Devotional: ‘A Child is Born, a Son is Given’


There are some who teach that Jesus is an exalted angel. Yet the Bible tells us that He is far above any angel ever created. Jesus is the Son of God.

Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Perhaps some of you know that scripture sometimes calls angels – ‘the sons of God.’ (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7) Many of you also know that Christians are often called the sons of God. (John 1:12,…etc) But although there may be many whom God may call His sons, (plural), there is only One whom He has said to be ‘the’ Son of God. (singular)

The prophets of old understood that the title ‘the Son of God’ was a term used to designate the one who would be the Messiah. (see Psalm 2:7, 12; 2 Sam 7:14) Consider also some of those in the New Testament who referred to Jesus as – ‘the Son of God.’

Satan – “If thou be the Son of God…” (Mt 4)

Demons – “They cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?” (Mt 8)

Simon Peter  – “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Mt 16)

Caiaphas, the high priest  – “I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.” (Mt 26)

The mockers at the foot of the cross – “If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Mt 27)

The Roman centurion – “Truly this was the Son of God.” (Mt 27)

While there may be many who are called the sons of God, there is only One who is the eternal Son of God. Jesus said: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16) The term ‘only begotten’ refers to one that is singular in its kind. Beth Moore entitled one of her studies –“Jesus, the One and Only.” Jesus is the one and only Son of God.

When did Christ become the Son of God? That is the big question that confuses many. Consider the words of Isaiah the prophet – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…” (Is 9:6) It is important to note that the word for ‘born’ and the word for ‘given’ are entirely different. The first refers to birth. A child was born at Bethlehem. The second refers to purpose. The Son of God was given to be the Savior of the world. (see Jn 3:16)

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