“I am the Son of God”
Of all the claims Christ made, of all the titles he assumed; of all the descriptions he gave of himself, none is more important or significant than the fact that he claimed to be the son of God (John 10:36).
If Jesus is not whom he claimed to be, then Christianity is a myth, we are all deceived, and our faith is empty. If Jesus is not whom he claimed to be, then he was an imposter, a fake, a liar. Also, our hope is in vain.
But if Christ is really whom he claimed to be, then our greatest hopes and aspirations can be realized, life has meaning and purpose and salvation is placed within the reach of every person.
Jesus was indeed the one and only son of the Living God. From the angelic announcement to Joseph of Christ’s conception, to Mary’s announcement by the angel, they were told that Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us, the son of God.
In several difference instances, Jesus is declared to be the son of God. From his baptism to his interview with Nicodemus, from the casting out of demons to his walking on the water, from instance to instance and in story after story, the same reality clearly emerges. Jesus was more than another man. He was the son of God. He was more than human; he was divine.
Peter confessed: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus said upon the rock of Peter’s confession, He would build a church so strong, that even the gates of hell would not prevail against it.
Nothing is more critical or central to our faith than who Jesus is. Yet on the Cross, we see the greatest extent and extreme to which Jesus would go to save a fallen and sinful humanity. There he suffered, bled and died for your sins, my sins and the sins of every human being on planet earth.
At the moment Jesus died, the sun was darkened; the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; there was a great earthquake, rocks split, and graves were opened and some of the dead were raised to life and went back into the city. This was more than another crucifixion. This was Jesus, the son of God, dying for the sin problem of humanity.
We hear the centurion in charge of his execution saying: “Surely this man was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54).
Three days later, as the Son of God, he was raised to life again by the power of the Father, declaring him to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords forevermore.
God loved us so much that he sent his only son into this world to live, die and rise again for us.
Now, you and I can become children of God through faith in Christ’s finished work. We can become his sons and daughters.
(John 1:12) Not only a son, but an heir of God, and a joint heir with Christ (Galatians 4:7).
As Christ was God incarnate, so he wants to continue to be incarnate in each of us, as we bear his resemblance and are made anew in his likeness as his children.
Jesus was the son of God. You and I can join the family, too. Turn to him and trust him as your personal Savior and Lord today.
Rev. Wayne Rutherford LifePointe Church of the