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Why Jesus had to be the Son of God, from heaven

Remember when Jesus was baptized, and John the Baptist said that Jesus was so righteous that John was "unworthy to loose his sandal"? John was teaching us that Jesus was the only man in history capable of providing redemption to the human race.

In Jewish law, a man who died was allowed to have his wife and property redeemed by his brother or nearest kinsman. In this way, his name would not perish, and his property would descend to his children. The story of Ruth and Boaz illustrates this law in action. The law stated that if a near kinsman was able and willing to assume the responsibility, he would unloose the sandle of the near kinsman.

John, by saying he was unable to loosen Jesus' sandle, was telling us that if for some reason Jesus failed to redeem the race of his kinsman Adam, John was unable to step in and do that work. Even though John was a cousin with royal blood himself, he could not fulfill Jesus' role because he came from Adam. Jesus, who was the son of God, WAS able to redeem Adam and therefore the race which died in him. But he was the only one who could.

The prophet David tells us this in so many words when he says, "none can by any means redeem his brother, or give to God a ransom for him."

And in the book of Job, the prophet Elihu, states, "[God] speaks with [man] by Messenger who can interpret: One, Chief 'mong thousands, who can reveal to man HIS righteousness. Then HE doth show him grace Divine, and saith: "Deliver him from going down to death; A Ransom I have found -- Redemption's price." (Job 33:23-24 Bullinger translation)

And so the reasons why Jesus had to be the Son are, in a nutshell:

1. The redeemer had to be a man who did not get his life from Adam.

2. The redeemer had to be a man who could stand the incredible tests of obedience that this great role required. Adam lacked the knowledge he would have needed to withstand temptation. The Son of God, who had spent who knows how much time in ages past with the heavenly Father, (Proverbs 8:22-31) had the knowledge of God he needed. Isaiah summarizes this: "By his knowledge shall my righeous Servant justify many -- for he shall bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:11)

3. The redeemer had to be the only-begotten Son because it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell. (Colossians 1:19) The first-begotten, the only-begotten Son of God, was the heir of all things, and was the Father's choice to be the Savior of the world from the beginning of time. (Hebrews 1:2, Philippians 2:5-11, Revelation 13:8; 1 John 1:1, John 1:1)

So Jesus was not just a great teacher. He was not a liar or a lunatic; he was the Lord from Heaven, and we worship and adore Him as the source of all life and salvation. "To us there is one God, the Father, out from whom are all things... And one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things." 1 Corinthians 6:8.

The Lord Jesus will reign until he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

That's why it is so important that Jesus was indeed the offspring of God, born of a woman who had been "overshadowed" by the Spirit of Almighty God.