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Jesus Dignity

We can gain some idea of the importance and of the significance of a piece of work from the kind of person who accomplishes it. So in the Gospel the person and the work of Jesus impenetrate. The one can scarcely be understood apart from the other. Thus it is not without its significance for our iniquity that Luke has a good deal to say about the Nature of Jesus. Very early in the Gospel he records that the angel messenger sent to Mary spoke of a child that was to be born as "the Son of God" *see Luke1:35* The expression "Son of God" means no more than that a man is in right relationship with God, and also that he is serving God faithfully (as when Solomon is spoken of in this way, 1Chor.22:10, or when believers have this title 1John3:1). But it can mean more. And in this context there cannot be the slightest
doubt that
it does mean more. The angel is explaining to Mary the way in which the child is to be born. There will be the intervention of no male whatsoever. Instead "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee." It is because of this the child is to be called Holy, and the SON OF GOD. The context demands that the expression be given as full a content as it will take. Luke never loses sight of this high dignity of the Saviour. So he records Elizabeth's words to Mary, *Luke1:42* "Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" and he tells us that she greeted Mary as the mother of "My Lord" *Luke1:43* "But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me." Luke pictures for us a Jesus who impressed men as
deity impresses them. For example, the effect of miracles. These might conceivably have been displays of mighty power, but Luke does not leave us with this impression. When John the Baptist sent messengers to Jesus with a question about His mission, the miracles cited as evidence that He is the One long awaited, the Messiah. Fear came on men who saw the miracles as they realised that God had visited His people. From a somewhat different point of view, we see the same thing in the effect on Peter of the miraculous draught of fishes. He and his companions, professional fisherman though they were, had been able to catch nothing at the time that they recognized as the best for this work. Then at Jesus' instigation, they let down their nets at a time they
held not to be so advantageous, and they caught a vast
multitude of fish.
Peter recognized the hand of God.
Luke records Jesus as exercising the Divine prerogative of forgiving sins and the amazement of men when they heard Him doing this. *see Luke7:49* He tells us that the events of the ministry of Jesus are such that "many prophets and Kings" Had wanted to see them, but had not had the privileged position of the men of Jesus' day *Luke10:24* "for I tell you that many prophets and Kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it." The revolutionary thing in the practise of Jesus was His readiness to identify Himself with ordinary people. He did not take up a position anything like that of the general run of religious leaders. He did not blame or despise men failing to keep the traditions. He did not regard Himself as too Holy to come into
contact with them. He did not thank God that He was not like other men. Instead He sought them out. He talked with them, He dined with them, He made Himself one with them.


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