How important that is
That is ABSOLUTELY VITALl that Jesus reveals himself fully to be THE ANOINTED ONE
NOT JUST ANOTHER ONE of the anointed ones,
But THE Anointed One
Today we’re talking about Jesus being THE ONLY SON OF GOD
As was kind of obvious from yesterday and the day before
To talk about the name of Jesus, we just had maybe six paragraphs
And yesterday to talk about Jesus as the Christ we had about six paragraphs, give or take
Today there is again only about five paragraphs
So we’re not plumbing the depths of the reality of the name of Jesus, or the title Christ, or even the title today THE ONLY SON OF GOD
Jesus has his root in Hebrew, which means GOD SAVES
Christ, root in Hebrew, Mashiach, Messiah, which is ANOINTED
Or Christos in Greek, The Anointed One
So there’s rooting in that
So in a similar way, the title, the term “Son of God” is a term that’s used in the Old Testament
It’s given to the ANGELS
It’s given the THE CHOSEN PEOPLE
It’s given to the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
It’s given to their KINGS
So many of them are called son of God
It’s ONLY in Jesus, WHEN he fulfills the life, death and Resurrection
THE PASCHAL MYSTERY
That the title, that term, reaches is FULFILLMENT
At one point we’re going to hear about this today
Peter recognizes the UNIQUE character
The TRANSCENDENT character, in fact
Paragraph 443 says, “Peter could recognize the transcendent character of the Messiah’s divine sonship because Jesus had clearly allowed it to be so understood.”
That was in Matthew Ch 16
Remember when we talked about this yesterday, in Paragraph 440
That Jesus accepted Peter’s profession of faith in Matthew 16, when he asked the question, “Who do you say that I am?”
And Simon responded, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
So both of these titles
The Christ, Messiah
And the Son of the Living God, the ONLY Son of God
Those two titles Jesus accepts from Peter because he affirms something unique
He says “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father has revealed this to you.”
Which tells us something
One of the things it tells US is Jesus as CHRIST or Jesus as SON OF GOD is UNIQUE
This is not just like the OTHER anointed ones
This is not just like the OTHER WAYS in which that term “son of God” has been used in the past
It’s a COMPLETELY UNIQUE THING
The term Christ, the Anointed One, reaches its FULFILLMENT when Jesus is lifted up on the cross
The title Only Son of God only reaches its fulfillment in Jesus at his RESURRECTION
Paragraph 445 says, “After his Resurrection, Jesus’ divine Sonship becomes manifest in the power of his glorified humanity.”
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!
THIS MAKES SENSE!!
When we talked about the name of Jesus, it’s rooting in Hebrew is GOD SAVES
Then when we have the name Christ, rooted in Hebrew is Anointed One
Now, today, the Son of God, again, rooted in Jewish life and rooted in Jewish Scripture
But every one of those words
SON OF GOD
Every one of them are reaching their FULFILLMENT in Jesus
It’s remarkable to recognize they all have a background
THEY ALL HAVE THEIR FULFILLMENT IN JESUS!!
THAT IS FASCINATING!!
As we begin this day today, let’s turn to our Father and pray!!
Alright, only five short paragraphs today on Jesus as THE ONLY SON OF GOD
Paragraph 441 says, “In the Old Testament, ‘son of God’ is a title given to the angels, the Chosen People, the children of Israel, and their kings. It signifies an adoptive sonship that establishes a relationship of particular intimacy between God and his creature. When the promised Messiah-King is called ‘son of God,’ it does not necessarily imply that he was more than human…”
We ultimately realize that that is what it indicates LATER ON
That’s why Paragraph 441 (Fr. Mike says 442 but he clearly means 441, I’m sure 😉) says there are people who call Jesus the Son of God
They might have meant no more than it signifies a special closeness, special relationship between God and this particular individual
Paragraph 442 says, “Such is not the case for Simon Peter when he confesses Jesus as ‘the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ for Jesus responds solemnly: ‘Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.’ Similarly Paul will write, regarding his conversion on the road to Damascus, ‘When he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles…”
When he PROCLAIMED Jesus Christ in Acts Ch 9, Saint Paul would also say, in the synagogues, he proclaimed Jesus, saying, “He is the Son of God.”
