[This article first appeared in the December issue of the Gospel Advocate]
There are few things that are more desired in an office or in a home than windows. There is just something about natural light that brings life into a room. When Jesus came to this world He came as a window.
There is no doubt that He was and is the Son of God. This fact is proven by the prophecies He fulfilled from the Old Testament; it is substantiated by the signs and miracles that He performed; and it is validated by the very event in history that we cling to most—His resurrection. The centurion was correct when he proclaimed, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54 ESV).
As the Son of God, He served as a window into heaven to this lost world. Jesus once said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). He was a window into God’s world and brought light to this dark world. It is not enough to simply prove or acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, but it is because of this truth that our lives should be completely transformed. When we decide to follow Jesus we are given the ability to look into this window and partake of the blessings that shine from the Son of God.
Jesus is the Son of God, Therefore I Must Serve Him as Lord
Before we can think about the blessings that we receive through God’s Son, the commitment involved in following Jesus needs to be considered. Christianity has never involved a casual commitment. When Jesus was resurrected He was given all authority (Matthew 28:18). Therefore, in order to follow him we must honor him as Lord in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15).
This acknowledgement, which we articulate when we submit to His Lordship in baptism, demands we live by His authority in every aspect of our lives (Colossians 3:17). This includes how we talk, dress, spend our time, choose our career paths, treat others, and carry out our relationships—everything we do. Surrendering to the Son of God means that we will “renounce all” and follow Him down that narrow road—no matter where that leads us (Luke 14:33; 9:57; Matthew 7:13-14).
Jesus is the Son of God, Therefore I Can Have a Relationship with God
When one places Jesus as the Lord of their life (through total surrender, belief, trust, repentance, confession, and baptism) they receive the blessings of peace and fellowship with God. We are told by John that “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15). This is an unbelievable, inconceivable, and radical truth.
Before Christ we were separated from God by a deep valley that was constructed by our own sin. Jesus by dying on the cross and rising from the dead became the bridge for us to be able to cross over that valley of sin and have a relationship with God. In Romans 5:1 Paul reasoned, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” What a beautiful truth! Created beings who are imperfect, who sin, and who are constantly in a battle to get it right can be justified and have a relationship with the Creator!
Jesus is the Son of God, Therefore I Can Have Peace
As Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee a strong storm developed. The waters began to beat against the boat and it was filling with water. The disciples were fearful and began to look for Jesus. They found Him fast asleep. Then they immediately woke Him up and cried out, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Have you ever felt this way? Jesus then rebuked them for their unbelief and shouted out to the storm “Peace! Be Still!” Then those on the boat asked, “Who this is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41).
He is the Son of God. He has authority and power over all creation and can rule over any storm. He can calm the storms in our lives. We live in such an insecure, inconsistent, and chaotic world. Jesus can give us the peace for which we long. In Philippians 4:6-7 we are given a beautiful promise, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Jesus, the Son of God, possesses the power to give us the peace that surpasses all understanding if we will only put our trust in Him.
Jesus is the Son of God, Therefore I Can Have Life
One of the reasons Jesus came to this earth was to offer us a better way of living—the “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). Jesus came that we “may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). This feels so out of reach because our society trains us to live empty, vain, and unfulfilling lives. We were intended for more. We were created to live abundantly by finding satisfaction in the God who made us and to live for His glory (Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 107:9). We can only fulfill this purpose in our lives by following Jesus, the Son of God. 1 John 5:12 affirms this, saying, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
However, if we “have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:19). Through the Son of God we can live more full lives on earth, but we also have assurance and hope of eternal life. John gives us confidence when he wrote, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). When we believe in Jesus and live our life based on that faith, we partake of the greatest blessing of God’s love. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Jesus is the Son of God, Therefore I Can Be a Son of God
Perhaps the most mind-blowing concept of Christianity is that through Jesus we are not only saved from our sins, but we partake in His own inheritance. Through His sacrifice we are given the blessing of being a son of God, “for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith” (Galatians 3:26). Paul further developed this thought even more clearly when he wrote, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (Romans 8:16-17).
This does not make sense. It is not fair. We do not deserve it. Jesus, the Son of God, not only died for our sins, but He also died for our right to become sons of God with Him and share in His glory. The breathtaking song “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” expresses it just right, “Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer.” Truly God’s love for us is deep.
As sons of God we can fulfill God’s purpose for us in this life. See, we not only share in the inheritance of Jesus, but we also share in His purpose and mission. Just as He served on this earth as a window to the kingdom of God, we too become windows into God’s world. Paul gave insight to this idea when he said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
We should never live in a way that brings glory to ourselves. Our lives should point people to Jesus. Our lives as the sons of God serve as windows into heaven. “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). When people see the way we live it should inspire them to seek after God. Is this true of your life?
by Noah Icenhour