Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ROMANS 1:2 WHO IS JESUS?

who is Jesus?
What difference does it make if we believe that Christ was both human and divine?
Scripture:
Romans 1: 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, 4and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord
Lesson:
The gospel was the same for the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, just as it is for today. It is news of Jesus Christ coming as the messiah of the world. Paul wanted to clarify that he was called to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus. Jesus the one whose nature was both human and divine. There were groups of individual that believed that Jesus was never flesh and only Spirit so John also went to lengths to emphasis his humanity.  Also  ancient historians such as Pliny the Younger, Josephus, and Tacitus talked about Jesus verifying that he was not just a Biblical figure. Then there are those as Dan Brown of today who went to great lengths to prove Jesus was only human and not divine in his writing of the Da Vinci Code. 
When speaking of Jesus heavenly genealogy, he declares that Jesus is the son of God, evidenced by his death and resurrection. It is important here to know that the death and resurrection was not divine but that it is the most conclusive evidence of his divine nature and victory over death. 


With these two verses Paul sum's up Christ's whole nature from his prophesy, birth, death, resurrection, to this reign on the throne. 
I like the conclusion that C. S. Lewis, the author The Chronicles of Narnia, makes concerning Jesus. He says we should not say, "I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God." He continues, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic, on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg, or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon, or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."


JESUS IS MY SAVIOR AND LORD OF MY LIFE

Application:
  1. What do you believe about Jesus? 
  2. Knowing that Jesus was human helps up to know that he can relate to us  in the human sense. Reflect on the times in your life that it helped you to know that Jesus understood your needs because he had experienced life as a human. 
  3. Knowing that Jesus was divine helps up to know that he is able to speak to God on our behalf, and that he has supernatural powers, and that he conquered Satan. Reflect on the times in your life that it helped you to know that Jesus had the power to work in your life when your human nature was not enough?
  4. If we as Christians believe that Jesus was both human and divine, that he is the greatest resource we have, they why do we call upon and deplete all our other resources before we will go to Jesus?

Prayer:
Dear Father, Thank you for sending Jesus to live among us, to love us, to die for us, atoning for our sins. Thank you that He conquered death and is sitting at your right hand, speaking and acting on our behalf. Jesus you are my Savior and Lord of my life, and I look forward to your return to take me to be in your presence for eternity. In Jesus name I pray, am





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