Dec 05 2013

Jesus is the Son of What Kind of God?

English: Icon of Jesus Christ

English: Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

We we Christians talk a lot about Jesus being the Son of God, but do we really think much about what kind of God would have Jesus as His Son?  People usually think of God in one of three ways.  (1) God as a separate judgmental being who will punish us if we don’t act right.  (2) God as a distant being who created the world and then left it to function without His intervention.  (3) God as an immediate and involved being who is intimately connected to His creation and is more concerned with expressing love than in doling out punishment.

Each view of God radically changes who His Son turns out to be.  If we think of God as separate, judgmental, and punishing, our view of Jesus is likely to be that he came to appease God and “pay for our sins.”  People with this view of God are likely to refer to God as “The man upstairs.”  If we think of God as a remote being who is not directly involved in His creation, then our view of Jesus is likely to be that he came from somewhere else, was on earth for a time, and then went back where he came from maybe to show up here again some day.  People with this view of God are likely to say “God doesn’t care about me.” or “God doesn’t care that bad things happen.”

If we think of God as a caring involved being more concerned with expressing love than doling out punishment, our view of Jesus is likely to be that he came to show us what the love of God looks like in a human being, he came to show us that God suffers along with us, and he came to draw us closer to being who we are designed to be.  People with this view of God are likely to say things like “Thank you God, for loving even a sinner like me.” or “How can I be more like Jesus?”

So, before we unthinkingly talk about Jesus as the Son of God, it is important to figure out who we think God is in the first place.  Who we think God is makes all the difference in who we think Jesus is.

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