A Son

At Christmas each year, we remember the child that was born in Bethlehem; who came to earth to die for us. As we think of the joy of that season, it is also important that we remember that “A Son was Given. Of all the gifts and wonderful blessings that we could receive at Christmas, or any other time during our life, nothing can compare with this incredible gift that God has given to each one of us.

We should remember that God’s love for us was measured by the gift that He gave. There is nothing in the universe that God loves more than His Son. If He did not love us just as much, He would not have allowed Him to suffer and die for our sins. Whenever we need a reminder that God really does love us; all we must do is look back to the cross where Jesus died, and be reminded that God loved us so much He gave His only Son.

The Messiah will come to earth as the “Son” of God.

Isaiah 9:6c For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given…

New Testament Fulfillment:

Romans 1:3-4 …concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Luke 1:30-32 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.”

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds…

Hebrews 1:5-8 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”?

No Beginning, and No Ending

Before Jesus was born at Bethlehem, He existed as God—for eternity. John describes Jesus as the source of the universe and the agent of Creation.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

As God, and existing eternally, He does not require a first cause. Many confuse the reality of God with human existence, demanding “who made God?” Transcendent and before all other things, God does not require a beginning. Since all things come from Him and exist for Him, we should not think of God as requiring a cause. God is the ultimate reality, everything else comes from Him. Rather than seeking to understand how this is possible, we simply must accept that it is true.

Colossians 1:15-17 Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God, the most important and before all creation. For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and because of Him all things consist. (RCR)

In the Book of Hebrews, the Father describes Jesus the Son as a separate and distinct Being who is also God, and to whom all things owe their existence.

Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds…

Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”

The Old Testament describes at least seven prophecies which confirm that the Messiah will be The Son of God. None of these can be attributed to David, since David himself understood that the object of these prophecies was the Son of God and not himself. Jesus baffled the Pharisees when He asked them who David was speaking of, in Psalm 110:1, when He called his descendant Lord.

What David wrote:

Psalms 110:1 The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

Jesus asks, Who is he speaking of?

Matthew 22:41-46 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool’ ”? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Jesus is challenging the Pharisees who were the teachers of the law of God to define who the Messiah will be. They gave the correct and widely accepted answer among the majority of Jews: David’s Son. Scriptures such as Isaiah 11:1, which refers to the Messiah as a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and Jeremiah 23:5 I will raise to David a Branch of Righteousness, were their basis for understanding that the Messiah would be a descendant, or son of David.

Jesus upset the traditions of the elders of Israel by asking this question, regarding the Messiah: “If He is David’s son, then why does David also refer to Him as “my Lord’?”

Jesus informs the leaders of Israel that when David wrote this Psalm, he was under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Being directed by the Spirit, David called this future descendant, his Lord. Jesus defines the words of David as a confirmation that He is, in fact, The Messiah.

There are many who say that this Psalm was not written by David at all; and therefore, this definition that the descendant of David would be The Son of God is not valid. Jesus terminated this objection by His confirmation that David is the author, and he believed the Messiah would also be the Son of God.

How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord?’

The world has received a Savior who is also the Creator of all things; The Son, who has suffered and died for the sins of the world. Although we have received a Savior, it was God who was giving us His Son. Jesus existed with the Father and The Holy Spirit, in uninterrupted fellowship—long before the earth, the heavens, or any man had been created. We should never forget:

“Unto us a child has been born …to us “a Son was given.”

It cost the Father His only Son to make our salvation possible.