Matthew 1:21 states “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins”. This Scripture is indeed fulfiling Isaiah’s prophecy: “For unto us a child is born, to us, a son is given…” Over two thousand years ago, a child appeared on the scene of history through the womb of Mary. He was no ordinary child. He was God coming to earth in human form. He was “the Son of God”

The Bible often uses the word “son” in the sense of possessing the nature of. Jesus is the “Son” of God in this sense – possessing the nature of God (Philippians 2:6). This nature of Christ must be seen in our daily living so that the world can identify us as followers of Christ. As stated in John 1:14, this constitutes the incarnation, “God (Word) becoming man (flesh)”; He would be very God and very man. The title “Son” therefore does not, in any way, suggest the Son is inferior to the Father (Colossians 1:15-17).

Again, “a son is given” also connotes the value of the gift God gave to humanity. In biblical and most cultures, it is a joy when a son is born. Thus, “son” implies that which is treasured. A child was not just born to us, but a treasured inheritance was given to us by God. What a gift! What does Christ mean to you? As children of God, let us treasure this gift of Christ in our lives and honour Him with our lives.