Homeschool Co-op has begun again… 🙂
My girls love co-op. And well so do I. With the beginning of co-op also comes chapel. This year in chapel I have chosen to continue the Names of God series.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
It is the names of God that represent His identity. He has given us His names that we might know Him. This year in chapel our focus will be on the names of Christ.
And there is salvation in no one else;
for there is no other name under heaven
that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
Knowing who Jesus is and who we profess Him to be His crucial…
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi,
He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah;
but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona,
because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you,
but My Father who is in heaven.
I also say to you that you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build My church;
and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
So our focus this season will be to get to know our Savior a little more and a little deeper.
The name of Christ that we will look at first is Huios… this name is Greek for Son.
Knowing and believing that Jesus is indeed the Huios of God is huge. As we read in Matthew 16 we see that knowing this and believing this and confessing this only comes through the revelation of God Himself. You just don’t “come up” with this truth. Not only that, it is upon this truth that the Church of God stands and not even the gates of hell will prevail against this very confession.
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Here’s the kicker.
Jesus did not become the Son when He was conceived in Mary’s womb.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name Him Jesus
The word conceive in Luke 1:31 is sullambano and it comes from the word lambano and it means to take up a thing to be carried, to take upon one’s self, to take possession of, to receive what is offered, to receive a person, to give him access to one’s self.
In Galatians 4:4 we read
But when the fullness of the time came,
God sent forth His Son,
born of a woman, born under the Law,
You see the Son was sent…
Jesus did not become the Son of God in Mary’s womb, He always was the Son of God and Mary simply received Him and carried Him. He left the glory of heaven and became the prisoner of Mary’s womb in order to become the prisoner of this flesh of ours in order to set not just Himself free but all who would believe and receive Him unto themselves… this Christ, this Huios of the Living God.
By this the love of God was manifested in us,
that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world
so that we might live through Him.
In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10
I shared in Chapel about how when I read in the Old Testament all the focus on the firstborn son I always wondered what the big deal was. Why such focus on this firstborn son? I mean over and over it again the scriptures would talk about how the life and strength and dignity and power of a man was in His firstborn son… and then it hit me… it should have done so long ago… but I think God gets parental joy by giving us gifts of His revealed truth in spurts just so He can see us smile at His greatness and the simple fact that in His awesomeness He still has such amazing love for us…
You see everything has always pointed to Christ, to the Son.
God wants us to see that His power, His life, His strength, His dignity, His might, His authority is in His Son. It always was and it always will be…
For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
So precious one… the question is who do you say that He is?