“And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”
God the Son
Who do you say Jesus is? This is a very important question in God’s Adoption Process. Many people say Jesus lived and He is an actual historic figure. You may hear people say that He was a ‘good man’, ‘a prophet’ or a ‘good teacher’ who brought a good message. But, the number one thing most people will deny is that He is God. More specifically, He is the second person of our Trinitarian God who is referred to as God the Son or the Son of God.
The term “Son” is loaded with meaning and has become so common in our language that we really do not give much thought as to what it actually means. The term ‘Son’ often denotes something that can be recognized by others, for example: it can be used to describe a person who was born into a family. An example would be, “Manny is from the Clayton family.” You may also hear someone say, Manny is truly a son of his father,” as Manny shares a lot of the same common traits as his dad. It can be a term to describe the nature of a person. For example, “Jack is a son of nature.” Jack loves nature and his love for the outdoors comes forth through who he is. Son describes lineage as well. Jesus is described as the Son of David. David lived many generations before Jesus but Jesus was born from the line of David through Mary.
Applying the title Son of God to Jesus takes on a deeper meaning when we understand the term son. By referring to Jesus as the Son of God we are saying that God is His Father, we are saying that Jesus has the same attributes that God has and we are saying that Jesus acts just like His father. Being that the term “Son” denotes something that can be seen visibly by others, who in the Bible said Jesus was God the Son?
Jesus said He was God the Son. Luke 22:70 says, “And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.”
The apostles said He was God the Son. Mark 1:1 says, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
A Roman soldier said He was God the Son. Mark 15:39 says, “When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
The Holy Spirit says He is God the Son. Luke 1:35 says, “The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”
Satan and the demons say He is God the Son. Matthew 4:3 says, “And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Mark 3:11 says, “Whenever the unclean spirits saw Him, they would fall down before Him and shout, “You are the Son of God!”
God the Father says He is God the Son. Matthew 3:17 says, “Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
The apostle Paul knew who Jesus was. Colossians 1:15-17 says, “15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. In God’s economy Jesus isn’t just a person born into a family who shares the same nature as some of His relatives. He is Immanuel! He is God with us. He is God!
Who do you say Jesus is? That question is the most important question you can ask yourself and others as it is a matter of life and death. Let’s worship Him for who He is, God! May your hearts be encouraged as you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ!