The Bible says that Jesus is the Son of God. Stop and think about what an amazing claim that is. A flesh and blood man who walks the earth claiming to be the son of the creator of the universe! And this wasn’t some mysterious man who appeared out of nowhere or a character from mythology that no one had ever actually seen. This was Jesus of Nazareth, the carpenter’s son who many had watched grow up in their own town. When Jesus claimed to be God’s son, He got people’s attention.
Today people dismiss Jesus’ claim. They say it’s no big deal, after all aren’t we all the children of God? The answer to that is: no, we are not. The Bible says that Jesus is God’s only begotten son. This means that Jesus is the only person in the history of the world to be born directly into God’s family. We cannot be born into God’s family because of our sin nature. We are sinners separated from God from the moment we are born. Jesus was born through the conception of the Holy Spirit, without sin and in full fellowship with the Father.
The question is: how do we become part of God’s family? The answer: we are adopted! “But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the law, so that He might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the spirit of His Son into hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ Therefore, you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, than an heir through God” (Galatians 4:4-7). When we put our faith in Jesus Christ we are adopted into God’s family and we become the children of God and fellow heirs of the eternal glory awaiting Jesus. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
Amanda and I have adopted two children and we are looking forward to bringing home our third child. When I think about how we are going to bring back this child from a different culture on the other side of the world and make her a part of our family, I can’t help but think about how God has done the same thing with us. Even though we were far off and separated from God, He knew us and loved us. Just as we eagerly waited for the day when we could finally hold Ethan and Sophie in our arms, and as we eagerly wait for Quinn, I know that in a far more profound way God was waiting for the day when, through my faith in Jesus, He would hold me in His arms and call me His son.
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX