
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by Ron Meacock

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