For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Beloved Son!

And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." Mark 1:11

Commenting on this verse, James Edwards writes:
In the sublime declaration to Jesus at the baptism we encounter Fatherly love and filial obedience, kingship, and suffering service. Each is a facet of what it means to be the Son of God.

To no prophet had words been spoken such as the words to Jesus at the baptism.

Abraham was a friend of God (Isa 41:8)

Moses a servant of God (Deut 34:5)

Aaron a chosen one of God (Ps 105:26)

David a man after God's own heart (1 Sam 13:14)

and Paul an apostle (Rom 1:1)

Only Israel (Exod 4:23) and the king as Israel's leader (Ps 2:7) had been called God's Son before.

But where Israel failed [and all Isreal's kings failed!], Jesus takes [their] place.
James Edwards, The Gospel According To Mark (Pillar New Testament Commentary)

Jesus is the new and better Israel! Jesus is the new and better King of Kings of Israel!

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