We come to the fourth Gospel, whose very goal is to present Jesus as the Son of God. John himself writes in John 20:31 of how he wrote what he wrote so that those who believe may also know that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. The most familiar Bible verse - John 3:16 - includes this title by virtue of the phrase "the only-begotten Son of God". In the above illustration of the rose, I think of John's words in John 1:14, wherein we read of the Son of God (The Word) being made flesh. As the eternal Son came to be Jesus of Nazareth, He lived among men as a man to be seen by men who knew he was so much more than just a man.
John's Gospel can be divided into two halves - what scholars call "the Book of Signs" (John 1-11) and "the Book of Glory" (John 12-21). The "signs" or miracles Jesus did pointed to His identification as the Eternal Son in human flesh. The glory would entail His true Deity ever increasingly seen and demonstrated through His true and undiminished humanity.
In one episode, Martha confesses to Jesus in John 11:25-27 "Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” Notice how the use of this name performs the same dual role we witnessed already - namely indicating the Divine, heavenly, eternal essence and origin of the Son and at the same time His earthly mission as the Incarnate Son who would provide redemption. As William Lane Craig notes in his book "Reasonable Faith", page 313 - "(W)e may conclude that Jesus thought of himself as God's Son in an absolute and unique sense and as having been invested with the exclusive authority to reveal His Father to men."
Today's post aimed to explore a little bit as to what John's Gospel had to say about Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He is the Rose of Sharon whose title "Son of God", like the three other Gospels revealed, points to His:
1. Heavenly Majesty
2. Earthly Ministry
3. Your need and my need to experience His life in our own