Sunday, October 26, 2008

Who Is Jesus?

Throughout my time at college, one of the questions that kept coming up was Who Is Jesus? In fact, there was even one whole module dedicated to the question - Christology. It's a question that is being asked again and again in popular culture, whether through The Da Vinci Code, or the Jesus is my Homeboy t-shirts.

Was he just a man? Was he God? How did the two fit together (if they do?)?

In our verse-by-verse journey through Romans, we've made it to 1:3-4. In these two verses, Paul sets out clearly that Jesus is both God and man. Here's what he says:

[in the Holy Scriptures] concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord...

Firstly, do you notice, as we saw in the last Romans posting, that the Holy Scriptures are all about Jesus! Jesus is the Son of God. This is the impact of the first tree words of verse 3. 'Concerning his Son' - this, even before it speaks of his being the son of David. Jesus is therefore the incarnate Son of God, who was present at the creation of the universe (Colossians 1:16).

Jesus is the Son of God who was also the son of David - descended according to the flesh. That's the claim to be the kingly Messiah, great David's greater son, the true King of the Jews. Blind Bartimaeus saw this clearly when he cried out to Jesus 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!' (Mark 10:47)

But more than that, by his death and his resurrection, Jesus is declared to be the Son of God. No questions after this - Jesus is both God and man. This is why Jesus Christ can truly be called our Lord.

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