This is My beloved Son

(5th in a series of a presentation on The Apostles Creed)

We addressed that Jesus was most assuredly a man living around the time, which we identify as circa 30 A.D. We only had to look at what the historians of the time had to say about Him, to show His existence. Now we look at the phrase, His only Son. We cannot look to a map or a book and expect to see solutions to this enigma. Well, we can, but it must be done through the eyes of faith.

In three of the Gospels, on the occasion of the baptism of Jesus by John, the authors write of a voice from the Heavens, heard to say, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” -1. The Spirit of God, in the form of a dove, is described as hovering over Jesus. (All the Fathers of the Church cite these verses for a proof of the Trinity: the testimony of the Father speaking, of the Son receiving the testimony, of the Holy Spirit descending in the shape of a dove.-2) What is going on here? If Jesus is the Son of God, why is here? For what purpose must He walk on earth as both man and God? “You see that Christ in one person has two natures, one by which he always was, the other by which he began to be, and always knew everything in his eternal essence but temporally experienced many things in his temporal essence.-3”

Here at the Jordan River, with the baptism by John, Jesus starts His public life. With the words of God raining down from the sky, Jesus’ divinity is revealed to the world. With our faith, as we read the scriptures, we see Jesus heal the lepers, help men reclaim the use of their legs, walk on water, show His dominion over the elements, raise people back to life. All the while He preaches love of God and love of neighbor, a unique message for that time as well as now. He informs His followers that He must suffer and die for the sins of mankind. Without this redemptive sacrifice mankind would be alienated from God, for all eternity, because of their original separation. But He allows the very people, who He has come to save, to torture, revile, shame and crucify Him. He hangs on the cross and with pain shooting through every nerve ending in this human body, He prays to His Father to forgive them. Three days after His death, He, Himself, rises from the dead, proving His divinity, His Sonship.

Through our faith, a precious gift that we must nurture and protect, we see the Divinity of the man Jesus. We realize that His message is for every one of us, for all-time. It is a way of living, of loving, of forgiving. Our lives take on a whole different dimension when we see the reality of Jesus and its implications on us. As both God and man, His sacrifice for us, His love for us, and His words of guidance for us are limitless in scope and have infinite worth. Everything He said and did was for us. With this realization, we cannot do anything but fall on our knees, bow our heads, and declare Him our Lord and our God.  goto next segment>>

-1 (Matt. 3 17, Mark 1 11, Luke 3 22)
-2 (Pastorini in Matt. iii. 17)
-3 (The Steps of HumilityTrans. by G. B. Burch, Loeb Classical Library)