With all the current hype of a Jesus Christ Superstar revival
and the Da Vinci Code, Jesus’ Godhead versus
His manhood have been called into question.

 

However, based upon scripture we know the following three important concepts:

 

·     Jesus was true God and true man.

 

In Jesus Christ superstar, Mary Magdalene sings that Jesus was just a man.   However, many verses in scripture talk about who Jesus really was:

 

Philippians 2:5-7
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
    6Who, being in very nature[1] God,
       did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
    7but made himself nothing,
       taking the very nature[2] of a servant,
       being made in human likeness.  
         Footnotes: 2:6 Or in the form of ; 2:7 Or the form

Matthew 1:23
23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"[1] --which means, "God with us."  Footnotes: 1:23 Isaiah 7:14

1 Timothy 2:5
5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

John 1:1, 14
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,[1] who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.   
Footnotes: 1-Or the Only Begotten

Questions:

*    Is the “Word” God, Man, or both?

*    Who is the “Word” referring to?

 

·     2) He never sinned and He did not have an intimate relationship
      with or marry Mary Magdalene

 

In the Da Vinci Code and in Gnostic religious books, we are told that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had intimate relationships, kissed often and may have gotten married. 

 

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.

 

As for Mary Magdalene, the Bible only tells us this about her:

·       Jesus cast seven demons from her.

·       She was at His crucifixion.

·       She witnessed Christ's burial.

·       She was with the group of women ("The Myrrh-bearers") at  the tomb after Jesus’ burial

·       She was the first person to see the risen Christ.

 

It does not say anymore.  While some Theologians have speculated that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute and was the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet – neither of these is stated in scripture.  These beliefs are purely conjecture and not founded in scripture.

 

NOTE: To add or take away from scriptures account is simply is wrong.   Jesus’ warning in Revelations 22:18-19 should be a reminder about how we should view all of scripture:

 

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

 

Questions:

*    According to Revelation’s view of scriptural interpretation, Is it acceptable then to say Jesus got married or had intimate relationships with women? Yes or No?

*    Why would Satan want you to think Jesus did this?

 

·     3) Satan is a deceiver and desires to confuse your beliefs in God. 
He does that by telling
“half-truths” which get you to doubt God’s word.

 

Satan even tried to tell Jesus half truths when he tempted Jesus; but Jesus was not fooled.  After all, He inspired the scriptures and new them better than Satan did.

 

 Matthew 4:1-11

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'[1] " 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: “’He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
7Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"  8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."  10Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'[4] “ 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

 

2 John 1:7
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

 

2 Corinthians 2:10-12 Paul writes:

I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

 

2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:8-10

9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.

 

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 

1 John 2:22
Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist–he denies the Father and the Son.

 

Questions:

*    According to these verses, what are the characteristics of Satan?

*    How do these compare or contrast with Jesus’ characteristics?

*    Can Satan be trusted to tell you the truth about Jesus and scripture?

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*    How can we know when Satan is deceiving us?  What should we do?