Monday, 20 August 2012
By Roderick Evans
Jesus came as a visible demonstration of God’s standard of service and worship. Christ did not come as Lord and Savior only. He came as the Son of God. This demonstrated that God expects to have a personal (familial) relationship with His people. The highest title upon Jesus Christ was that of ‘Son.’
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. (Luke 1:32)
Because the Christ came as a Son, this meant that God wanted His people to also understand Him in a truly, personal way. The foundation of their worship and approach to God was to be done through relationship. The basis of their experience of God would be based upon His personality.
Since Jesus came as a living example, His life before God as a Son sets the guidelines for man’s life before Him. As a Son, Jesus walked in obedience to the Father. Though He was Lord of all, He humbled Himself under God’s hand. He followed whatever He was instructed to do.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. (John 12:49)
This was to be the ultimate demonstration of how man is to approach God. As a Son, Jesus displayed how one can have a personal relationship with God and adhere to His righteous standards. This is how man’s relationship with God is perfected. Man’s righteous acts would be an outward manifestation of the inner transformation. As we follow Christ’s example, we show ourselves to be children of God indeed.
How does Jesus' example help you in your relationship with God? What does it mean to you that Jesus is God's son? What does it mean to you to be a child of God?