“The Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages of ages.” - True Christian Religion §791
Kempton New Church

Week 4
Day 6


Luke 22

The Son of Man before the chief priests and scribes

Luke 22

63 And the men who beset Jesus mocked Him, beating Him.
64 And covering Him up, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, Prophesy! Who is it who smote Thee?
65 And many other things, blaspheming, they said against Him.
66 And when day had come, the elders of the people and the chief priests and scribes gathered, and led Him up into their own council,
67 saying, If Thou art the Christ, tell us. And He said to them, If I tell you, you will not believe.
68 And if I also ask you, you will not answer Me, nor release Me.
69 From henceforth the Son of Man shall sit on the right hand of the power of God.
70 And they all declared, Art Thou then the Son of God? And He said to them, You say that I am.
71 And they said, What further testimony do we need? For we ourselves have heard from His mouth.

AE 684:8. ...When the Lord was in the world He was called “Christ,” “Messiah,” “Anointed,” and “King,” because in Him alone was the Divine good of Divine love, from which Divine truth proceeds, and this was represented by “anointing;” for the “oil” with which anointing was performed signified the Divine good of Divine love, and the king, who was anointed, represented Divine truth. This is why kings, when they had been anointed, represented the Lord, and were called “the anointed of Jehovah.” Yet it was the Lord alone in relation to His Divine Human who was “the Anointed of Jehovah,” since the Divine good of Divine love was in Him, and this was Jehovah and the Father, from whom the Lord had the being of life. For it is well known that He was conceived of Jehovah.

Thus it was from the Divine good of Divine love, which was in Him from conception, that the Lord in relation to His Human was Divine truth, so long as He was in the world. This shows that the Lord alone was “the Anointed of Jehovah” essentially, and that kings were called “the anointed of Jehovah” representatively. Thence now it is that the Lord in relation to His Divine Human was called “Messiah” and “Christ,” [which mean] “Anointed.”

AC 9807:6. ... “The Son of man” is the Divine truth that proceeds from the Lord. “Sitting at the right hand of power” denotes that He has omnipotence, for Divine good has omnipotence by means of Divine truth. Its being said that “from henceforth they shall see it” [Mat. 26:64] signifies that Divine truth was in its omnipotence after the Lord in the world had conquered the hells, and had reduced all things in it and in the heavens into order, and that in this way those could be saved who would receive Him in faith and love....

TCR 136:4. “To sit at the right hand” does not mean to sit at the right hand, but it means God’s omnipotence through the Human that He put on in the world. By means of this He is in last things as well as in first things. By means of this [Human] He entered and overthrew and subjugated the hells. By means of it He restored order in the heavens. And thus by means of this He redeemed both men and angels, and will continue to redeem [them] forever.

TCR 342:3. Everyone who wishes to be truly a Christian and to be saved by Christ, ought to believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God. He who does not believe this, but only that He is the Son of Mary, implants in his mind various ideas respecting Him that are injurious and destructive to that salvation.... Such [people] profane His church and temple, and make it a den of robbers. These are they who make the worship of Him like the worship of Mohammed, and do not distinguish between true Christianity, which is the worship of the Lord, and naturalism.

Questions and Comments
  1. It seems that among other evils, there was a mob mentality at work among the elders, chief priests and scribes. But not all of them agreed with what was being done. How can we flee from getting into a mob mentality ourselves?
  2. Why did the Lord say that He was the Son of Man and the Son of God, rather than say outright that He is God? (See AC 2921, TCR 81.)
  3. When we share truths with each other, or teach them to our children, how can we follow the Lord’s example in coming from love? What are some things we must not do?
  4. Why is believing that Jesus was merely the son of Mary like the worship of Mohammed and like naturalism or atheism?
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