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The Gospel Greats Weekly Newsletter
Published August 30, 2016
 

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Paul's Epistle
"Son of God, Son of Man"

I'm fascinated by Biblical theology. I really am. But, to be sure, sometimes it gets a bit....esoteric. And I think sometimes — perhaps usually — we tend to over-complicate it.

Case in point: I've often thought about how, in the Bible, the term "Son of God" is used to describe Christ. But Christ chose to refer to Himself by a similar, but different term — the "Son of Man." Why the difference?

Theologians have come up with a lot of different reasons for that. But, to me, the simplest reason is this — that it's merely a matter of perspective. How so?

Well, when we as humans think of Jesus, what's the most amazing aspect of Who and what He is? The most mind-boggling thing we can say about Christ is that He is the Son of God.  Son of God!  He came to earth in human form, sent by His Father, "not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him should be saved" (John 3:17).

We marvel — and rightly so — at the fact that Jesus was the Son of God, God in the flesh. "And the Word [Christ] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).

The angel, to Mary, called Him the Son of God (Luke 1:35). The chief priests demanded to know if He was the Son of God (Matt. 26:63). The Apostles referred to Him often as the Son of God, as did Peter: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16). The demons in the demoniac recognized Him as Son of God (Matt. 8:29, Mark 3:11). The centurion at the Cross recognized Him: "Truly this Man was the Son of God!" (Mark 15:39). Even Satan, during His temptation of Christ, snidely referred to Him as the Son of God (Matt. 4:3, 6, Luke 4:3). But that's not a term Jesus commonly used for Himself, although He acknowledged it (Matt. 26:64, Luke 22:70).

Jesus — the Son of God — came and lived and walked among us! The more you think about it, the more boggled your mind will become. So, "Son of God" makes a lot of sense — from our perspective.

But what about Jesus' term for Himself — "Son of Man." Why did He insist on calling Himself that? In fact, He called Himself that, and is referred to in that way, more than a hundred times in the New Testament." Yes, He did say, "I and My Father are One" (John 10:30). But He didn't normally use the "Son of God" expression for Himself. Why?

Not to oversimplify things, but I believe it is merely a matter of perspective.

As humans, our perspective, with appropriate awe, is that Jesus was (is) the Son of God!  But the most amazing thing about the incarnation, from God's perspective, was surely that Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, God Himself in human form, came to earth to dwell among men — to "become flesh," as John wrote. This was unprecedented. This was unimaginable. This was something no one could have expected or predicted. Even the angels were befuddled (1 Peter 1:12). Just to think that God Himself — as Jesus, Creator of everything that is (see John 1:3) and the sustainer of all things (Colossians 1:17) — would be willing to take on flesh, would submit to extreme humiliation and torturous death on the Cross, all to redeem a sinful lost and dying world — a mess that rebellious man had brought upon himself through disobedience... Wow.

Jesus could only do all of that as the "Son of Man." From God's perspective, He could only do that by taking on human form. Because "without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin" (Hebrews 9:22). And only Christ as the perfect, sinless "Son of Man" would be able to make such a perfect sacrifice, once for all. As Christ said, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).

So, what does this fine point of theology mean to us — today?

I believe it's an interesting glimpse, an interesting insight into the unfathomable, unsearchable mind of God. He loved us so much that He would come as the "Son of Man" in order to save "whosoever will" from among all mankind, so that we could live with Him and fellowship with Him and enjoy His company forever and ever. And He knew all of this before He even created man. As John wrote, Christ was "the lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). It was always part of His redemptive plan for the mankind He had created.

What's more, for our daily lives, Jesus was providing us with a pointed reminder that as a man, He faced the same issues we face. He walked as we walk, talked as we talk, interacted with others around Him as we must do. What an assurance and comfort that is! He could only be tempted as a man. He has dealt personally with human weaknesses. "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

The Son of God was repeatedly reminding us that He was also the Son of Man. He understands your problems, first-hand. He's there for you. And, furthermore, He longs to enjoy your company throughout all eternity, as you enjoy His. To accomplish that, look what He suffered through as the Son of Man, even to an excruciating physical death on the Cross. That's how much He loves you.

- Paul

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Special Note about Call-Ins

We always appreciate those of you who participate in our occasional Listener Favorite Call-Ins, which give you the opportunity to introduce your current favorite songs on the air. We have those regular call-ins about three times each year on a Sunday afternoon. But now we've come up with an additional way to make it even more convenient. For those callers who pre-register (name and address) through our website, we will occasionally invite them — and only them — to call-in at special times, spanning an entire weekend, rather than just on a Sunday afternoon. These would be announced in advance via email only to registrants. These more-frequent additions to our regular Call-In schedule will help keep our song introductions fresh. You can find complete information about this here.

Thanks again for your participation. It's fun hearing from you.


Coming on the broadcast the weekend of September 3rd & 4th, 2016:

Featured Artists:   Our Featured Artists on this edition will be the husband-wife duo Aaron & Amanda Crabb, with songs from their brand new CD entitled "Restore." You'll find out why "restoration" is such a key part of their ministry, both through their music and at the thriving church they have founded near Nashville. Please listen for the interesting stories behind their songs and how their family is involved in what they do.

