How do we know that Jesus is the Son of God?
A little anecdote …
Back twenty years ago, there was a movie called Kindergarten Cop, where Arnold Schwarzenegger plays an undercover cop posing as a kindergarten-school teacher in order to get close to the son of a man he is looking for. In the midst of the class, while poking around to identify which of the boys in the class it could be, Arnold gets so frustrated with the little ones, that he has to come up with some games to keep the kids from driving him crazy.
So, the game he comes up with to keep the kids occupied and find the identity of the boy he’s looking for is a little interrogation. He asks each of the kids to answer one famous question:
“Who is your Daddy and what does he do?”
This is the way he is going to identify the son.
Maybe you already know, but the name Jesus means God saves. So, how do we know Jesus is the Son of God?
When the Lord is on the Cross, He is undergoing an interrogation. The priests and scribes and all the local people, the ones who basically put Him there, had Him on trial. This was it. Finally, in front of everyone, they were going to find out who this man was.
And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. (Mk 15:39-44)
What are they doing? They are looking to see if He will save Himself. They are asking, “Who is your daddy and what does he do?”
And what is the Lord doing? Well, He doesn’t try to get out of the situation. He embraces it to the end: He calls out to His Father in His suffering, He asks His Father to forgive His enemies, He entrusts His mother and His beloved disciple to each other. He gives forgiveness to His enemies, His friends to each other, and His spirit He hands over to His Father.
He is still giving Himself away.
He is proclaiming, “God saves.”
“And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify thy name.” (Jn 12:27-28)
If you are being crucified, if you are suffering, and there’s the temptation to get out of it, to come off the cross, to free yourself from your circumstances, if you think you need to change jobs or careers, or leave the marriage, or find another faith community, remember who your Daddy is and what it is that He does. Continue giving. Give forgiveness to enemies, love your friends, and give your spirit over to your heavenly Father. Remember that you are His child.
Give yourself away.
Proclaim that God saves.