Will Christmas 2018 be the Christmas you make the stand that Jesus is the Son of God instead of God?
John 3:16, (“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”) has always been the one verse that is the point of the gospel. That is, until recent years when “deductive reasoning” replaced childlike faith”.
When I came out of homosexuality, it had been ten years since I attended organized church meetings. My new “born again” life of following Jesus took me down a path of visiting various denominations. Each week I tried a different one. I wanted to know which one was correct. During my visits I discovered a “bottom line”. Each thought themselves the one church, and that the other groups were wrong.
Some of the places of worship I visited were dull, dead and boring while others were rah, rah sim boom bah. I determined they all had a small piece of Jesus with a great deal of man-made doctrine and traditions as their platforms. Jesus certainly wasn’t “Lord” in any of them.
So here we are almost forty years later with a powerless church celebrating Christmas. Most church groups are operating in every wind of doctrine as warned against in Ephesians 4: some of them are quite abominable. But for the purpose of this article here at Christmas time I am addressing only one wind of doctrine: ‘Jesus is God.’
Earlier this month I attended a Christmas drama-musical with an unchurched person. Afterwards, she asked about the statement made during the performance that Jesus was God. She explained that as a child she had learned Jesus was the Son of God.
I told her that I had also heard my whole life Jesus was the Son of God, but about fifteen years ago I started hearing Jesus is God being taught. And that when I asked my ninety-six-year-old Mom who taught Sunday school for thirty-five years about it, she said Jesus had always been taught as the Son of God until recent years.
You probably are hearing this new doctrine in your place of worship and paid no attention. But what do you believe? Is Jesus the Son of God or is Jesus God?
Before you answer, let’s look in God’s Word and see what some of those who walked with Jesus called Him.
Picture the scene where Jesus and the disciples are strolling along the beach. Jesus strikes up a conversation about the local gossip and He asked the disciples, “whom do men say I am?” (Mathew 16:13- 17)
And they said, “Some say thou art John the Baptist: some Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”
Then Jesus says, “but whom say ye that I am?”
His right arm guy Peter answers, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Jesus then responded to Peter, “blessed are you – flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee but my Father which is in heaven.”
If Peter got the answer right that Jesus was the Son of God, I feel very comfortable agreeing with his answer and holding on to that truth.
Let’s go a little further and see who else called Jesus the Son of God.
- An Angel. The angel Gabriel that appeared to Mary said unto her “that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1 v. 35)
- Jesus sent disciples off in a boat ahead of him one day. When these men saw Jesus walk on the water they worshiped Him saying, of a truth thou art the Son of God (Matthew 14 ).
- At the tomb of Lazarus prior to Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life, his sister Martha said, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who has to come into the world” (John 11:)
- Two demon possessed men coming out of tombs approached Jesus and said. What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time… Jesus sent the demons into a herd of pigs. (Mathew 8:28)
- God the Father.
a. When Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan, the heavenly Father declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matthew 3:17)
b. Peter, James and John were on a mountain with Jesus when Moses and Elijah popped in on the scene. Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, hear Him!” (In Mark 9:7)
- Apostle Paul. Immediately after gaining his sight Paul went and preached Christ was the Son of God. (Acts 9)
Be cautious of this new doctrine, my brethren. In 1 John 2:22 there is a warning about it. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son.”
May you discover this Christmas that Jesus is no longer in the manger and Jesus is the Son of God. That phrase “Son of God” occurs more than 40 times in the Bible.
Mark 16:19 tells us that after the Lord Jesus had spoken his last message of instructions to go and teach what he had commanded, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
It’s Christmas, whom do you say Jesus is?
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