Jesus - the Son of God
The Jews were desperate to be released from the oppression of Roman rule. The Prophets of the Old Testament foretold that a Messiah would come to them. They understood this to mean that God would send them a great deliverer. Other countries thought so, too as indicated by the arrival of three kings in the Christmas story.
The birth of Jesus through a young Jewess was miraculous as Mary was a virgin. Jesus, even at the age of twelve, acknowledged that God was his real Father and was surprised that his Jewish parents did not realise that he would have special work to do. In this way he was the Son of God. Jesus often referred to himself as Son of Man, but we know he was no ordinary man.
Throughout the Bible history we read of God constantly asking his special people to come back to him and abandon their evil ways. Jesus showed the way to God through the daily lives of ordinary people. To Jesus, the rituals of Religion were of no real concern and did not compare to the love and care we should show for each other.
Jesus taught people to see God’s way by teaching them parables, healing the sick and always showing compassion. He had an ability to mix with people from all walks of life (taxmen, High Priests and the misfits). He had the power to heal diseases which were, to any other man, incurable, and the power to forgive sins. The Religious leaders called this blasphemy.
By claiming to be the Son of God and even a King, Jesus’ ways were so alien to the Jewish leaders that they saw him as a threat to their beliefs and way of life. They vowed to get rid of him and false allegations were made to make him out to be a threat to Caesar. He was sentenced to death by crucifixion. This is what our Easter Services are all about, remembering his death and celebrating his resurrection. From Old Testament history we can see that this was all part of God’s plan and purpose to re-unite people to God through His Son. (“God so loved the world that He allowed his only Son to be crucified that all the world could be brought back to Him” John 3:16).
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