Is Jesus the Son of God?

As I sit here preparing for our opening night of VBS (vacation Bible school), I am reminded of the overwhelming evidence that Jesus truly is the Son of God. When dealing with evidence, eye-witness testimony is pretty important. For our first lesson, we want to take a look at some eye-witness testimony of people who heard God call Jesus the Son of God. Evidence is key to making any decision and God has called us as believers to be ready to defend our faith with evidence when people ask us. In fact, this is the theme of this year’s VBS. Agency D3; Discover, Decide, Defend. The key verse for the week is I Peter 3:15:

. . . always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you . . .

In order to make a defense, I have to know the evidence, understand it, and be able to present it in a clear manner. The Gospel gives us hope because without it our situation is hopeless. We are born sinners and are enslaved to sin until someone sets us free. unfortunately, we do not have the ability to set ourselves free. Jesus came to this earth to set us free from sin’s death grip on us. We want to examine that evidence so that we can make an informed decision and then share that good news with others. The reason that Christ was and is able to set us free from sin’s grip is because He is God. The Bible presents Christ as the Son of God or God Himself, in human form. What proof do we have of this? Are there eye-witnesses to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God? In order to be able to give a defense based on evidence, I need to know the evidence. Let’s dig in and see what we discover.

I. Saint Matthew’s eye-witness account

Matthew was one of Christ’s disciples and he wrote his Gospel account based on what he had witnessed. He was also guided by God, Himself, to write the evidence that he did.

20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (II Peter 1)

Matthew did not write down what he wanted to write. He wrote based on his experience but he was guided by God. The Words that he wrote came directly from God.  The evidence that we are going to examine is directly from God.

Matthew 3:13-17 reveals what Matthew witnessed, God said, and John the Baptist experienced. John the Baptist baptized Jesus and when He rose out of the water, God demonstrated who He was by having the Holy Spirit descend on Him is the form of a dove. It was visible, for all to see and witness. Then God goes on to say that Jesus is His Son, in whom He is well pleased. Not only was there visible evidence that Christ is the Son of God, there was also audible evidence to prove who Christ was and is. Matthew recorded this event for us along with the eye-witness report.

II. Saint John’s eye-witness account

There is another John, the Gospel writer, who also witnessed who Christ was and is and wrote it down for us to examine. Of course, just like Matthew, John did not write what he wanted, he wrote his experiences as God led him. In John 1:29-36, we discover John’s account. We see John the Baptist sharing his pervious experience when he baptized Jesus. John reveals some helpful insights about who Jesus is and what He is able to do. Not only is Jesus the Son of God, He is also able to take away the sins of the world because He is God. This is part of what makes the Gospel good news. John confesses that Jesus is the Son of God. He had seen the Holy Spirit descend and he had heard the voice of the Lord. Have you allowed Jesus to take away your sins? Has He set you free from your slavery to sin? There is plenty of evidence, what are you going to do with and about that evidence?

III. Isaiah’s prophetic account

There is one more piece of evidence that I would like to examine before making our decision. Isaiah the prophet wrote almost 600 years before the birth of Christ. God used Isaiah to write some important prophecies about the first advent of Jesus, the long awaited Messiah. Isaiah wrote about what would happen to the Messiah when He walked this earth.

Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold ; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42)

We were to know the Chosen One, the Messiah by the fact that the Lord will place His Holy Spirit upon Him. God did this in Matthew 3 when Jesus was baptized. There is evidence written down close to 600 years before the birth of Christ about what would happen and then it happened before the eyes of John the Baptist.

So, what are you going to do with the evidence that has been presented to you? We have discovered that Jesus is the Son of God and He has the ability to deal with our sin problem. Now we have to decide what we are going to do with that information. Are we going to believe it or not? Are we going to accept it and live by it or not? Are we going to defend that evidence or not? May the Lord help us take that evidence, understand it, live it, and share it with others.

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6 comments on “Is Jesus the Son of God?

  1. I think Erik’s readers should know that Isaiah 42 is about the coming liberation of the Jews from Babylonian captivity by Cyrus the Great, which allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem, not about prophecies of Jesus.

