(CNSNews.com) - Speaking to a group of Christian clergy at the Easter Prayer Breakfast he hosted at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama referred to Jesus Christ as “a son of God.”
“It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace,” Obama said of Easter, which is this Sunday. “And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured--not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.”
The Christian faith teaches that Jesus is the only Son of God. John 3:16-18: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
This was the third annual Easter Prayer Breakfast that Obama has hosted at the the White House. It was attended by Christian clergy from across the country.
The president got an “amen” from the crowd when he quoted John 16:33.
“Jesus told us as much in the book of John, when He said, ‘In this world you will have trouble,’” said Obama.
“ I heard an amen. Let me repeat. ‘In this world, you will have trouble,’” said Obama.
“Amen!” said someone in the crowd.
“‘But take heart!’” said Obama continuing to quote the Gospel. “‘I have overcome the world.’”