Focal Passage: Luke 1:26-35
My children are mine. I know they are because I have been there from the moment of conception until now. My name is on each birth certificate. At least two of them look like me, and at various points and in different ways, they all act like me. Bless their hearts!
Still, someone could ask, “How do you know? How do you know your wife was faithful? How do you know that one or more were not switched at birth?” Here, I trust the woman who pledged her love and devotion to me on our wedding day, and I trust a health care system that, for all its flaws, is, for the most part, reliable in this regard.
When it comes to Jesus’ identity as God, however, there is no question. First, a virgin birth is something only God could accomplish, especially when one considers that the virgin was a sinner. Second, the innumerable Old Testament promises, alluded to by Gabriel, and their fulfillment in Jesus surely point to His being the Son of God and God the Son. Finally, all of this is undergirded by the fact that God calls Him “my beloved Son.”
My children are mine because I have raised them as my own. In a more perfect and astounding way, we can trust that Jesus is God’s Son and thusly, God, because God claims Jesus as His Son in His Word. We can also trust the amazing signs He gave us along the way to attest to this claim. This means we can also trust the promises of Christ to return and visibly reign from the throne of David.
Jesus is God. He really is.