The Son of Man

 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  Mattthew 16:13-14

Jesus presented Himself as the son of man. He was a son of a woman. Mary is a human being like us. She carried on her womb a fetus implanted by the Holy Spirit. Though He was borned by  woman, He was not a man like us. Jesus Christ is a supernatural Being who dictates His destiny. The Son of Man rose up from the grave after three days. The Son of Man can also forgive men of all of three sins.

The gospel is filled with the term, “the son of man”. Jesus used that term many times to reveal Himself and his mission. When He says that He is the son of man, it does not necessarily mean that He is a man like us. He was a son of a man/woman of the human race but worked the work of His Father in heaven. He can do what His Father does.

It was the Father God who revealed the true identity of Jesus Christ through Peter. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. The revelation came not through the flesh and blood, not through formal education.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 15-17

Who is Jesus Christ to you? What do you think?


The Meditation of Christ

How to meditate according to the life and teachings of Christ?

There are three powerful aspects of meditation to learn from our Lord Jesus Christ.

1) Voluntary solitude, a state or situation in which you are alone usually because you want to be.

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23

While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. Matthew 9:34-36
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. John 6:15

2) Prayer and fasting, refrain from eating earthly food while consuming the bread of life.

And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Mark 9-29

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:1-4

3) Watch and pray as the words of Christ occupy our minds and let the Spirit springs out the eternall well of life from within us.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33

What Jesus says about heaven?

“Our Father in heaven, 

Hallowed be Your name. 

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.” 

Matthew 6:9-10

Heaven must be real when Jesus spoke about it. Jesus lied if heaven does not really existed somewhere. Heaven is a place far beyond the sphere of earth’s galaxy. Jesus revealed where He came from, he was with His Father from the beginning of time but came down from above, clearly from heaven. 

Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray in this manner, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Your will be done on earth as in heaven”. There are two distinguished places, the heaven and the earth. Jesus also gave a clue to where heaven is. Occasionally, He looked up in heaven when prayed, so heaven is up therein contrast to where He was. Anywhere we are, whether on the top of the world or at the bottom of the world, heaven is above us considering the universe infinitely surrounds us.

“He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.” John 8:31-34

Lately, astronomers are discovering new large “black holes” with numberless light source like that of the sun. They might be peeking the tail of heaven. Those who believe in heaven would not be losers if there is no heaven but for those who do not believe of heaven would lose a great deal if heaven is real.

Our faith is in Jesus Christ not on heaven. Jesus is the word and will of our Father. He is more important to us than heaven itself. He is our life and light in heaven. Even on earth we have the taste of heaven when we live by His words. What profits a man if he gains the whole world and miss heaven now and forever?

Later Jesus said to them again, “I am going away. You will search for me but will die in your sin. You cannot come where I am going.” 

The people* asked, “Is he planning to commit suicide? What does he mean, ‘You cannot come where I am going’?” 

Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not. 24 That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be,* you will die in your sins.”  John 8:2-24

Who is the Lord of the devil?

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.                      Matthew 4:8-11

Jesus Christ is the Lord of all. He is the Truth, the Way and the Life as He claimed to be. Satan is the devil, the father of lies and everything that is not of the truth. He is the peddler of falsehood. He lives in darkness of artificial lights and evil thoughts. He uses mass media a lot for he is the prince of the airwaves.

He tempted Jesus but failed miserably. Satan wanted Jesus to fall like him, down to the bottomless pit of human experience. He also would like Jesus to worship him, and be the lord above Jesus Christ. Satan tempted Jesus because he wanted to know if He was the same Lord from the beginning of time before the Christ became a man. This is the battle of lordship. Who has to surrender its supremacy? Jesus won the battle for us. 

The devil was willing to give up you, me and the rest of the world provided Jesus would worship him. We are definitely included in the kingdom and glory of this world. No death and sufferings are needed to recover that which was lost. At that instance, Jesus could have escaped Calvary if He succumbed to the tempting offer of Satan. 

Jesus spoke and rebuked the devil saying, “Away with you, Satan“. This is the simple way of getting rid of Satan. Live for Christ and away from Satan. Darkness is the absence of light. Light and darkness don’t mix or live in cohabitation. Jesus is the Light of the world. Get rid of Him and we are in total darkness even in daylight. We can not think right and no moral values to love and respect others if are in living under the power of darkness.

Now here is the final words of Christ to Satan, “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only you shall serve”. The devil left Jesus alone for losing the battle of lordship. The angels afterwards came and ministered to Jesus Christ as their Lord. Who is the Lord of the spirits? Who is the Lord of the devil? Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords and the time will come that every knee shall bow to Him in full subjection every tongue shall confess that He is Lord.

The Lamb of God.

