the sweet gospel study week 4 // Jesus, God in the Flesh

Welcome to week four of our Bible study! Last week we talked about man and his sin, and this week we're talking about Jesus, God's Son who came in the flesh!

this week's video

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Jesus is the Son of God.

God called Jesus His Son publicly at Jesus' baptism in Matthew 3:16-17:

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son,with whom I am well pleased.” 

And Jesus said He is one with the Father, and called Himself the Son of God:

“I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?”  The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” John 10:30-38

John 3:16 also tells us that Jesus was God's only Son:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 

Jesus existed before the foundation of the world.

From the beginning of time the book of John tells us that Jesus existed, and all things were made through Him:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

Jesus, the Son of God became a man.

The Bible also tells us who this Word is- Jesus- a few verses later:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Jesus was born supernaturally- we know this from Luke 1:

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:26-35)

Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life.

Jesus did what we could never do: He lived a sinless life. He emptied Himself of His status and became a servant (Philippians 2:5-8), being born and placed into a feeding trough (Luke 2:7), then becoming a carpenter! His becoming human allowed Him to experience everything man experienced so He could sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15), but He did it without sinning against God. He obeyed God in every way, being obedient to the point of dying on the cross as God ordained for Him to do. (Philippians 2:8)

Jesus died and rose again, defeating death.

Jesus gave up His own life, and was crucified on a cross (Matthew 27), buried, and raised from the dead (Matthew 28) so that you and I could live and be reconciled to (or at peace with) God! The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but Jesus died and rose again from the dead, defeating the law of sin and death over those who believe in Him!! (Romans 8:1-4)

Jesus is the only way to be with God.

This is the why Jesus is the One upon whom the Gospel and everything we believe hinges!! If you do not believe in Jesus, you cannot be reconciled with God. Only through Jesus alone can man be saved from His sin.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus is Lord of all, and God has given Him a name above every name! God has declared in His Word that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11) 

For those who believe in Jesus, we are confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord now! We are bowing to His Lordship over everything- even our own lives- to the glory of God the Father. When you believe and trust in Jesus, you are submitting everything to Him, because He is worthy of all of it and more.

He made it possible for you to come to Him.

This is what I long for you to do with your life, because nothing else in this world will satisfy your soul! Jesus invites you to come to Him so that you can find rest from your burden:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
He came so that we might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10), and He gives us His joy so that our joy may be full (John 15:11). It is the best news of our life!

this week's assignment

Over the next week, read Week 4: Jesus, God in the Flesh and complete the homework on pages 45-47. Be sure to be honest with your thoughts, and always ask the Lord to help you understand more about Him as you read the Scriptures this week! :)

If you are interested in reading more about what Jesus says about Himself, you can also read John  chapters 14-17! It contains so much more information than I can tell you here! :)

If the Lord wills, next week, Wednesday, December 20, I'll introduce Week 5 both on Facebook (Live!) and here on the blog, and we will talk more about His perfect sacrifice and why it was necessary for us to be restored to fellowship with God.

Thank you for going on this journey with me!! I would love to hear any thoughts or questions you might have about this week!

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