After the Resurrection, Son of God didn’t just indicate the closeness with God, closeness with the Father.
But it REVEALED Jesus Christ as the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD
This is a UNIQUE term now when it’s applied to Jesus in his DIVINE SONSHIP
WHICH IS JUST REMARKABLE!!
Paragraph 443 says, “He distinguished his sonship from that of his disciples by never saying ‘our Father,’ except to command them: ‘You, then, pray like this: ‘Our Father,’ and he emphasized this distinction, saying ‘my Father and your Father.’”
Have you ever noticed that?
When Jesus is praying to the Father, he never says “our Father”
He would say “My Father”
Jesus tells his disciples, “When YOU pray, say “Our Father.”
Because he has a particular relationship with the Father
THE ONLY ETERNAL, DIVINE, BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD!!
WHICH IS REALLY REMARKABLE!!
There’s also a couple of times when the Father himself claims Jesus as the Son of God
Paragraph 444 says, “The Gospels report that at two solemn moments, the Baptism and the Transfiguration of Christ, the voice of the Father designates Jesus his ‘beloved Son.’”
And this is really remarkable because it indicates that this title, Son of God,has TRANSFORMED, has CHANGED
It has its ROOT in the Old Testament, indicating this particular closeness
But it reaches its FULFILLMENT in Jesus, where the Father says, ”This is my beloved son.”
And then even the centurion, after Jesus dies on the cross says “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”
Paragraph 444 continues, “Only in the Paschal mystery can the believer give the title “Son of God” it’s full meaning.”
It had a PARTIAL MEANING in the Old Testament
It had HINTS of this fuller meaning throughout the course of Jesus’ life,
Only in the Paschal Mystery, which is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, can the believer give the title “Son of God” its FULL MEANING
Paragraph 445 says, “After his Resurrection, Jesus’ divine sonship becomes manifest in the power of his glorified humanity.”
Now there has been a TRANSFORMATION
Jesus is FULLY HUMAN
It is also revealed that he is FULLY DIVINE
We talked about this in the first chapter about God the Father
Here is God who is a TRINITY OF PERSONS
NOT MIXED TOGETHER!!
SEPARATE AND DISTINCT FROM EACH OTHER
ALWAYS UNITED IN THEIR DIVINITY
UNITED IN THEIR BEING
So here is another piece of this revelation of God as Trinity IN JESUS’ DIVINE SONSHIP
WHICH IS REMARKABLE!!
In John Ch 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…and the word became flesh and dwelt among us…”
John 1:14, “And we beheld his glory, glory as of the only son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
And this is our DESTINY
This is what the apostles have been able to bear witness to
The glory of the ONLY son of God, the ONLY Son of the Father, full of grace and truth
And this is the one in whom we place our faith and the one to whom we point
The one to whom we direct all of our love, all of our lives, is the only Son from the Father
Tomorrow we’re going to talk about the title, LORD
So here we have these four titles
One is the name of Jesus
The next is that term Christ
Today, the Only Son of God
And tomorrow, we’ll talk about what is it to begin to even understand what is it to say that Jesus is the Lord
But today, we get to…
That Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God
It had its HINTS in the Old Testament
It had even MORE REVELATION in the life of Jesus
And it reaches its FULL UNDERSTANDING and FULL REVELATION in his life, then his Death and his Resurrection and Ascension to the right hand of the Father
It is REMARKABLE that we get to declare that
Jesus Christ IS the Only Son of God
Let’s pray for that because we all want deeper understandings
Pray for each other that we continue to plumb the depths of these mysteries
That we continue to rise to this challenge of being able to profess, not just with our lips, but with our lives,
That Jesus is the Son of God
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!