“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luk 1:26-35 (NIV)
SON OF GOD
The group of volunteers who had gathered to await instruction startled when a microphone screeched to life over the den of their pre-event chatter. They turned to discover a four-year-old had taken the stage to proclaim “Coconut!” Laughter still filled the air as I (the leader of said event) arrived seconds later to whisk him away. Yep, that one’s mine. And even though my adopted son looks nothing like me, onlookers recognized me as his mama right away as they saw me give him “the look.” Parents, you know the one.
Following directions in an unfamiliar place, I walked into the room assigned to female volunteers participating in a special bicentennial pageant. Before my eyes found the one face in the crowd I would recognize, someone greeted me with “Oh, you must be Bonnie’s daughter!” and before she was in my field of view, I heard her proudly announce “Yep, that one’s mine!”. Not that she could deny me, given I’m her Mini Me!
Sometimes we see family connections in the intimate knowledge two people share and the way they speak to one another. Sometimes it’s the family resemblance. And when the family connection is the primary thing we notice about a person, we tend to refer to them by that relationship – ‘oh, that’s Kande’s boy’ or ‘she’s a Koogle kid.’
In a simplified way, that is what is happening when Jesus is called the Son of God. The angel preparing Mary for her supernatural pregnancy told her “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35, NLT)
Jesus is not just a man. He is, like his Father God, holy and divine. To call him the Son of God is to recognize his supernatural nature and power. He is eternal, as he was with God in the beginning and remains to reign over all of God’s Kingdom in the end.
Jesus also enjoys a unique and intimate relationship to God. By looking to Jesus, God is revealed to us more fully (John 1:18, Matthew 11:27). He and His Father are one (John 10:20). It is from his position as the Son of God that he took on the mission of reconciliation of God’s people as the Christ, doing his Father’s will. He has many roles – savior, judge, ruler, redeemer – but is enabled to do all of them because of his unique position as Son of God.
Jesus is most often referenced as the Son of God when the supernatural is involved; by Demons, who recognize him immediately (Mark 1:24, 3:11 & 5:7), the Devil during his temptation in the dessert (Mark 4 & Luke 4), by his disciples upon witnessing miracles (Matthew 16:16), and the Roman soldier after the earthquake that accompanied his death on the cross (Matthew 27:54).
Most striking to me, though, is when God himself proudly says of Jesus “Yep, that one’s mine” (clearly my paraphrase), first at Jesus’ baptism (Mark 1:11) and then at the transfiguration (Mark 9:7). Both times, God is all about the joy Jesus brings, not so much about his role as Messiah. He is first a beloved son, who then has a mission. The mission is important – redeeming all of humanity and what not – but he is a child of God first and forever.
I pray you are able to fully rest in knowing your Father proudly says of you ”Yep, that one’s mine!”
Has our ministry for God, taken on a greater weight than our relationship with Him?
Are we so frazzled that others would have a hard time seeing the Family of God resemblance in us? Or do my words and actions reflect the peace, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, love and self-control benefiting a child of God?