Who is this son?
Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking , a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well-pleased: listen to him! Matthew 17-5
We have all been in a school auditorium, maybe for graduation, or been at a work conference and they introduced the guest speaker. Almost always an abbreviated resume is shared to establish why we should listen to the guest speaker. So imagine (there is no Netflix) sitting alongside the Jordan river, checking out this strange man named John, who is baptizing people as he encourages them to repent. It’s pretty exciting listening to John the Baptist, and seeing all these people following his guidance and coming into the Jordan to go under the water.
I’ve seen a few movies of Jesus as he starts his ministry. As Jesus comes down the hill, you already can’t help but to be drawn to this man. Something is just different, he just has this thing – a dignity, a quality, you just sense this person is special, a serious STRENGTH. Come on… we have all walked into a room, a bar, and you can instantly size up everyone, and then there is that guy you’re not going to mess with and want to know a little better.
Jesus comes to the edge of the river, and gets in-line like everyone else. Imagine standing in-line to be baptized by John, and this guy Jesus is in front of you? John himself pauses, seeing his cousin Jesus, and you can just see Jesus smiling and kind of encouraging John with head nods to keep going, and do nothing different with me, baptize me just like that last man you baptized.
But something is incredibly different as Jesus comes out of the water, God himself speaks and all can hear him say “this is my beloved son”. This is the son of God, this is God the son.
We have to do a little historical research here and realize that many men have had the title of “son of heaven”, “son of god”, or “son of the lord”. Emperors of China, Emperors of Japan, Roman Rulers, Greek mythology, even Jewish rulers have claimed these titles where a ruler has been viewed as God’s surrogate on earth.
Jesus is not a surrogate. Jesus is not a substitute. Jesus is not appointed to act for God while on earth. Jesus is God made manifested in human form (John 1:1, 14 and Luke 1:35). Jesus is part of the trinity, and is God the son.
As Kingdom Men we believe in the Trinity – where we see the unity of three beings in one Godhead – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus is identical in essence but distinct in person with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.. We know Jesus as God the son.
Question we must each address and we will be asked – who is this Son to you?