Who is this Son?
I was reading John 12 this afternoon and came across verse 34:
“The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abides for ever: and how can you say, The Son of man must be crucified? Who is this Son of man?”
The prevailing opinion concerning the promised Messiah, the Anointed of God, was that he would be eternal, live forever. Any concept that did not fit their paradigm was automatically ruled out.
Jesus began in verse 23 by talking about “the Son of man” that he would be glorified, fall into the ground and die; he mentions losing one’s life and that he would be “lifted up.” This just did not compute in their minds, prejudiced as they were with their own definitions of what the Messiah was to be.
Today, the difficulty comes with preconceived definitions of what ‘God the Son’ has to be: eternal into eternity past…”We have heard that God the Son abides for ever: how can you say that he is really the Son of God? Who is this Son of God if he pre-existed Bethlehem?”
Don’t forget verse 42: “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him: but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
There are more that believe than we know about. We must pray that God will encourage them to love His praise.
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