He is the Son of God!
Luke 3: 38 “the son of God”
So we finish today, this incredible Easter Sunday, having gone through the 77 names listed in Luke’s genealogy.
Adam, the son of God is actually referring to how Adam was made in the image of God.
Israel is called God’s Son in Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son”
And of course, we as peacemakers are called children of God in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
At the cross the centurion saw God in the horrific death of Jesus: Mark 15: 39 “And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
But throughout the New Testament Jesus is referred to as the Son of God in a way different to that of Adam, Israel and ourselves. These 2 verses help to show that when we see Jesus we are looking at God:
Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form”
1 John 5:20 “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”
It was the resurrection of Jesus that was the pivotal evidence that Jesus was the Son of God and God eternal.
T. Wright in his book ‘Who Was Jesus?’ notes, “There were many messianic movements in the first century. In every case, the would-be Messiah got crucified by Rome as Jesus did.” And this is what he writes: “In not one single case do we hear the slightest mention of the disappointed followers claiming their hero had been raised from the dead. They knew better.”
The resurrection was foundational to the Church and always has been.
But it was more than what the Jews believe in that at the very end of time there would be a resurrection. No, for the Church they believed because Jesus was raised it meant that resurrection was now and it was this which gave them hope as they faced constant persecution and death for their faith. They became fearless because death had now no hold over them. Where O death is your sting?!
1 Corinthians 15: 12-14
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.
It is the centre of what we believe.
It is the offence of the gospel.
It is why there is only one way to heaven through Jesus Christ.
It is why Jesus is more than a prophet.
It is why Jesus is the Son of God, God Himself.
It is why those who put their trust in Him will never die but be raised to new life.