There’s a new movie coming out called “Son of God”. Here’s the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcIXCok9HPg. It is incredibly heartwarming to see the movie industry finally realize the demand for Bible based movies and fill it. “Son of God” is one of a few Bible themed movies that are set to come out soon. Let’s must pray that these movies inspire people to study and become a force for good.
Contemporary Christian music is another entertainment genre that is spilling over into the mainstream. Just this morning TobyMac was on a news program this morning debuting a Christian music video. I confess to really liking KLOVE and it’s satellite competition The Message. I listen to contemporary Christian music pretty often these days. The songs are very catchy and it is nice to have uplifting media at my fingertips. Unfortunately, the doctrine the music is based on is often flawed because they are Trinitarian and are sometimes confused about who the Son of God is. For example, if you read the lyrics to “Revelation Song” http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/g/gateway_worship/revelation_song.html or listen to it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-zk-E55dRk it sure looks like the author of that song believes that Yeshua and the Father are one and the same.
Once we realize that Yeshua and Yahweh, the Son and the Father, are not the same being, the Bible really opens up with richness. The story of Abraham and Isaac become incredibly clearer. How Moses and Aaron interacted with Pharaoh becomes much more prophetic. The fact that Yeshua is actually seated at the right hand of the Father and intercedes (sits between) us and the Father is an immense reality. That He really does plead on our behalf is a heavy thing to contemplate.
In the movie trailer for “Son of God”, those who were persecuting Yeshua explode with rage when He acknowledges that he is the Son of God. Here’s the scriptural reference:
But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. John 5:17-18
The further away from Jerusalem and the Hebrew Roots the faith has gotten, the easier it has become to miss what happens in these verses. Yeshua refers to “His Father”. He has one. The same one we do.
Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.‘” John 20:17
In this verse, Yeshua tells us He has a God and it’s the same God we have, too. That’s deep.
In John 5:18, The Jews were outraged because Yeshua made Himself out to be equal to God by calling Himself the Son of God. This is Hebrew culture. It is referenced in the Prodigal Son, but another place to see this is to take note of how some people referred to Yeshua:
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” Matthew 9:27
These blind guys were calling Yeshua the Son of David because that meant He was equal to King David. He was and ancestor of David, but not really the David’s literal son. The cultural meaning here is that the blind guys understood that Yeshua’s lineage entitled him to be king of Israel. Oddly enough, they didn’t know to what extent!
Understanding what Yeshua did on the cross and what His Father and our Father did for us is the most important thing a person can know. This is the pathway to life eternal.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. John 3:16