Recognizing Jesus

Recognizing Jesus

   Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? Mark 6:3

   The Nicene Creed grew out of the first of seven ecumenical church councils—the First Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. The central issue the council was tasked with debating was the nature of Jesus Christ and His relationship to God the Father. That is, was Christ truly divine? (The Council recognized that He was and is.)

Recommended Reading: Matthew 12:48-50

   A similar question evolved in Nazareth when Jesus arrived there with His disciples. His teaching in the synagogue was so profound that “many hearing Him were astonished” (Mark 6:2). Those who heard Jesus teach and saw His miracles wondered how a mere human could do such things. After all, He was from a local family—the crowds knew His mother and brothers and sisters (verse 3). They had not yet realized that Jesus was the divine Messiah of Israel—the Son of God as well as Son of Man.

   While His neighbors and even His family did not fully comprehend who Jesus was, we know and affirm that Christ is the Son of God and that because He is divine, He could state: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9, NIV).

   Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God mighty to save, but the Son of Man able to feel. J. C. Ryle