Artist Spotlight:   We'll have an Artist Spotlight visit with Eric & Laura Ollis, another husband-wife team with a ministry to families. Hear some songs from their latest CD. And learn about their very personal ministry to families that have special needs children, as they do. (You might remember Eric from his days as a pianist with the Dixie Melody Boys and then with the Whisnants before starting his own family ministry.)

Other Guests:   Taranda Greene (Cana's Voice); Richard Hyssong (Hyssongs); John Darin Rowsey (Guardians); Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs); more.

Headline Update:   A Southern Gospel group sings, unexpectedly, for two Presidents; more.

Who can YOU invite to listen this weekend?
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From the broadcast the weekend of August 27th & 28th, 2016:

We've been interviewing the Down East Boys for most of their three-decade history. And, although faces have changed, they're still focused on great songs that minister and are well-done. Songs you heard by them on this program's Featured Artist visits were good examples. There's nothing more fundamental than remembering that there's only "One Way, One Name, One Door," as their charting song by that title says. I liked "A Reason To Sing." I hope we hear more of that one. And I was struck, and you probably were too, by the big anthem they sang, "The Song Of The Redeemed." Wow. That says it all. The guys are Ricky Carden (lead), Daryl Paschal (baritone), Rick Walls (bass) and Steve Lixey (tenor). More info about this group is found on their website. Their email address is debqt@bellsouth.net.

The Down East Boys' CD featured on this program, "Ransomed," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, September 2, 2016, ask for the "Featured Artist Discount," and get 20 percent off this item. You can order easily from our webstore by using this link to go directly to this item. Note, too, that our "Featured Artist Discount" applies to any other currently in-stock recordings by this artist. While ordering online, when you get to the "Checkout" page, find the "Special Instructions" lines near the bottom, type in "Featured Artist Discount - 20 percent" to get the discount. Note that the discounted price will not be reflected online or in your first confirmation e-mail, but it will be applied here when the order is processed and before it is charged or shipped.

This program was our monthly official Singing News Top 20 Countdown edition, based on the radio airplay chart appearing in the September issue of Singing News magazine. The countdown is heard the final weekend of each month, based on the chart dated for the following month.

For the song list from this broadcast, click on the link below.
http://www.thegospelgreats.com/cue20160827.pdf   (PDF viewer required.)

Hear last weekend's Headline Update report about your favorite artists by clicking on this link: http://www.thegospelgreats.com/update.mp3
New items available this week from Springside.com:
  • Aaron & Amanda Crabb"Restore" (CD)
  • Gaither Vocal Band"Better Together" (CD)
  • Michael Combs "I Can Trust Him" (CD)
  • Saving Grace Vol. 2 (CD)*

Click here to view those Southern Gospel music items in this week's Springside Music Update newsletter — including 20 percent discounts on this week's new releases. Or get the Springside Music Update newsletter by email each Monday. Details can be found here. Or call 800 38 MUSIC during weekday office hours to ask about this week's specials or to order. Your purchases from Springside help support The Gospel Greats program.

*No discount on this item because of this item's already-low price.

Shelia Shares

Following is an encouraging devotional from Lorraine Ezell at www.mastersbusiness.org. If you wish to receive her daily email, please visit her website and sign up.
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"Simply Look At Jesus"
by Lorraine Ezell

"Looking unto Jesus..."  Hebrews 12:2a

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."

Some of you have been looking for an answer to a situation you are facing. The answer is found in the words of the chorus above. You are looking in the wrong place. You are looking to man to help solve the situation. You are looking to natural resources to bail you out. You are looking to others to meet the need. You are looking at the problem itself. You keep staring at the situation. You keep looking at the mountain, the storm, the fire and the devourer. You keep looking at the lack. You keep looking at the impossibility. You are looking everywhere, and to everyone, except the right place.

The chorus above carries a simple message — "Turn your eyes upon Jesus." Perhaps that is why we find it hard to do — it is too "simple." We always feel like we have to be doing something. We feel like we have to worry about it. We feel like we have to be struggling. We feel like we have to be in control. Is it easier to worry? Is it easier to fear? Is it easier to try to devise a plan of our own?

Look at Jesus. The more you do, the smaller the problem will seem. The more you do, you will soon discover that He is bigger than the problem. The more you look at Him, the less important everything else becomes.

Have a great day. The answer to your problem is simple. "Turn your eyes upon Jesus," and turn them off of the problem.
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On the Lighter Side

Second Opinion

A wife asks her husband, "Did you like supper?"  Trying to be polite, the husband says, "Yes."  "I was just wondering," she said, "because when I gave some to the cats they tried to bury it."

Quick Takes

George & The Dragon

An 18th-century vagabond in England, exhausted and famished, came to a roadside inn with a sign reading, "George and the Dragon." He knocked. The innkeeper's wife stuck her head out a window. "Could ye spare some victuals?" he asked. The woman glanced at his shabby, dirty clothes. "No!" she shouted. "Could I at least sleep in your stable?" "No!" she shouted again. The vagabond said, "Might I please..." "What now?" the woman screeched, not allowing him to finish. "D'ye suppose," he asked, "that I might have a word with George?"

Payback

All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom. The bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the minister smiled broadly. As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.


Are You Ready?
1 Thess. 5:2-10; Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:34,36
Free Gift
Pray for the President!
Until next Week...Keep Looking Up!



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