United States Conference of Secular institutes


St. Francis de Sales

Mark 3:7-12

They called Jesus, Son of God. In the ancient world the term, Son of God was not an uncommon title. The term son describes someone who is very near and close to God. Why did Jesus command them to be silent about this title? He did so because the popular idea of Messiah was very different from who Jesus was. Jesus saw in Messiahship a way of service and of love. They thought of the Messiah as a conquering hero who would defeat the Romans. Jesus needed to educate the people. If his true identity had been known prematurely, it would have only caused useless war and bloodshed. How do we see Jesus?