    All Biblical scholars date the Isaiah 40 thru 55 as written during the Babylonian exile of the Jews from 597 to 538 BC, clearly since it mentions Cyrus the Great and the coming liberation.

    In Isaiah 41, the coming end of the captivity was told:

    “I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes– one from the rising sun who calls on my name. He treads on rulers as if they were mortar, as if he were a potter treading the clay. Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.” Isaiah 41:25 and 42:1.

    Cyrus, who had just conquered Lydia to the north was heading south to conquer Babylon.

    In fact, Isaiah 45:1-3 tells of Cyrus’ conquest of Babylon:

    “This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor.”

    “This is the end for Babylon’s gods! Bel and Nebo once were worshiped, but now they are loaded on donkeys, a burden for the backs of tired animals. The idols cannot save themselves; they are captured and carried away.This is the end for Babylon’s gods!” Isaiah 46:1

    Cyrus the Great was the Chosen One, the Messiah, who freed the Jews.

    Cyrus was so generous to the Jews that he financed their return and also paid for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem:

    “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: ” ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.” Ezra 1:1-2.

    One should be historically accurate, don’t you think?

    • I corrected the prepositions. Thanks for your help. 500 years in advance is just as good as 600 to prove that God foretold the coming of His Son, Jesus the Messiah.

      • I’m not talking about prepositions or time. You can’t just pick a verse out of the Bible and pretend it means what you want it to mean. Isaiah 42 is talking about Cyrus the Great, who freed the Jews to return to Jerusalem. He was the Chosen One, the Messiah. If you’re going to teach people the Bible, at least be accurate.

      • Now we will have to disagree. I would recommend that you read the text yourself and not what someone “thinks” is written there. There is no substitute for personal study. I would advise you to spend more time in the Biblical text and not studying “about” the text. That is the problem with many these days, they are quick to read someone’s opinions about a Bible passage instead of actually studying the passage. The prophecy in Isaiah 42 deals with Christ’s first and second advent. Some of the things were fulfilled during His first advent (the Spirit coming upon Him) and others will be fulfilled during His second advent (He will bring forth justice to the Nations). You seem to be a studious person. Put that to good use by actually studying the Biblical text.

      • The Biblical texts make it quite evident what the latter part of Isaiah is all about:

        “Jerusalem, go up on a high mountain
        and proclaim the good news!
        The Sovereign Lord is coming to rule with power,
        bringing with him the people he has rescued.” Isaiah 40:9,10

        “Who was it that brought the conqueror from the east
        and makes him triumphant wherever he goes?” Isaiah 41:2 (Cyrus was from Pasargadae, directly east of Babylon)

        “I have chosen a man who lives in the east;
        I will bring him to attack from the north.” Isaiah 41:25 (Cyrus conquered the Lydian Empire to the North, then moved south to Babylon)

        “Here is my servant, whom I strengthen—
        the one I have chosen, with whom I am pleased.
        I have filled him with my Spirit,
        and he will bring justice to every nation. Isaiah 42:1 (Cyrus is The Chosen One)

        “To save you, I will send an army against Babylon;
        I will break down the city gates…” Isaiah 43:14

        “The Lord has chosen Cyrus to be king.
        He has appointed him to conquer nations;
        he sends him to strip kings of their power..:” Isaiah 45:1

        “This is the end for Babylon’s gods!
        Bel and Nebo once were worshiped,
        but now they are loaded on donkeys,
        a burden for the backs of tired animals.
        The idols cannot save themselves;
        they are captured and carried away.
        This is the end for Babylon’s gods!” Isaiah 46:1,2

        “Babylon, come down from your throne,
        and sit in the dust on the ground.
        You were once like a virgin, a city unconquered,
        but you are soft and delicate no longer!” Isaiah 47:1

        “Assemble and listen, all of you!
        None of the gods could predict
        that the man I have chosen would attack Babylon;
        he will do what I want him to do.” Isaiah 48:14

        “I will make a highway across the mountains
        and prepare a road for my people to travel.
        My people will come from far away,
        from the north and the west,
        and from Aswan in the south.” Isaiah 49:11,12

        You have to read all of the scroll of Isaiah to understand it’s significance.

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