In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
June 20, 2007 – Jesus, the Son of God – Luke 22:66-71
Jesus called Himself both the Son of Man and the Son of God. The first title emphasized His humanity; the second, His deity. Christ is the only person in history who was both God and man. He left heaven and laid aside His divine glory. Philippians 2:6-7 says He clothed himself with humanity.
Who recognized Christ’s divine nature?
The angels knew of His divinity. At Christ’s birth, the angel Gabriel told Mary she would bear a child. His name would be the Son of God.
Of course, God the Father knew Jesus’ nature. When John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, the heavenly Father declared, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Later, in Matthew 17:5, God affirmed this same truth and urged men and women to listen to Jesus.
Satan and his demons are aware of Jesus’ divinity. The Devil knew Jesus was God’s Son and challenged Him to use His supernatural powers to bypass God’s plan. In Luke chapter four, demons saw Jesus and shrieked that He was the Son of God.
When the disciples saw Jesus walk on water in the midst of the storm, they worshiped Him and realized He was the Son of God. In Matthew 16:16, Peter declared, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Others knew Jesus’ divine nature too. When Christ brought Lazarus back to life, his sister Martha said, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world."
The world needs to understand who Jesus is. What will you tell them?
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