"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Strong and Mighty God, The Eternal Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace upon the throne of David there will be no end; and upon His kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on, even forever. The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts will accomplish this." (Is9:6-7)
Notice the 'round' picture is a coin from Nimrod's time, and then the picture I took of a cross on the front of the building at a SBC, in my neighborhood, just two blocks from where I live. The cross has nothing "holy" to do with it as far as Jesus is concerned, except that it 'might' have been the shape of the tool by which the Romans crucified Him. Although there are also some suggestions that vertical 'stakes' were used.
What authority does Mary have? One day somebody from the crowd yelled out, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which You sucked!" You know: Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. (Lk11:27) How did Jesus reply to that? Oh, quite right you are, and thank you for giving due reverence to My (blessed) mother. ?? "But He said, No; rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it." (vs28) What happened when Mary tried to 'boss' Jesus around? "They have no wine....Woman, of what concern is that to Me and you?" (Jn2:3-4) "Woman" ... not "mother dearest"
Jesus is -NOT- part of the "madonna and child". Jesus, also, is -NOT- what "christmas" is about. Jesus is -NOT- the "reason for the season"! To use the term "christmas" is a most heinous form of blaspheme. Anybody who might usurp that position as the "child", and have the little wafers broken and consumed in transubstantiation, if he legitimately fills that position, is the ANTI-CHRIST! It goes back to Nimrod at Babel. That's what the 'mass' is about. It is idolatry. It is "doctrines of demons". (1Ti4:1)
Who is Jesus?
When Jesus was born as the "Son of David", Joseph not being His father, He had only one half the normal human chromosomes. When God appeared to Abraham as one of the "three men" (Ge18:2); God also told Moses that He would send His "angel" to lead Israel through the wilderness (Ex23:23); and He confirms the matter in Re22:16 that Jesus and His "angel" are related; What did Jesus look like? What did His "angel" look like? Since they were the same person, if there was a photo of Jesus, did He look the same as the one who visited with Abraham? When Abraham and Moses spoke "with God" it says it was "God". Jesus was God. "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (Jn14:9)
It brings us back to the "soul and spirit and joints and marrow" (Heb4:12) What is the 'division' of these things? We don't typically say, "Oh, there goes John's body." or..."I was talking to Susan's spirit today". We just say, "John" and/or "Susan". And such a designation usually includes the WHOLE PERSON...body, soul, spirit.
Thus, to be totally honest, I don't fully understand God...broken up into three "persons". The only thing I can be sure of is that: We don't presently fully know Him. But there is coming a time when, we ourselves are 'changed' (1Co15:51-52) and then we will come to "see Him as He is" and will be "like Him". (1Jn3:2) And this will happen at the Rapture and Resurrection, when "He is revealed".
This is partly why they crucified Him: they didn't know Him. They thought He was just a scrappy "little Jew" who was going against the 'flow'. They didn't fully know that He was very "God" Himself. (1Co2:8) Jesus was the "Boss" and "Creator" of all things. "in Him all things consist" (Col1:17) He "upholds all things by the word of His power" (Heb1:3) Without Jesus the universe would cease to exist. And the Father gave "all authority" into His hands. (Mt28:18)
Thus, Jesus could legitimately say, "I say unto you". You have heard that it was said...but I say unto you. (book of Matthew) Paul might say something like "I say this by permission" (1Co7:6) But Jesus was His own 'permission'. He could make pronouncements about food, the clean/unclean, and thus "purify all foods" (Mk7:19) When Peter has the vision of the animals in the sheet and the "voice" says "Arise Peter, kill and eat", and Peter objects because it was not kosher, Jesus replies, "What God has cleansed do not consider unclean" (Ac10:13-15) Jesus does not say, "Let me check here, a minute, with the "Boss". Jesus -had- the authority.
Where did He get that authority?
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death unto life. Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has also given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man." (Jn5:24-27)
"For as in Adam everyone dies, even so in Christ everyone shall be made alive." (1Co15:22)
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider clinging, to be equal with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found comprised as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Php2:5-11)
And His position before the Father on behalf of those He died on the cross to redeem, when He was raised "above every name", He was raised to the "right hand of God, (and) also makes intercession for us" (Rom8:34)
And so when all His duties have been fulfilled.... And...