A reflection by Deacon Maso, Buggs, Jr., a disciple of Mount Olive Baptist Church
Have you ever watched a football, basketball or even a baseball game and observed the fans who were in the stands holding up signs? Sometimes the signs are there cheering for a certain player or to encourage the home team to continue to play hard. Sometime ago, there was a guy in the stands who would always hold a sign up in the Endzone or in the bleacher seats that read: “John 3:16” in real big letters? Have you ever wondered what that sign meant?
Jesus, the Son of God
John 3:16 is a scripture in the Bible about God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The quote from the Bible reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God’s one and only Son is named Jesus. We usually think about Jesus’ life, beginning when He was born to his earthly parents, Mary and Jospeh in a stable in a manger in Bethlehem. We all heard of the Chistmas story about the birth of Jesus Christ and how He was born of the virgin Mary, well that was the start of His earthly ministry, but it was not the start of Jesus Christ. In the Bible, according to John 1:1-3, we find that Jesus is God and that He was with God, His Father, even before the beginning of time.
This is clearly one of the hardest biblical concepts forward to understand; when Jesus walked this earth, He looked just like one of us. For the Bible says that Jesus came to us in the form of man (Philippians 2). Yet, many who saw Jesus during the period that He walked on earth must have wondered, “But, how can He be God?”
A Sinless Life
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life while ministering here on earth. No one but God could do that. When Jesus prayed, He would sometimes call Him Father, “Abba” meaning ‘Father.’ No one but God’s only Son would call His Father by that name. When the people heard Jesus preach and teach in the Jewish synagogue, the worshippers knew that there was something different about Jesus. In fact, the Bible says that the worshippers were amazed when Jesus taught them, because He did so as one who has authority, and not as one of the scribes. In other words, Jesus could read and interpret the Hebrew Scriptures with boldness, clarity and with power because He is God’s Son.
In John 3:17-18, the Bible says that God, the Father, did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through His death upon a cross. For whoever does not believe in Him is already condemned,; but the one who believes in Him has everlasting life. Do you believe in Jesus as the Son of God? I cannot speak for you, but as for me, I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God! Amen.
– Maso Buggs, Jr.