By: Dev Menon
Surprisingly Jesus too is called out of the dark slaverly place Egypt:
Matthew 2:14-15 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
To truly identify with us, Jesus must also be called out, like we then are called out – His calling is by His Father…
He is called as a Son of God to learn from His Father, and for a long time in His young life – He learns the Word of God, and by the Spirit of God, begins to understand what His ministry is
When He begins His public ministry – He is affirmed and publicly confirmed to be the Son of God – defined as one loved by His Father
Matthew 3:16-17 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
So then, it is the same with us… when we hear the call of God, through Jesus, we understand we are sons of God.
The next step is not straight away to begin to serve publicly, but to spend time learning the Word of God – which is our very food, our new life and substance.
The greatest thing we learn is the true relational knowledge of God our Father, and what it means to be His children.
The Spirit of God comes upon us, like Christ, confirming we are His sons. His Spirit affirms us in His love:
Romans 8:15-17 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Through our new identity, we begin to realise who we really are – and who we are meant to be, as well as the nuances of what we are meant to do in our public life on earth – to witness to our Father
So begins the ‘life of suffering’ as sons of God – heading towards the cross…