Fortunate Son.

December 22, 2007 at 11:47 am 2 comments

Fountain Hills, Arizona

This morning we have thunder, lightning and rain in the Valley of the Sun.  But as I write this the sun is beginning to shine and I suspect soon we will be enjoying sunshine again.  We are blessed.

The advent season is all about the birth of a son.  Of course this son is no ordinary male baby and the Father of this Son goes to great lengths to make sure we all understand who this Son really is. 

Remember what the angel said to Mary:  “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:30-33).

The Scriptures repeatedly refer to this Baby as a Son but use various descriptors to define not only His character but His destiny. 

For example, this Baby is the Son of… Abraham, David, God, the Most High, Mary, Joseph, the righteous ones, through Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, He is the Son of the Priestly leaders, the Son of an exiled generation, among others.  All of these names are historical figures, promises and experiences that flow from the Father into Mary and Joseph and into the nation Israel and finally into all who believe that “God loved the world so much He sent His One and Only Son…”  Here in this Advent word-Son, is the embodiment and fulfillment of everything the Father has promised to His “every tribe, every nation,” Family.

At Traci and Brandon’s house there is a new son whose name is taken from the OT figure-Job (Traci has a new post on her blog with some new pics of the boys. Find them here)  Eyob is not a natural son as their other two sons, Sloan and Sean are, instead Eyob Mark is a supernatural son.  He is a son in a similar way that Jesus is a son of his earthly father, Joseph.  Eyob and Jesus are both adopted sons, adopted through different, but supernatural means. 

Joseph went on to have other sons in the natural way and I would be certain that he loved them all.  But this son Yeshua, this adopted son is the “lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” and in doing so invites us to become His brothers and “co-heirs” of His birthright.  We too are sons (and daughters) of the Most High.

Eyob is no “ordinary” son (there really are no “ordinary” sons) and Yeshua-Jesus is no ordinary son but they are both sons, sons of a loving Father and sons with privilege and honor.  The difference?  The angel told Joseph “She will give birth to a son and you will give him the name Yeshua (YHWH saves) because He will save His people from their sins.”

But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.  God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children (sons).  Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child (son).  And since you are His child (son), everything He has belongs to you.  (Galatians 4:4,7)

John Fogerty wrote a song, popular in the late ’60’s, with these lyrics: It ain’t me, it ain’t me. I ain’t no fortunate son. (full lyrics here

Because of the Son whose birthday we celebrate in 5 days–I am a fortunate son.

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Entry filed under: Adoption, Advent, Authority, Belief, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Jesus, Miracles, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kaylee  |  December 22, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    I like the new layout, but I miss seeing the back of your head. Brendan came up one day while I was reading and said, “hey, is that Greg?” I couldn’t believe he could recognize you from that picture!
    I also can’t believe you had thunder, lightening and rain! We didn’t! Just wind. That’s the strangest thing about the weather here compared to the Northwest. It just doesn’t blanket the entire western half of the state. In Phoenix, if you’re in a storm just drive 10 miles in any direction and chances are you won’t be in the storm anymore!
    Merry Christmas. Hugs, and love to the whole family!

  • 2. Mike S  |  December 21, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    I am always amazed as you expound your knowledge of the scripture in a way that most of the time I can understand and appreciate. These first two advent posts are very clear. Our son and daughter would be like EYOB, adopted and supernatural. It gives adifferent picture of our kids to think of them as supernatural.

    I also like your new ‘layout’.

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