The Identity Of The Messiah

Candid Apologetics

Scripture: Psalm 2:7
The Old Testament is full of prophecies concerning a coming Redeemer. This Redeemer must have certain qualities. He must come from a particular lineage, at a particular time, in a particular place, and in a particular way. According to a prophecy found in Psalms, chapter 2, He must also be the Son of God.

Many of the Psalms, found in both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, were written by David. Psalm 2 is one such Psalm. Although he was a king, David sometimes stepped into a prophetic role. This was one such time. Psalm 2 was recognized as Messianic early on. Let’s take a look at the prophecy.

When David wrote Psalm 2, he stepped into a prophetic role. He told about the promised Redeemer. David wrote: “I will declare the decree: He said to Me, ”You are My Son; today I have become Your Father.”

Psalm 2:7 HCSB
This prophecy states that the promised Redeemer would be God’s Son. In this post, I will give five evidences that Jesus of Nazareth was God’s Son, thus fulfilling this prophecy. First, I will examine the claims of Jesus. Second, I will examine the actions of His disciples. Third, I will examine the actions of modern Christians. Fourth, I will examine aspects of the life of Jesus. Finally, I will examine the resurrection. To keep the critic happy, I will only take information about Jesus from Luke’s Gospel and from outside sources, since Luke has been established as one of the most accurate historians to ever live. (This is not to say that the other Gospels are inaccurate. They are inspired, just as Luke’s Gospel is. However, no other Gospel has been put under as much scrutiny as Luke’s, and Luke has come out with an excellent score each time. This is the reason I am using his Gospel.)

Jesus made several unique claims. Jesus claimed to be God’s Son, sent to earth to redeem mankind from sin (see Luke 9:20-22, 11:30, and 22:70-71). Other religious leaders have made various claims, but no other leader of any major world religion or faith has claimed to be the Son of God. The nature of this claim makes it unique. C.S. Lewis, an Oxford scholar and author, offers some insight into this claim. In his book, Mere Christianity, Lewis states:

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 40-41)

In what is perhaps the most famous quote from any of his works, Lewis has pointed out our only three logical options. As many have summarized his point: Jesus of Nazareth was either Lord, a liar, or a lunatic. Let’s examine each of these…

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