Jesus the Son of God

Christians believe that Jesus is "the human face of God." When Philip asked Jesus to show him and the other apostles the Father, Jesus replied: "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?" (John 14:9-10).

It was only after the resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost that the apostles and other disciples began to really understand who Jesus was. Yet Jesus had done many startling things while he was with them: He cured lepers, made deaf people hear, gave sight to the blind, enabled the lame to walk, drove out demons. He demonstrated his power over nature when he calmed the storm and multiplied the loaves and fishes.  He claimed unity with the Father and backed up his claim by forgiving sin, something only God could do. He raised the dead to life. He claimed to be the resurrection and the life, the living Water that leads to eternal life, the light of the world.

As we have seen, Jesus called God Father and is related to him in a unique way. He taught that only the Son knows the Father, that all the Father has is his, that the Father has given him all power, that his words are the words of the Father who sent him.  If we know Jesus, we know the Father. And if we love Jesus, both Jesus and the Father will take up their dwelling within us.

The early Christians, who had seen Jesus risen from the dead and who were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, proclaimed with no hesitation: Jesus is Lord! Jesus is the Son of God! Jesus is God! • Everything about Jesus reveals the Father. His presence, his words, his healing touches, his forgiving glances and especially his death and resurrection show us what is really real. They reveal God because Jesus is the Word of God.  Christians believe: "For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Jesus is Emmanuel, "God-is-with-us." Jesus is God-made-man who comes to deliver us from sin and death and bestow on us a share in the eternal life he shares with the Father from all time. And he gives the greatest of all promises: "And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time" (Matthew 28:20).