“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, Good will toward men.” (Luke 2:11–14, KJV)
The good will of God, demonstrated in sending one third of the trinity to earth in Human Form.
While the Pharisees deny it, it is obvious that there was an element of the Saducees who believed that the Messiah would be the son of God. THe very question Caiaphas asks in the trial of Jesus Christ shows it: “Are you Moshiakh, B’na El Echechai?” Are you the Christ, the son of God?
(Yes, I really just wrote in Aramaic. Don’t be impressed, I was researching something in the Talmud the other day, so all the Aramaic is fresh in my head)
Jesus Christ looks at Caiaphas and answers…
“You have said it.”
That’s about as cultural as we really read into the Bible. THat was 1st Century Israel’s way of saying, “you’re correct.”
A group of shepherds in the field with their flocks are told of the birth of the Messiah.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Beth-lehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” (Luke 2:15, KJV)
They did not say, “Let us see whether these things be so.” They heard, and they believed.
The Magoi come to worship the new born Messiah, and give him gifts. And… worship him.
“Now when Jesus was born in Beth-lehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1–2, KJV)
Worship. One does not worship a king.
The Jewish element in Persia had made this known among the Zoroastrians, of whom the Magoi belonged. They were acquainted with the Jewish belief in a Messiah. And their worship of him shows they knew He is God.
“Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Beth-lehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.” (Matthew 2:7–8, KJV)
Herod’s own words (one of the Hasmoneans who had endured forced conversion to Judaism) showed he too was aware that the Messiah was possibly God. Clearly, Herod had no intention of worshiping him – his intent was to kill him.
Modern Judaism, descended from Phariseeism, may deny that Judaism may have originally regarded the Messiah as God incarnate. But the New Testament is older than the Talmud, and only presents the Pharisees’ side of the story. The Saducee side is not given, and it looks like from the evidence that most people in Israel did expect Messiah to be God.
Sorry to ruin the song El Shaddai for everyone, but it;s looking to not be accurate. No surprises there.
Jesus is God. And the whole reason He came to earth was to die for you.