Jesus, The Son Of God (Part I) by David Padfield

“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? So they said, Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you say that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 16:13-16).Public opinion about Jesus Christ was mixed; His Divinity was unknown to many. If you had heard this lowly Galilean carpenter in the first century, would you have believed Him to be the Son of God? Before you answer that question, remember that our Lord’s own “brothers did not believe Him” (John 7:1-5). If you, like Peter, were willing to admit our Lord’s Deity, upon what basis would you have made your determination? What evidence would you use?
When Jesus commended Peter for his affirmation of faith, our Lord said the Father had revealed to Peter that Christ was “the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:17). Have you ever wondered how the Father revealed this fact to Peter? There are several ways Peter could have known about the Deity of Christ. Let’s look at a few of these ways.
The Prophecy He Fulfilled. The Old Testament contains well over 300 prophecies concerning the Messiah. All of these prophecies were made at least 400 years before the birth of Christ. No one else in all the world could have fulfilled these prophecies. It appears the gospel of Matthew was primarily written to prove that in Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the fulfillment of all Messianic prophecy. Matthew often records minor events in the life of Christ and then quotes from the prophets to show that His actions were done to “fulfill” prophecy. Here are just a few examples:
The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; fulfilled in Matt. 1:22,23)
The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; fulfilled in Matt. 2:5,6)
The Messiah would be “called out of Egypt” (Hosea 11:1; fulfilled in Matt. 2:15)
The massacre of innocent male children (Jer. 31:15; fulfilled in Matt. 1:16-18)
The Messiah would be preceded by a messenger (Isa. 40:3; fulfilled in Matt. 3:3)
The Messiah’s work would begin in Galilee (Isa. 9:1,2; fulfilled in Matt. 4:12-16)
The Messiah would take “our infirmities” (Isa. 53:4; fulfilled in Matt. 8:17)
The Messiah would teach by parables (Psa. 78:2; fulfilled in Matt. 13:34-35)
The Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech. 9:9; fulfilled in Matt. 21:1-10)
The Messiah would be sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zech. 11:12; fulfilled in Matt. 27:9)
Lots would be cast for the Messiah’s clothing (Psa. 22:18; fulfilled in Matt. 27:35)

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