Day 15 Study - God the Son

In this chapter we will cover as much information as we can in just a few pages, but we will still only be able to scratch the surface !  Because there is so much we need to cover, we won't be reviewing the things we've already learned about the Son.  If you'd like , you can review the studies about Jesus' Godhood and His sacrifice for our sin in RAD month one. (It's always a good idea to review.)

I AM Salvation

The New Testament of the Bible was written in the Greek language.  The name JESUS is actually the Greek for the Hebrew name Joshua.  This Hebrew word, usually spelled Yehoshua, is actually made up of two words: YAH (God's name " I AM "), and salvation.  Thus Jesus' name literally means YAH salvation, or " I AM" salvation.

• Read Matthew 1: 18-25.  In verse 21, why was Joseph told to name the child Jesus ?

• In verse 23, what does Immanuel mean ?

• Read Luke 1:26-38.  What is the greatest miracle regarding the birth of Jesus ? (verse 27 & 34)

•  In verse 35, what does the angel say Jesus will be called ?

Son of God and Son of Man

But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman...      (Galatians 4:4a)

For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.      - Jesus  (Luke 19:10)

While He was on earth, Jesus often referred to Himself as the Son of Man (mankind) because He was also of human descent.  His mother was a young virgin descended from King David.  David was a lover of God who wrote many of the Psalms.  God had promised David long before that He would raise up the Messiah from David's bloodline.  The name Messiah is Hebrew for the Greek Christ.  It means Anointed One.

The One and Only Son revealed the Father

You have already read the following verses from the Gospel of John, but they are very important to our study of the Son.  Please read them over again carefully before we begin to study them here.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. ....The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  ...No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made Him known.

(John 1:1-3, 14, 18)

By the Word, who is the One and Only Son of God, all the universe was created.  It is through the Word that God revealed Himself throughout both Old and New Testaments.  The Word of God took on a fleshly body to become a man, to humbly reveal Himself to us in a way that we could best understand Him.  God has always had to humble Himself in His love to reveal Himself to us in a way we could understand.  God's love for us is best seen in the ultimate act of humility, as the One and Only became flesh and lived among us, then died for us.

Next, these verses tell us that in Jesus we have seen the fullness of God's grace and truth in human form, something never seen before.  Through Jesus' sacrificial death for us ,we see clearly the depth of God's love in His grace (unmerited favor) toward us.  The Word He spoke was the eternal Word of God, the only perfect truth for all mankind.  There is no other source of truth.

Lastly, these verses tell us that no other man has ever seen God the Father.  We have already learned that the Father in invisible to us, and unapproachable.  ONLY the Son has ever revealed Him.  This shows us two things:

1.  Every time God has spoken to man, whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament, it is the Word of God that speaks.  Many times the Word spoke through a prophet of God.  Sometimes the Word spoke through a fire or a thick cloud, and in various other ways.  Once the Word even spoke through a donkey!  Finally the Word Himself became a man and spoke to us directly.  The One and Only Son has always been the Word of God.

2.  At certain times during the Old Testament when God appeared in bodily form to people, it was actually the Son of God that they saw.  We know this from the scriptures we have already studied. (There are also many other Scriptures we will study which confirm this truth.)  We have learned that (A) The Father is not a physical being, and has NEVER been seen by man, (B) The Son ALONE has revealed God the Father to us, and (C) It was the Son of God who actually became a physical (bodily) being.

The Image of God

He is the image of the invisible God....    (Colossians 1:15a)

We have learned that we were created in the image of God.  This verse tells us that Jesus is the image of God!!  Through Jesus we know exactly what God is like, because in the Son we see God the Father perfectly represented.  All the attributes of God's nature are seen in Jesus Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.   (Colossians 2:9)

• Read Hebrews 1:1-3.  What two things does the beginning of verse 3 tell us that the Son is ?

The Son is the glory of the Father, and all of God's glory is found in the Son.  The Son displays God's glory in full radiance.  When Jesus lived on earth as a man, this awesome radiant glory was veiled, or hidden, in His body of flesh.  However , there were times even then when His glory was seen.  You should remember the story of the transfiguration on the mount from the daily devo in RAD month one, p 15 (Matthew 17:1-9).  If not, read it again !!

We also see here that Jesus is the exact representation of the Father.  To see Jesus is to see the Father, because the Father is perfectly embodied in the Son of Man.

One with the Father

Hundreds of years before Jesus' coming as a man, the prophet Isaiah spoke of His birth in a remarkable way:

"For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.        (Isaiah 9:6)

Notice that one of the names given to the Messiah here is Everlasting Father!  Jesus the Son is the perfect embodiment of God the Father, so much so that He is even called the Everlasting Father in this prophecy of His coming.  Jesus Himself also attested to His full unity with the Father, who was perfectly represented in Him.

I and the Father are One.         -Jesus (John 10:30)

• Read John 12:44-45.  When we look at Jesus, who do we really see?

Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.  ...The words I say to you are not just my own.  Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work.  Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.     -Jesus (John 14:9b, 10-11)

I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, before Abraham was born "I AM".        (John 8:58)

Jesus even dared to call Himself by the proper name of God.  As God had spoken with Moses from  a burning bush in Exodus 3, He declared His name "I AM".  When Jesus called Himself by that name, He was telling the Jews that He was the one who spoke to Moses from the burning bush!  He was making it clear that He was equal with God that Father.  The Jews understood exactly what He meant, and immediately picked up rocks to stone Him with. 

The Suffering Servant

Although Jesus the Son was equal with God the Father and entitled to all glory and honor, He did not come to us in His glory as the King of kings and Lord of lords.  Instead He humbled Himself, and became flesh and blood like us.  He lived His life here as a servant among us, to show us the way of God.

Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humility so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.       (Hebrews 2:14-15)

...Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as man, He 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.    (Philippians 2:5-11)

The Son made Himself nothing, and showed the ultimate humility in submitting Himself to the painful torture of death on a cross.  Now He is once again exalted in radiant glory to His rightful place as the Eternal Ruler of all.  Before Him every person will one day bow.

Read the following verses, and write down how each one shows the humility of servanthood of Jesus.

• Luke 2:1-7:

• Matthew 9:10-13:

• Luke 9:57-58:

• Matthew 20:25-28:

• John 13:3-5 and 12-17:

• Matthew 27:12-14:

• Luke 23:33-34:

• 2 Corinthians 8:9:

The Righteous Judge

• Read John 5:21-30.  In verses 22 and 23, why did the Father entrust all judgment to the Son?

•  In verse 27, why did the Father give Jesus the authority to judge?

• In verse 30, why did Jesus say His judgment was just?

• Read Acts 17:31.  How did God show all men that Jesus is the One by whom He will judge the world?

The Returning King of Glory

You may remember these next verses from RAD month one.  Remember how much this Mighty King loves you!! He first came as a servant and laid down His life for you!!

"At the time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.  They will see the Son of Man coming on clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.      -Jesus (Matthew 24:30-31)

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.  He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God.  Thearmies in heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  He will rule them with an iron scepter.  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.       (REVELATION 19:11-16)

There's much more to be learned about God the Son, and we will be studying a lot more about Him later.  This chapter has been a quick overview of some of the most important points we need to know.

• Starting tomorrow, we will begin our series of five daily devos focusing on Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  As you read them, remember that Jesus is the perfect expression of God's great love for you.  As you spend time everyday in God's Word and prayer, ask Him to show you more and more of what He is like, and how much He cares for you.  He wants you to know Him intimately !