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:38-39

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. Matthew 26:42 

Dying is never been easy especially when it is for the pleasure of other’s will.
Jesus gave His life in obedience to His Father. It was not His will to suffer and die but the will of His Father. Based on His prayer at Gethsemane, if it was possible, Jesus didn’t want to suffer and die at the hands of His oppressors. Nevertheless, He prayed the will of His Father be done. This is not to minimize the love of Jesus for us. He laid down His life for us because He has loved us from the beginning.

The pain He suffered most was when His Father had forsaken Him. He was never been forsaken before by His a Father. His soul was exceedingly sorrowful for the short moment of separation. 

The finality of the sacrificial offering was when He gave (abandoned) His son for the fulfillment of the mystery of His plan. Jesus yielded up His spirit after He cried for second time with a loud voice. God had to forsake Him or withdraw from Him to die. That was a terrible crushing feeling for Jesus, possibly the epicenter of the earthquake that happened after His Death.   

Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God as presented in the gospel. A lamb follows the will of her lord and master. Her life and future belongs to the owner. No wonder, lambs were the preferred sacrificial offering in theOld Testament. In contrast, a lamb is not like a goat with a stubborned will. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. Can we see now the beauty of the man on the cross? And if He was man equal with God, what love it was for us.

 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. Matt. 26-29

The Great Question.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say,
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Matthew 27:46

The hardest question of Jesus that was ever recorded in a loud voice is “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” The question was addressed to God who alone can answer the question accurately. It appears that Jesus insulted His God with that question and also degraded Himself if He was truly a divine person, God that became a man. Word became flesh.

God knows why and what He is doing. Forsaking a Son is a heinous crime. An ordinary person would not understand that brutal act from a loving father. It is contrary to the picture God wanted Him to be known. Does it worth forsaking Jesus for the sake of us? Jesus dying on the cross seems to mean the death of God, the seizure of the universal order, the collapse of the hierarchy of all values and a chaotic cosmos.

The crucifixion story is an ugly and bloody execution of an innocent man.
The universal publication of Jesus death should have been censored; it was a horrible display than the latest beheadings in the Middle East. Jesus died as a broken man literally, physically and emotionally.

Why God did not answer the question? His nature and deity is in question.
Why? Why? You abandoned your only Son to die on the cross. Who can answer the question? Can you answer that big question? Anybody who reads this article may answer the question in his or her heart. You may save the day for God.

Jesus cried with loud voice to be heard by all who were close to Him. The big question for God can be understood, individually and personally. Can you hear the Spirit of God speaking to your heart? He was forsaken to die for a reason, very possibly for you and me. Now we know how valuable we are when God abandoned His Son for us. May we understand the magnitude of His plan and love for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

WORSHIP MADE EASY

But the hour cometh, and now is,
when the true worshippers shall worship
the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit:
and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:23-24

What is worship? It is to adore in reverence somebody. To adore is to love somebody with respect. Loving is making a connection with someone who is alive and responses dynamically as we are. Worship is a love affair in the most highest form between a lesser being with a Higher Being.

So, the equivalent of worshipping is loving. The Father God is seeking to be loved according to Jesus. He is seeking the true worshipers in short, those who would truly love Him with all their heart, soul and mind. The greatest commandment is about loving our Lord God. We come to worship our Father God because we love Him. There are things that transpire while while we are worshipping in adoration. Things that are unspeakable and beyond description like magnetic field drawing each opposite thing together.

Jesus explained that we must worship our Father in spirit and in truth. Meaning, worship is a spiritual interrelationship between two opposite beings that attract them together in sweet harmony. God is a Spirit and we are human beings made out of flesh but with mind/consciousness, soul and spirit. God does not worship Himself. He is seeking other beings like sons and daughters of the kingdom to worship Him.

The truth is worship is tailored for sons and daughters of God. We worship and pray to our Father. Not anybody can be a true worshiper. The children of God the Father are those who follow the words of Jesus Christ. His words are the Truth for He is the Truth, the Way and the Life.

We can not worship anything but God. We can only worship a Higher Being which is God Himself. There is only one Father to call in line with teaching of Christ. One God who became our Father through Jesus Christ. How can we worship God right if He is not our Father? He will be an unknown God to us if we don’t know Him as our Father.

People can be slaved to anything. They can serve and love material things for a gain. But they can not serve or love both mammon and God. The devil had tempted Jesus by giving the kingdom of this world, and its glory if only Jesus would worship him. Thereafter, Jesus rebuked the devil, saying ” You must worship the Lord thy God and serve Him only.”

Jesus made our worship easy. We can worship our God the Father anywhere, any place and anytime. The moment we love Him, we worship Him so it is a 24/7 relationship, whether you are at home, at work or at play.