CHRIS MCCANN·SUNDAY, SUNDAY’S OPEN Q & A July 19, 2020 ·READING TIME: 1 MINUTE
Question submitted as a comment on a teaching that Christ as the “Son” did not know the judgment of God:
“Chris, wouldn't you know it, I am a still confused about Mark 13 where 'knoweth' can be translated as experienced. Mark 13: 32 'But of that day and that hour knoweth (experienced) no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father'. My question is since Christ is the first begotten from the dead, since before the foundation of the world, would He have experience Judgment Day.”
Yes, He would have experienced God's wrath and judgment. But remember Christ BECAME the Son of God via the resurrection of the dead at the foundation of the world.
Romans 1:3-4 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God ...by the resurrection from the dead:
It was through death that Jesus became God's First born Son--first born from the dead.
This is more than likely why God is emphasizing the name "Son" in Mark 13. Christ did not know death or the judgment of God as the "Son" (one that had already died and risen as the firstborn). He knew it or experienced it before He was the Son.
To say this another way, Christ knew death and God's judgment while bearing and paying for the sins of His elect people. But when He went to the cross in 33 AD He was bearing no sin nor was He paying for anyone's sin. It was all a demonstration of what had happened at the world's foundation. This type of death (in demonstration) was new to Him. And being new it was unknown. He had never experienced dying in order to demonstrate a great truth before. Therefore God tells us in Mark 13 that not even the Son knew (experienced) the judgment of God.