The Beloved Son

Christians worship Jesus – we all know that. But why? Who is this person about whom so many songs have been sung, books written, and sermons preached? First and foremost, He is the beloved Son of God the Father. The Father loves the Son for who He is – “the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” (Hebrews 1:3). He loves the Son for what He will do: Empty Himself of divine glory in heaven; take the form of a slave, come in the likeness of men, humble Himself, “becoming obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-9). The Father’s love for His son is eternal, for it had no beginning, and everlasting, for it will know no end. He loves the Son with deep delight, constant contemplation, and profound pondering of His character and commitment to save a lost world. The Father’s love for His Son flows from His heart, fills His mind, and drives His actions. As God seeks His own glory – for He is worthy of all honor - so He will see to it that every knee should bow, and “every tongue confess, that Jesus is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11). The Father longs for communion with His Son; they are always together in the most intimate relationship conceivable. Even on earth as a man, the Son was “in the bosom of the Father “ (John 1:18). With the Son He communicates all His thoughts; to Him He shows all His actions; with Him He shares all His eternal glory. To this unique Son, the Father bestows His kingdom. Jesus is “the heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2). And of this Son, He says, “Let all the angels … worship Him” (Hebrews 1:6). O come, let us adore Him!