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I believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God…

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… born as a mortal human child into a Jewish family

 

The Bible can be difficult to understand particularly when we are faced with a variety

of different translations. However, if we accept it as the Word of God, read it

prayerfully and try to think about what it is telling us, then we will begin to understand

the character of Jesus and the part he plays in God’s plan. Proverbs 25:2

reminds us that it is a privilege to search the scriptures for an understanding of God’s

purpose.

The scriptures show that Jesus was an essential part of God’s plan and purpose

and, as such, needed to be a mortal man in order for him to die for the sins of

mankind. Jesus was the lamb without blemish spoken of from the beginning.

Peter understood that Jesus was born, lived and died as a mortal man when he

addressed the crowd on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:22-23).

Paul also, when writing to Timothy about the one mediator between God and men

writes about the man Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5). From the beginning God had

promised a saviour who would act as a mediator. Adam and Eve knew of this

promise of a saviour. When Eve gave birth to her first child she hoped that he might

be the saviour (Genesis 4:1).

The patriarchs knew of the promised saviour as did David who was told by Nathan

the prophet that the saviour would be one of his descendants (2 Samuel 7:12-13).

This is referring to Jesus as well as David’s son Solomon because we are told that

the throne of his kingdom will be established for ever (2 Samuel 7:16).

There are a number of references in the Old Testament that confirm what was

promised to David. (Psalm 89:34-37) and (Isaiah 11:1-4) refer to Jesus being a

descendant of David who, in turn, was a descendant of Judah. This was also

understood by those in contact with Jesus in the first century. The blind man

Bartimaeus refers to Jesus as Son of David (Mark 10:46-48).

The New Testament writers were aware that Jesus was born as a mortal descendant

of David (Romans 1:1-3). The writer to the Hebrews also refers to the fact that

Jesus descended from the line of Judah (Hebrews 7:14).

As was the normal custom in the past a person’s ancestry was usually traced

through the male line so Joseph was regarded as Jesus’s father de jure (by right) not

de facto (actual). But as Matthew and Luke’s records of the genealogy of Jesus differ

it is possible that Luke was recording his lineage through Mary. Both Joseph and

Mary were descendants of David. Certainly Luke records Gabriel as telling Mary that

her firstborn would be David’s descendant born as a human baby through the power

of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-35). It is also interesting that Mary was a cousin of

Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist) and Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron

(Luke 1:5 and 36). Thus Jesus could claim both kingly and priestly lineage.

Jesus therefore was the son of God born as a human being into a Jewish family. He

had brothers and sisters (Matthew 13:53-56). His childhood would be spent in

much the same way as any other Jewish child (Luke 2:41-52) though it was

obvious that he was different from quite a young age. Jesus was given miraculous

power by the Spirit at his baptism (Matthew 3:16-17) but though he had the power

of the Spirit he had still inherited human nature from his mother and suffered the

same temptations that we do. However, unlike us he resisted temptation. In Matthew

4:2-4 we can see that he resisted temptation by quoting the scriptures as a support

(Deuteronomy 8:3). He always kept the Word of God at the forefront of his mind.

Shortly before his capture his human nature was evident. Knowing that he was to

face a horrible death he prayed to his Father that if it was possible he might be

spared such a fate. Nevertheless, he said to his Father ‘thy will be done (Matthew 26

v 42). When Jesus was crucified he died a mortal man, the Spirit being withdrawn

(Matthew 27:46).

While Jesus is the Son of God he understands human nature because he was a

mortal person, born to a normal human mother. Jesus offered his life as a sacrifice

for our sins, despite never having sinned himself, and overcame human nature. This

is why the writer to the Hebrews can be confident that because ‘he himself hath

suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted,’ (Hebrews 2:16-18) and (Hebrews 4:14-15).

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Mark 6

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Read Online: AV NIV In the beginning of Chapter Six we see Jesus returning to the area where he had

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