God The Son
Sermon Summary
This message continues the series on The Holy Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Last week we talked about God The Father. Now we look at the concept of God The Son. Jesus revealed to us the True God and the True Life. This message will be a two part message within the series. Amongst many other things, Jesus revealed to us God’s love, His knowledge, His mercy and His power. Today we will look at examples, word pictures, stories from the Bible that show us how Jesus brought about these revelations.  

Community Group Discussion Guide

1. What are some ways in which the stories of Jesus in the Bible have helped you understand more about God?

2. In what ways do we see the Father’s love and the Father’s mercy in and through the life of Jesus on this earth?
John 15:9  "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
John 15:10  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
John 15:11  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:12  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
John 15:13  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

3. Jesus was the Word of God made flesh. In other words, Jesus was the living revelation of God The Father and as such revealed to us the vast knowledge of God. The following passage is from a discussion Jesus had with with some of the religious leaders. Read it and discuss one of the major benefits Jesus told them they would have if they received the truth He offered.
John 8:28  So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
John 8:29  The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."
John 8:30  Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
John 8:31  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
John 8:32  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
 
4. Jesus revealed the power of God in both His life and HIs death. How so?
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God —
2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures
3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David,
4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.


Full Sermon Notes


God The Son

The concept of The Holy Trinity, God The Father, God The Son, God The Holy Spirit, is such a deep and sometimes baffling concept, yet it is at the same time a wonderful concept that helps us understand the various aspects of The One True God! Last week we talked about how we relate to God as Father! God, as Father has so many attributes! We talked about God's deep, deep love, His vast knowledge, His amazing mercy, and His almighty power! God wants us to know these things about Him, but He doesn't just want us to know them!! He wants us to experience them. In order for us to experience them, He had to do more than inform us about them. He had to do more than just state them, He had to show us! He had to make a statement. And what a statement He made when Almighty God stepped out of glory and took on Human flesh, It was such an event that it even split time, B.C. - A.D.

"So God stepped out of heaven, took on human flesh and walked on the earth? So What did that look like?" I'm glad you asked! We actually have word pictures in the Bible that show us exactly what that looked like. Jesus came to be... the "in the flesh," "living, breathing," "walking, talking," "loving, healing," "laughing, weeping," revelation of The Almighty God to the world: To the world He had created and loved so very much!!
And as such, the living revelation, Jesus, God the Son, showed us two major things:

The True God
The True Life

He revealed to us the true God and He revealed to us the true life! He showed us God The Father's heart and He showed us God the Father's will for our lives! He came to help us understand God by being a perfect example for us to see!! Listen to our text for today.

1 John 5:20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

As I said last week, some people think it is arrogant to believe in only one, true God, but I think it's a wonderful truth. You see, of the thousands of supposed god's out there, you don't have to wonder which ones are good, which ones are bad, which ones you should believe in, which one is real, which one created you, which one loves you, which one will help you, or which one wants you to know him! Why? Because...

God the Son came to show us the True God!

Jesus came to show us the Father. You might remember, we talked about this a few weeks ago. If you weren't here, let me remind you of a conversation Jesus had with His disciples.

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.

God the Son came to show us God the Father! Now, just how did He do this? Well, let me first remind you of four things from last week and I'll show you. We talked about the love of the Father, the knowledge of the Father, the mercy of the Father, and the power of the Father. Now let's talk about how God the Son showed us The Father in these four things.

The Son Showed us the Love of The Father!

How many of you would agree with the following statements…
A good father loves his children!
A good father spends time with his children!
 
Remember, I told you there would be word pictures.
Mark 10:13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

And another picture of the love of the Father for His children.

Mark 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Welcomes the One who sent me? That's God the Father. And you know what thrills me about the love of the Father for His children that Jesus showed us here? Any adult who is willing to have child like faith in God, God adopts as one of His very own children. And it's good to be a child of God!!!!

One more picture of the Father's love shown through the Son…

Mark 1:40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”
41 Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:
44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

Through God the Son, God the Father reached out a real human hand and touched the leper and that leper was immediately healed. But the greater miracle here was not the physical healing, but the emotional and spiritual healing that took place when Almighty God showed His willingness to touch the grossness of human suffering with His love! What a picture!!!  Another attribute of The Father that is revealed in The is the knowledge of the Father!

