Son of God?
In the NKJV, five times in the Old Testament we have the words “son of God” or “sons of God.” In the New Testament the words “Son of God” occur 50 times.
In the Old Testament we see that sometimes God refers to special people as His son. David and some of his sons are referred to as son of God. Israel is referred to as God’s son. “Out of Egypt have I called my son.” Spiritual beings are referred to as the sons of God in at least three places, once in Genesis, twice in Job.
Isaiah speaks of a son who is given to us who’s name shall be called mighty God, everlasting Father, prince of peace, so there are Old Testament antecedents that point to the coming of a unique One who bears the name, Son of God, but these are never as clear and specific as some of us would like. The divinity of Jesus is stated in the opening verse of Mark’s gospel. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. John’s gospel focuses on Jesus’ divinity more than Matthew, Mark or Luke, but they all bear witness to it clearly as well. It is this about Jesus, that He is divine, uniquely begotten as the Son of God, that causes the most reaction against Him and also causes the greatest loyalty to Him. It is this: Jesus Christ as the Son of God, that produces life changing, and soul saving faith, or resistance, opposition and rejection.
Son of God?
The gospel writers tell of Jesus’ birth to a virgin named Mary with very sparse detail. There is no medical or scientific evidence provided, no explanation given other than the few words the angel tells her that have been recorded for us by Matthew and Luke. Mark and John don’t even mention Jesus’ birth. We are left with vast unanswered questions that curious minds would love to ask, and left with a basic bare bones story that even Mary’s betrothed, Joseph, rejected until he was convinced by God through a dream. Some of us, like Thomas, who wouldn’t believe in the resurrection unless he could put his finger in the nail holes and his hand in Jesus’ side, are a people in need of substantive, satisfying evidences. Matthew helps us a bit with the star and wise men from the east following some kind of information that is lost to us. Luke gives us Simeon and Anna in the temple who are led by God’s Spirit to recognized who Jesus is, at least to some degree. But are these satisfying? God did not seem to worry about the need to prove or explain anything to our specifications.
While we may want to say, “Give us some proof!” God say’s “Behold! Here is My Son! Empowered with miracles, born of a virgin, fulfilling the Spirit’s mission, crucified for the sins of the world, buried and raised from the dead on the third day, ascended to heaven as Lord! What more evidence does it take!”
Do you know what the starting truth is? Proof does not make saving faith. Remember Israel at the foot of Mount Sinai? Those who had just seen the mighty miracles of God against Egypt’s idols and witnessed the parting of the Red Sea just weeks before and now have heard the very voice of God speaking His commandments… what did they do in less than forty days after Moses went up on the mountain to receive the commandments of God written on stone? Even after given all this proof, they turn in unbelief and turn away from the living Godand build a golden idol in the image of a calf.
Proof fails us. Faith gives us victory. God has supplied enough evidence. We must hear and believe it.
Son of God?
That’s not a mild claim. In fact, taken seriously, it is either of two things: it is true and deserves our full devotion, or, it is false and deserves the strongest rebuke and rejection we can give it. You are sitting in this room today having this service of worship in the name of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. I stand before you today as a preacher of the gospel message who’s central orbit is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Did you know that people are being killed today because they refuse to deny that Jesus is the Son of God?
I don’t know if it is possible for us to even begin to grasp the impact of those three words: Son of God. We’ve heard them, most of us have, all of our lives. We’ve been so accustomed to them that their audacity and enormity may have become dim or even invisible to us. Nothing blinds people from God like religion. It was the religious leaders who were the fiercest opponents of Jesus, and the slowest to come to faith. I.e. Saul of Tarsus. What held Saul back from faith in Jesus as the Son of God? It was his religious roots. He had a lot to loose. Jesus finally crashed through Saul’s defenses didn’t He? God had set Saul apart from birth and chosen Saul as His instrument to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. Why? God knew that Saul took Jesus’ claim to be Son of God seriously and he acted reasonably. Once Saul was convinced that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, Saul would give himself fully to spreading this gospel. Do you need evidence that Jesus is the Son of God? Just read what this man wrote about Jesus. Is that not evidence enough? God still uses Saul of Tarsus, who became the scripture writing apostle Paul, to convince people that Jesus is the Son of God. Why else did Saul do what he did?
Right after Saul’s encounter with Jesus look at what happened: Acts 9:20. Between Acts 9:1 and 9:20 something amazing happened to this man. What was it? I’ll tell you what it was Saul met Jesus Christ, the risen Son of God.
Son of God?
What happens to a person when they come to realize and accept in saving faith the truth of Jesus Christ as the Son of God? What takes place in their hearts, minds and lives? What impact does this have?
Listen to the words of 1 John
1 John 4:15
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1 John 5:5
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:10
He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
1 John 5:12
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:13
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
Son of God?
Yes. Jesus is the Son of God. This is true. It is this about Jesus that brings saving, victorious, eternal life giving, faith. To believe this, to truly let this message sink in and lead your life is what Christianity is all about. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I agree with Paul. This is my life, the rest is details. Galatians 2:20 I’ve been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ, lives in me; and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me.