Son of God and Son of Man
The Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin woman, a virgin named Mary, impossible, yet possible because God, not a man, was his Father.
As the Son of God, Jesus showed man what God was like. His character was like God’s; he had the same love, compassion, mercy, grace, truth and forgiveness as God. As Jesus himself said: “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” (John 14:7). Jesus showed us what God is like and what God expects us to be like. God’s purpose is to fill the earth with men and women that have these characteristics, who show in their own lives the characteristics of God that Jesus showed in his life.
As the Son of Mary, Jesus inherited all the weaknesses man is subject to, yet as the Son of God he learned and was obedient to God’s ways better than any man (Philippians 2; Hebrews 2:14). Prophesying about Jesus, Isaiah wrote: “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.” (11:2,3) All mankind sins and comes short of the glory of God, but Jesus Christ never committed any sin.
As sinful as we are, there is no way we can earn eternal life, It was only through God giving his Son as the means of redemption from our sins through his crucifixion that we can receive God’s gift.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
God said of Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” He was beloved because he was obedient in all aspects of his life, from birth to baptism to ministry to death. Then, because of this complete obedience, God “raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
This is what the gospel is all about. It’s the “glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God has fulfilled the same unto us their children” (Acts 13:32,33). It provides us a hope that if we live a life of obedience we too have the opportunity to be among those who will be raised from the dead, given eternal life and be among the men and women who fill the earth with God’s character perfectly, becoming sons and daughters of God.