Barak Hussein Obama, by the church world’s current standards, had some good comments at the Easter Prayer Breakfast 2012. Various remarks were open to theological question but most notably he fell short of the message of who Jesus really is in His relationship to God. As you listen to this video, at minute 3.02 Jesus is called “a son of God.” Perhaps in this apostate church world we live in he was doing his best to deliver the smooth message that everyone in a diverse group of church leaders would want to hear. Prayer and some inspirational music followed the president’s remarks. An apostate church usually has good things to say that will appeal to a diverse audience, but what good does it do if, in the end, they have a message that will not save from sin? It is difficult for me, a believer, to get past that one remark about Jesus as merely “a son of God”.
"It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace. And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured -- not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.” Barak Hussein Obama
Jesus: Not Just Any Son But The Son of God
He just couldn’t do it. Barak Hussein Obama just couldn’t (or wouldn’t) seem to admit that Jesus Christ is the SON OF GOD. Perhaps it was because he was appealing to a broad base of Christianity where some in his present company may have defaulted on WHO or what is the object of their saving faith. Maybe it is because he is really a Muslim, as is believed by many, and he repositioned Jesus to fit his own ideas. Perhaps, as a Muslim man, he was practicing Taqiyya (lying for the sake of Allah) on a group of infidels. His denial of Jesus as God in the flesh seems evident in that statement. It could be out of ignorance or out of design, but Barak Hussein Obama chose to put Jesus on equal footing with every other prophet in the Bible. Every human prophet has always had a message that they would live and die for. He chose to bring Jesus down to the level of a mere human being. At the very least, could it be that he doesn’t understand who Jesus really is because of the apostate condition of his home church?
Please note this conversation that Jesus had with His disciples and Jesus’ own answer to their question:
Matthew 16: 13-17
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying,
Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
It is true that the term 'son', son of God or sons of God is used in various places in the Bible. In speaking of the geneology of human bloodlines, it can mean a normal human parent to son blood relationship. (1Chronicles 1: 28) or it can mean a special relationship 'son', such as when Abraham had the son of promise, Isaac. That relationship of promise looked ahead to Jesus, the Savior of mankind, who would come from Isaac and from the tribe of Judah. (Genesis 21:12) Abraham was the father of many nations and had other sons so the relationship with Isaac was a special one with a divine purpose. Our eternal relationship with God our Father was established at the cross. Through Jesus Christ our relationship as sons (and daughters) is by adoption through that faith and is the only way we can obtain our relationship as the sons of god. If it is only through Jesus Christ that our sonship is obtained, that must make Jesus Christ truly unique and not just 'a son' among many other sons. In John 10: 30, it is Jesus that said: “I and my Father are one.”
Ephesians: 1: 5-7
“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
1 John 3: 1-2
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
The term 'son' means something different when talking about Jesus. There are many things written about Jesus throughout Scripture that are unique and specific to Him and Him alone. Throughout the Old Testament He was prophesied about. The details of His birth, life, and death were foretold. In fulfillment of that Scripture, in the New Testament He was established to be the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8: 29), one of a kind, the uniquely born Son of the Living God, who is the only 'son' born of a human virgin mother with the eternal God as the Father. Since Jesus was not conceived in the normal way that a human is conceived, He has no natural born human Father. He is true God and true Man. Jesus is the first one that was placed in a grave and defied death by rising again on the third day. He is the only one with all of these Biblical credentials. Therefore, as THE SON OF GOD, he stands alone.
This week I have been thinking about the Lord and His sacrifice for my sins on the
cross. I know that I could never have saved myself. Why would the great God who
created all things humble himself by becoming a man? My sins would have separated me from God. No matter how hard I want to be perfect, even in my desire to follow Him, I can affirm in my own life that I fall short. What the Apostle Paul said rings true for me too:
Romans 7: 18-19
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.”
We live in a time of great sin and sorrow. This is what we see as we look at the world around us. Judging by that verse in Romans above and also by what I see in things around me, that Biblical statement sums it up for all of us. We all sin even when that is not our goal. Although there are those that really do not care, many of us really don’t want to harm anyone. We are surrounded by a world that is growing increasingly dark as the end times rapidly bring this age to a close. To make it worse, the lines become blurred under our human condition. There are those in these end times that keep moving the line between right and wrong. The apostate church keeps shifting its focus. Without Jesus Christ in our lives, we are all hopelessly lost.
This time of the year is the most important time of year for a Christian. Jesus, the spotless and sinless Lamb of God, was sacrificed for the sins of the world. Of His own impending death He said:
John 10: 17-18
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and
I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
To an apostate church that is running away from this grace, I say please come back to the importance of the message of the cross. Take away that emphasis on the Easter bunny, the egg-filled baskets and candy. Please return to your Lord and Savior, your first love. There is no hope outside of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Perhaps if the church would preach the pure message of salvation, there would not be so many Barak Obamas who call Jesus Christ “a son of God.” Perhaps, in the lives of many, Jesus would resume His rightful place seated at the right hand of the Father. There would not be so many calling themselves Christians that do not fully appreciate who Jesus is and what He did for the world and for them as individuals. There would not be so many willing and ready to mix the religions of the world together into a common religion fit for the False Prophet. The unwary apostate church would not equate the three Abrahamic faiths as almost the same.
Finally, in an age of great apostasy, we must put the words of the Apostle Paul written in the Bible to its greatest test:
1Corinthians 15: 14-15
“And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead raise not.”
So, if Jesus did not raise from the dead, then truly this is the greatest apostasy of them all and the church exists for the reason of social justice and a parameter for morality. There is no power to save and we are all dead in our sins. We will just have to try harder with our good works. Praise God, this is not the case.
Hallelujah! I know that Jesus is alive and is become the first fruits of them that slept. I will live forever with Jesus Christ because of what He did for me. I am adopted into His family. I long to see Him in all His glory. Yes, I truly believe…......
Blessings to all of God’s sons who have been adopted into this wonderful family through Jesus Christ.
He is Risen!!
With Love In Jesus Name,