Summary: Nature, Attibutes and Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD.
“GOD THE SON”
By ABIMBOLA.O. SALU.
Jesus Christ, the second person of the Blessed Holy Trinity is God the Son. He is the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [See Isaiah 9 v.6]. He is also the “Bread of Life”[see John 6 v. 35], the Son of God [see John 1 v. 34 and 49], the King of Israel [see John 1 v.49] the Lamb of God [see John 1 v.29] and the Good Shepard [see John 10 v. 11]. He is the Light of the World [see John 8 v.12 and John 9v.5], the Son of Man [see John 1 v.57] and the True Vine [see John 15 v.1]. He is the great “I AM”[see John 8 v.58] where Jesus confirmed his God ship as stated in Exodus 3 v.14. In John 8 v. 58, when Jesus responded to questions from the Jews about his claims about himself. He said specifically
“ I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I AM”.
This is a direct confirmation that he is one of the persons of the Trinity because when Moses asked GOD what he should say when the children of Israel asked who had sent him to lead them out of Egypt, God said to Moses
“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites “I AM “ has sent me to you”. [See Exodus 3 v.14]
700 years before Jesus Christ was born, Prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament foretold his birth. In Isaiah 7 v. 14, the Bible says:
“The virgin shall be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel”
This same verse was confirmed in the New Testament in Mathew 1 v.23. Again, in Isaiah 9 v. 6-7, it was recorded that:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given
And the government will be upon his shoulders
And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, and Mighty God
Everlasting Father Prince of Peace
Of the increase of his government and peace
There will be no end
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom
Establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
From that time on and forever
The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this”.
Isaiah 11 v.1 and 2 records that:
“A shoot will come from the stump of Jesse
From his roots a Branch will bear fruit
The spirit of the Lord will rest on him
The spirit of wisdom and of understanding
The spirit of counsel and of power
The spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord”
Apart from predicting his birth, the Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 53 v.1-5 also predicted his life and his death:
“Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arms of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot
And like a root out of dry ground
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him
Nothing in his appearance that we should desire him
He was despised and rejected by men
A man of sorrows and familiar with suffering
Like one from whom men hide their faces
He was despised and we esteemed him not
Surely He took up our infirmities
And carried away our sorrows
Yet we considered him stricken by God
Smitten by him and afflicted
But he was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our iniquities
The punishment that brought us peace was upon him
And by his wounds we are healed”.
The Bible records more than 300 prophecies concerning Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. All these prophecies were fulfilled through his life, death and resurrection. Statisticians have come to the conclusion that the chances of one person fulfilling 8 of these prophecies are 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.
Some of the other prophets in the Old Testament that predicted His birth include Prophet Hosea [see Hosea 11 v.1]:
“When Israel was a child I love him
And out of Egypt I have called my Son”.
Prophet Micah said in Micah 5 v.2:
“But you Bethlehem Ephrathah
Though you are small among the clans of Judah
Out of you will come for me
One who will be ruler over Israel
Whose origins are from of old from ancient times”
This verse is also confirmed in the New Testament in Mathew 2 v. 6.
The life of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament is a fulfillment of what was foretold in the Old Testament. The Apostle John in the Gospel according to St. John wrote a Prologue, which described Jesus Christ as the “pre-existent Word incarnate”
John 1 v. 1, 14 and 18 records thus:
“In the beginning was the Word 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. In him was life and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it. 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”.