Jesus the Son of God – Vicar’s weekly thought

Jesus the Son of God

The first Christians were quite clear, Jesus was the Son of God. Mark’s Gospel chapter 1 verse 1 ‘This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.’ Gosh, what does that mean? How can anyone say that? Is that not sheer arrogance leading to whatever kind of madness? We’re more comfortable with Jesus’s more common phrase for himself, the Son of Man (of which we spoke last week), which identifies him closely with us. But at Christmas do we not marvel at both? – God coming and touching earth in Jesus, but also born as a baby? (I love the line in the OPJS Nativity production, using the image of a jigsaw to tell the story of Jesus’ birth, asking if the pieces have a ‘Tender Heavenly Touch’).

So what does it mean? Can we believe it? The writer to the Hebrews said, ‘now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son…….The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God’ [1]  As I said they were quite clear, they saw Jesus as God’s Son, and everything Jesus was and did expressed like a mirror what his Heavenly Father God was like. Especially the Father’s love, but also his power to forgive, to set free, to make us his own sons and daughters. Christians have disgraced themselves many times in history, but today we still believe and speak out this truth about Jesus and, as Jesus himself did, point others to His works. For those early Christians, the resurrection sealed it. And let me ask you anyway, whose sway, guidance, love and power, do you want to yield to?
[1] Hebrews 1.2-3