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Jesus -- the Messiah # 1

Jesus Sets Out for Battle


Read Mark 1:1.

1The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.



There are several words in this brief sentence that need to be understood:



“Gospel”
means “good news.” The whole account of Jesus’ life is good news. In Mark’s account, the good news is described in the way that Jesus brought God’s power to earth and conquered evil.



"Jesus” is the same person that the Qur’an calls “Isa.” In the Qur’an, Isa is given
many high titles like “Word of God” and “Spirit of God,” titles that are not given to any other prophet.



”Christ” is the Greek word for “Messiah,” a title also given in the Qur’an for Jesus. The word means “Anointed One.” In the history of the people of Israel, three offices were given by anointing: prophet, priest, and king. They were awaiting one who would bear all three of these offices in the way that God intended. Jesus is recognized in both the New Testament and in the Qur’an as the long-awaited Jewish Messiah.



“Son of God” is a Jewish term for a servant of God, one who obeys like a faithful son. It is not a biological term, but a spiritual term. In the Jewish Bible (the Christians’ “Old Testament”) the title is given to kings and prophets and the whole nation of Israel. Here, Mark calls Jesus “the” Son of God, indicating that He is more than “a” son of God like all the other obedient servants that God had in the past. In Jesus we see what it truly means to be a son of God. Later in the New Testament, after Jesus’ resurrection, He is recognized as “the Son of God from all eternity.”


Do you agree with these titles of Jesus? Looking foward to your email,


Abraham


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