Son of God? That title alone brings turmoil and debate from those that are not even Christian.
When one absorbs Isaiah 9:6, one of the prime Jewish prophets, Isaiah declares;
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
Since Isaiah is a great prophet, one would have difficulty separating the titles from Jesus’ majesty established at His birth and bringing to bear numerous prophecies concerning His life. Either Jesus is as the Bible declares and as Isaiah stipulated or we can dismiss class and declare Christianity and salvation kaput.
Jesus coming not as a conquering king troubled many followers. Christ displaying awesome power and authority after being completely filled of the Holy Spirit troubled the Jewish hierarchy. The Romans were troubled by the fear of Jesus codifying all of those willing to go into rebellion against their authority since Jesus was a charismatic leader. One word from Jesus would have created a dangerous insurrection.
Pontius Pilot received more information from Christ regarding Jesus’ authority and kingdom than anyone else. Jesus emphatically told Pilot, “My kingdom is not of this Earth”, thus informing Pilot of Jesus’ deity and relaxing any fears of a challenge to Pilot's Roman authority. Pilot sought to release Jesus three times but ran into a supernatural roadblock each time. Jesus’ divine destruction was predestined.
Today debate still rages concerning the deity of Christ and the scriptures declaring Jesus was fully human and fully divine, God in the flesh. As many things in the Bible it is a contradictory paradox of terms.
The only way human understanding can be satisfied is to diminish who and what Christ represented, particularly those attempting to comprehend Christ through their own intellectualism. For these people it is mandatory to reject the entire construct of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind from sin by Jesus’ sacrifice and what the sacrifice represented.
Their strategy is to sow seeds of doubt by floating things as the following; Jesus was not really divine, Jesus fathered children, Jesus married Mary Magdalene secretly, or spent time in India. Any of these issues not only casts doubt on Jesus’ claim of divinity, but devalues the human side of Christ for leaving children without support, or abandoning His obligations as an earthly father, son, or husband.
Any claims to perfection in a human life would dissipate if Christ turned out to be a deadbeat dad and not provide for His children. The Bible calls those failing to provide proper support of their family as “worse than an infidel”. Much unfinished business can be claimed if any of these preposterous ideals held water.
A fascinating contradiction is the fully human and fully divine at the same time. This completely baffles human understanding, however we are talking about the Son of God. If Jesus set aside His heavenly glory, then His qualifications as divine yet human can apply.
An incredible display of His ongoing divine nature took place during the transfiguration witnessed by His inner circle of disciples. Although Jesus possessed the full measure of the Holy Spirit and had supernatural faith, Jesus still tired, got hungry, and became thirsty. These are all attributes of human limitations that were not overridden by His divine nature. How Jesus could purposely set it aside is beyond our comprehension anyway, but it was a conscience effort and discipline Jesus displayed to do so.
A mystery remains in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus struggled with God’s plan of redemption and asked to “let this cup of poison pass from Him”. Christ displayed an authentic condition of extreme stress where great drops of blood perspired from Him. This is a real medical disorder that can take place under conditions of extreme duress.http://www.gotquestions.org/garden-of-Gethsemane.html
Much speculation persists, however those thinking Jesus feared death really missed the mark. Christ knew He would die and be raised up again, so fearing death is a meaningless explanation. What really terrified Jesus was His separation from the Father for the first time in eternity past. This was a point in time where perfect love could not cast out fear. The reason was understandable. We humans cannot yet fathom such a horrible condition.http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/706/Separation-from-God.htm
Jesus declared His supremacy over all things when He ascended into heaven stating, “all power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” You just do not have teachers or prophets making policy as that. One cannot accept anything less than what was proclaimed by Christ through the gospels and ultimately during His ascension to be the Perfect High Priest until returning to establish His kingdom in the New Jerusalem.
Christ is as He has stated…..nothing more and nothing less.