The Son of God

sonofgodA couple of months ago, the movie Son of God hit theaters. Soon afterward, a member of my church asked me what that meant. “I’ve always wondered, pastor,” she said, “what does it mean that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Good question. Jesus is God’s Son, but that doesn’t mean God the Father got married, his wife got pregnant and they had a son. Yes, Jesus was born here on earth to the Virgin Mary, but he has always existed. Just like God the Father, God the Son is eternal (John 1:1-14; Revelation 1:17). Jesus is God himself (Colossians 2:9). Our simple human minds cannot fully understand that. Our God is three separate persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and yet only one God.

When God reveals himself as a Father and Son, he is not referring to time, but to a relationship. God the Father loves his Son and is proud of him (Matthew 3:17). Jesus, his Son, loves his Father and obeyed him by coming to this world to be our Savior. By using the human terms “Father” and “Son,” God gives us a glimpse into the relationship between those two persons of the Trinity.

By calling himself “Father” and “Son,” God gives us a glimpse into his great love for us. The story is told of a pastor who one Sunday after church announced that a special guest wanted to say a few words to the congregation. Slowly an elderly man made his way to the front of the church.

“Many years ago,” the old man began, “I took my ten year old son and his friend out in my sailboat for a day on the water. A terrible storm came up and capsized the boat. I was able to grab on to the boat, but the boys were quickly pulled away by the current. I was able to reach a life preserver, but had only a split second to decide which boy to throw it to.”

The congregation held its collective breath as the old man paused to catch his. Finally, he lifted up his head and said, “I threw it to my son’s friend.”

He paused again. His voice trembled, “You see, I knew my son believed in Jesus. I knew where he would go if he died. I also knew my son’s friend didn’t go to church. I couldn’t take the chance. I threw him the life preserver.”

By that point, there wasn’t a dry eye in the church. The pastor slowly walked up behind the old man and put his arm him. He looked out at the congregation and said, “That’s a true story. I know, because I was the boy he saved.”

Could you do that? Would you do that? Sacrifice your own child to save someone else’s? As a parent I can’t imagine making that sacrifice.

That is the point of calling Jesus “the Son of God” – to help us understand the height, breadth and width of God’s love for us. God loved you so much he made that awesome and awful sacrifice.  The Father let his Son die to rescue you. There is no greater love.

“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” (John 3:16).

  15 comments for “The Son of God

  1. May 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Powerful! I loved reading every line of this post. Thank you for sending the link to me to read this, there were a lot of points you made I never thought of like that. Thank you again, it touched my heart, 🙂

    • schroera
      May 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you!

  2. May 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Gen 1:1-3 KJV
    1 In the beginning God created the Heauen, and the Earth.

    2 And the earth was without forme, and voyd, and darkenesse was vpon the face of the deepe: and the Spirit of God mooued vpon the face of the waters.

    3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    View original 1611 Bible scan for John chapter 1
    (this is a scan from the exact, authentic, original 1611 ‘HE’ King James Bible)

    1 In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2 The same was in the beginning with God.

    3 All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

    5 And the light shineth in darknesse, and the darknesse comprehended it not.

    John 1:1-5

    1 In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2 The same was in the beginning with God.

    3 All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

    5 And the light shineth in darknesse, and the darknesse comprehended it not.

    Genesis and John are such a poetic comparison of our Savior Jesus. Our heavenly Father made known His Son before the creation of the world. Every depiction of Jesus is embedded in God’s scriptures and a foreshadow of His Son in prophecy. It is mind blowing the creation of God’s Wondrous works and the beauty therein. His Word sings of His Glory and of the Magnificence of His Son, Jesus Christ! This is powerful story your shared and so to the point of God’s love for people he created and wanting us to be with Him forever. Only thru His Son can we have such a precious gift of salvation. Amen

  3. May 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    What a moving post, thanks for sharing this.

    • schroera
      May 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you.

  4. June 6, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Thank you for sending the link and for visiting my blog. My hope is that you will continue to send this link out to everyone. It has the potential to help many people. You have great insight. Good luck to you.

  5. June 6, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Excellent answer to a question not asked enough. And when it comes to what the “special guest” did, I can only pray I have the strength to do what needs to be done. But then again, He gives us grace when we need it.

    • schroera
      June 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments. I hope I never have to make a choice like that, but as you say, God gives us his grace when we need it.

  6. June 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I loved this story. What an incredible testimony and glimpse into this super natural love that the Father has for us. Very powerful.

    • schroera
      June 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks!

  7. June 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Nice post! Blessings (smile)

  8. June 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Amazing story, wow. I really loved how you emphasized that time (aka “age”) is not the factor here but instead, the unique relationship, the bond of love between parent and child. And I totally get the heartbreaking decision. I pray for my grown children every day that they will come back home but ultimately, they are adults and must decide for themselves. But they do need the time. You bought that child the time he needed and God gave back tenfold.

    Thank you for alerting me to this wonderful post!

  9. July 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Great post. I love the relationship vs. time comparison. It brings a new meaning to “His love endures forever, never changes (relationship) no matter how long we endure suffering (time). I really enjoyed reading and look forward to following you.

    • schroera
      July 3, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you for your encouraging words.

  10. October 14, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Nice post…..May the Mighty God save us…..

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