The Son Showed us the Knowledge of The Father!

 Paul put it this way in his letter to the Colossian Church.

Colossians 2:1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.
2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

And now a quick picture of how God the Son revealed the knowledge of the Father while here on the earth. It began when the Son of God was but a child…

Luke 2:41Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.

42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

This phrase "in my Father's house," can also be translated "about my Father's business."
Let's read on...

50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Jesus, as God the Son, had taken on human flesh. He was a real human being. He was fully God, but fully man, and as a human being He came into this world as a baby and grew as a child and became a man. No scholar or theologian knows exactly when Jesus fully realized His connection with the Father and that He was God the Son, but it is evident that at 12 years old the desire to share, show and reveal the knowledge and wisdom of The Father was becoming a burning desire for Jesus! He would grow to become the greatest teacher of all time as He sought to show us the knowledge of God the Father! Of course not every one appreciated the teaching of Jesus. The teachers of the law who had been impressed with him as a child would later be threatened by his revelations!

Listen to this example in Luke's gospel...

Luke 20:19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them,
24 “Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?”
25 “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

Astonished by His answer, they became silent! Gotta love that! But God the Son also revealed another attribute of God the Father we talked about last week.

The Son Showed us the Mercy of The Father!

God the Son spoke about mercy in His famous sermon on the mount...

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Jesus not only spoke about mercy, He practiced mercy. Once Jesus was having dinner with one of His newest followers. What happened paints a picture of the true heart and mercy of God...

Matthew 9:10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples.
11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

And later God the Son would paint the ultimate picture of the mercy of God. The very people who had sought to disparage the teachings of Jesus and shut Him down, the very people who despised the very idea of God's mercy to sinners, were shown mercy!

Listen as God's Word paints the picture...

Luke 23:33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

Jesus offers His killers forgiveness and mercy by praying for them and they sneer at Him? Let me tell you something, there could be no greater proof of the mercy of God the Father right here.

The fact He didn't reign down fire from heaven and turn the hill known as Golgotha into a crater is, wow, simply astounding!

Okay, one last way in which God the Son showed us God the Father and pointed to the One True God!

The Son Showed us the Power of The Father!

Through out the life of Jesus He depended on and displayed the power of the Father!
You must remember while He was in nature God, He had limited Himself in many of the attributes of God in order to take on human flesh. This is why He had to depend on the power of God the Father. Another picture...

Luke 5:17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.
18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?
24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . .” He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.

Let me point out something to you about this story. Jesus healed the man because He cared about his physical malady. But Jesus knew the Father was more concerned about his spiritual malady due to sin and that's why he brought up the man's sin. Jesus knew the worse case scenario for the man physically would be to remain crippled for the rest of his life! At death his physical struggles would be over. But spiritually, if he failed to get that right before he died, he would have to deal with that forever! As I said, Jesus, healed the guy because He cared about him, but He also used this to show the religious leaders He did have the power to not just say "your sins are forgiven," but to truly forgive sins. Why? Because His authority came from the God the Father and because He would personally pay the price for the sins He would forgive!

And let me say this: The sacrifice Jesus would make by literally dying on a cruel cross for the sins of the world would give Him one more opportunity to showcase the power of God The Father...

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God —
2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures
3 regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David,
4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.
6 And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

How would your life be different if the power of almighty God worked in your life as it did in the life of Christ?

So God the Son showed us the love of God the Father, the knowledge of God the Father, the mercy of God the Father and the power of God the Father, what does this have to do with my life? Jesus wants you to understand the Father's love for His children! Jesus wants to teach you the Father's knowledge and wisdom. Jesus wants to show you the mercy and forgiveness of the Father! Jesus wants you to have God's power in your life just like He had in His life while He was here!

Just knowing God almighty desires to be all of that to you should be enough to begin a transformation. A change that could start today and last for an eternity. Next week we're going to do part two of this message. Jesus came to show us the True God and the True Life. Next week the "True Life!" Pray