READ: John 5:19-30
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;” (Hebrews 5:8)
On two different occasions, the heavenly Father called Jesus Christ a beloved son; at the beginning of His ministry , (the baptism) and at the end of the ministry (the transfiguration). Jesus Christ was called the beloved son before He preached a single message or healed one sick person.
A beloved son is someone who submits to authority. Jesus was called a beloved son at the very beginning of His ministry when He accepted the humble conditions of His call. A beloved son is a humble son. Jesus was a beloved son because He bowed down before John the Baptist even though He was the Son of God. A beloved son is someone who is obedient to all instructions. A beloved son will obey an instruction whether it makes sense or not. A beloved son will obey an instruction whether it is easy or difficult. Jesus Christ was not just obedient to nice and easy instructions. He was obedient at every level. Beloved sons are obedient at all the different levels of obedience.
Indeed, there are different levels of obedience but a beloved son will distinguish himself at every level. Each level of obedience leads to a different kind of blessing. Jesus Christ obeyed His father in coming to this earth to live amongst men and showing us God’s love. Jesus Christ did the ultimate and obeyed His father even unto the death on the cross. Most Christians would struggle with instructions that would lead to their certain death. But not Jesus Christ! He was the quintessential “beloved son”.
Start your day with a blessing!
By Dag Heward-Mills