The Son of God

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The Son of God

The Son of God

The Son of God died a cruel and painful death on the cross - Why was this?

God revealed or manifested Himself through angels who spoke for Him and revealed to us that He wants a family of believers who will be like Him (ie. will show in their life God’s character of goodness, truth, mercy and love) and through whom the world will ultimately be filled with His glory (God’ Character).  In this article we will explain how God has made that possible by causing His Son, the Lord Jesus, to be born to the virgin Mary, to live and die as he did that we all might have this GREAT HOPE of a better life to come.

Son of God?

In the promises made to Abraham concerning the land, it was dramatically shown to him that the seed through whom the promise would be fulfilled would be the Son of God.

Isaac was a child of promise. It is foolish for the Jew to scoff at the idea of God having a Son, when the Jewish race owes its existence to the operation of Divine power, apart from which there would have been no Isaac and no Jacob and thus no twelve tribes of Israel.

The dramatic parable was continued when Isaac was offered by Abraham at God’s command. His hand was stayed before Isaac was slain; and the Apostle Paul, writing to the Hebrews, says this:

"By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense" (Hebrews 11:17–19).

Christ was the Lamb of God's providingWhen Isaac asked Abraham where was the lamb for the sacrifice, he said:

“My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8).

When Jesus was announced to Israel, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Wanted: A King!

When Israel was established as a nation and asked for a king of their own, God further unfolded His purpose. In the covenant of the throne we find the words concerning the seed or offspring of David, who should sit upon David’s throne forever. God said of this coming King: “I will be his Father, and he shall be My son (2 Samuel 7:14). Under the guidance of the spirit of God, David says:

"The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.” The Lord shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of your enemies!" (Psalm 110:1,2).

These words indicate that this descendant of David should for a time be with the Father in heaven, thence to return to earth to rule in the midst of his enemies, and occupy his throne in Zion, where David’s throne was established in the past.

Divine Status

The language used by David is very significant − “The Lord said unto my lord.” Jesus quotes this in his argument with the Pharisees, when they had been tempting him.

"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is he?” They said to him, “The Son of David” (Matthew 22:41– 42).

They were looking for a merely natural son of David to be his successor as the Messiah of Israel; but Jesus said, “How then does David in the Spirit call him ‘Lord’? (Matthew 22:43).

Why does David call his descendant “my Lord”?  What gave him a higher status than David himself possessed?

That terminology was altogether contrary to usual Jewish practice, in which a father had superiority over the son.

Jesus used the passage in connection with the subject of the paternity of the Messiah. His opponents were put to silence; they had no answer.

Yet the answer is to be found in the fact that the one who reigns on David’s throne, who is David’s descendant, would also be the Son of God. Jesus claimed to be that Son and the Pharisees could not evade the force of the argument. But they were not prepared to acknowledge that the Messiah must be the Son of God, and thereby be led to acknowledge that Jesus was all he claimed to be.

God in a Son

Now let’s look at some passages concerning the manifestation of God in a Son, where we find a similar usage of language to that concerning angels, a subject we reviewed in an earlier article. Following up the particular promise connected with David, we read this in Isaiah:

"There shall come a Rod from the stem of Jesse...""There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord" (Isaiah 11:1,2).

We can quite understand that this has reference to a descendant of Jesse, David’s father and that he would be possessed by the Spirit of God. The prophecy goes on to say:

"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek him, and his resting place shall be glorious" (Isaiah 11:9–10).

The One who is described in the first verse as a Rod, is now described as the Root of Jesse.

How can one be at the same time the branch and the root; the offspring of Jesse and also the source of Jesse?

Jesus applies this same language to himself in the Apocalypse when he says:

"I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star" (Revelation 22:16).

Jesus is a descendant of David; but he is also the Son of God and because of this relationship to God he is the manifestation of the Source of all power, features which belong to God are attributed to him.

A Herald

Isaiah explains that the Coming of the Messiah would be heralded by someone who announced his appearance:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 40:3–5).

It was the custom in Eastern lands, before any monarch travelled along a road, for couriers to go in advance calling upon all to make due preparation in the clearing up of the roads.

When John the Baptist received messengers from the authorities who asked him who he was and what was his status, he referred to these very words in Isaiah’s prophecy saying:

"I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,” ’ as the prophet Isaiah said" (John 1:23).

Preparing the Way

John the Baptist was the courier who went in front announcing the coming of the Lord our God. How are we to understand language like this? Does it mean that the great Uncreate was about to appear in the midst of Israel?

Not at all.

But there was going to be a manifestation of God in the midst of Israel such as had never been before.

Because Jesus has, by inheritance, “obtained a more excellent name than the angels” (Hebrews 1:4), we should not be sur prised if, after the style of description used in connection with angels, he is called “God”, hence:

“Make straight in the desert a highway for our God,” for it was the way of the Lord.”

Jesus, who was thus announced by John, is to return to be Israel’s Messiah and they will be called upon to “behold your God” (Isaiah 40:9).

The cities of Judah shall have a ruler who will be a manifestation of God, for:

"Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him" (Isaiah 40:10).

When Jesus returns in the power of God, which has been given to him, he will rule for God, will reward his followers, and will undertake the great work of transforming the world to make it a paradise once again.

By John Carter