I wonder if you’ve ever thought about how family traits and characteristics shape and make who you are. What traits from your family have been passed down to you? Maybe you’ve come from a long line of musicians, you might have your mother’s eyes or your father’s nose.
We all inherit and carry with us traits and characteristics that are unique to our family, to those whom we are sons and daughters of. This can identify us with our family and determine certain attributes that we possess.
“We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The name “Son of God” when referring to Jesus is more than just an identifying statement of who his father is. It tells us about what his being and nature is as well. His nature is that of His Fathers. What God is, so is his Son. Jesus carries with him the inherent nature of God. This is more than just a reference to a physical likeness or character likeness between Jesus and God, like a common interest or facial feature that has been passed down. Rather, it is a likeness in being.
God, who is the creator and sustainer of our world, who is full of glory, power and love, passes these same attributes onto his Son. The “Son of God” who comes to earth as a human still embodies the likeness of his father – he is full of the same glory, power and love as His Father.
As we approach Christmas, a holiday celebrating the coming of Jesus, the “Son of God”, what does this name of Jesus show us about Him? It shows us not just who He is from, but what He is. He is intrinsically like his father in his being. Do you believe and acknowledge that Jesus is of the same being as God? Like father like son, in glory, in power, in love? Is this the Jesus you are celebrating at Christmas time?