In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus famously asks his disciples, "But who do you say I am?" (Matthew 16:15). This question is arguably one of the most critical questions in Christianity. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God, but what does that mean? We will explore the meaning of Jesus as the Son of God and what that means for us as Christians.
One of the ways Jesus is described as the Son of God is through his divine nature. In John 1:1-3, it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John is referring to Jesus here and saying that Jesus is God and has always existed. This means that Jesus is not just a regular human being, but instead, He is God in human form. This idea is often referred to as the "incarnation" of Christ.
Another way Jesus is described as the Son of God is through His role as Savior. In John 3:16, it says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This verse is saying that Jesus was sent to earth by God to save humanity from their sins. Because Jesus is the Son of God, he was able to take on the sins of the world and die on the cross so that we could be forgiven.
In addition to His divine nature and role as Savior, Jesus is also described as the Son of God because of His obedience to God. In John 5:19, Jesus says, "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing because whatever the Father does, the Son also does." This verse says that Jesus is completely obedient to God and does everything God wants him to do. Because of this obedience, Jesus accomplished God's plan for Salvation.
Finally, Jesus is described as the Son of God because of his relationship with God. In John 14:9, Jesus says, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father." This verse is saying that Jesus and God are one and the same. Because of this relationship, Jesus revealed God's character to us and showed us what God is like.
So, who do you say Jesus is? As we have explored, Jesus is the Son of God in many different ways. He is God in human form, our Savior, obedient to God, and in a close relationship with God. As Christians, believing in Jesus as the Son of God is essential to our Faith. Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins and reveal God's character. When we profess our Faith in Jesus as the Son of God, we make a statement about who we believe Jesus to be and what He means to us. May we all strive to grow in our understanding of and relationship with Jesus, the Son of God.