The Divinity and Humanity of Jesus Essay

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“Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:27) is one of the most fundamental questions that Jesus asked his disciples. It is a question, from my personal viewpoint, that has a simple answer. Jesus is Lord! Needless to say, there is more to the identity of Jesus, but it is my belief that Jesus is the Messiah, the second person of the Holy Trinity. He is the promised Savior foretold in the Old Testament by the prophets. There is an endless list that gives Jesus titles such as Ruler and King, Master and Teacher, Savior and Christ, but in Acts 2:36 Luke writes, “God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Jesus is the one who went to the Cross to bring humankind forgiveness, redemption, and salvation. Over the…show more content…
Another personal favorite scripture is also written in the gospel of John, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (3:16). John is emphasizing the relationship between Father [God] and Son [Jesus]. He is saying that the Son has come from the Father and in order to see the Father one must first believe in the Son (125). Divinity is the very character of God. Therefore, Jesus’ divinity is made known repeatedly throughout the New Testament. In the very first words of the Gospel of Mark 1:1, Mark writes “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” It establishes him as the manifestation of God in human form. Then later in Mark 1:14, scripture says that the time had come for worldwide repentance because the “Kingdom of God” was coming soon. Jesus is not who they imagined; the people of Israel were expecting a king who would establish an earthly kingdom and rescue them from the oppression of the Roman Empire. The Jewish community did not understand nor did it resonate that God’s deliverance would be for all people (108-109). With the proclamation of the Kingdom of God, Jesus seeks to bring about God’s plan for humanity through physical, spiritual, and social healing. His purpose and mission is to prepare the hearts and minds of the people so they can build new lives in God’s kingdom. Jesus often uses stories to illustrate his message
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