Philippians 2:9-11: “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The Son of God is an intimate part of the divine Trinity. More than a theological concept, the Trinity represents what family stands for – in its purest form. There is no fonder family relationship than the mutual devotion of the Heavenly Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. As Son of God, Jesus is not born to the Heavenly Father in the sense that we understand human birth. Jesus was never created; neither were the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity has been around forever and is the source of all life.

Looking at the Son of God in this context, we can appreciate how He approaches people. Human beings are God’s wayward creation. Between the first day of our emergence as a species and now, mankind has lost its way. When Jesus became a human being He had but one thing on His mind: to bring us back to the Trinity family circle. In His view we belong to His incredible family, the family of God. Very characteristically of Him, Jesus said to His disciples before His departure to heaven (John 20:17):

“Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Nothing could say it more precisely than this: “my Father and your Father, my God and your God” – in other words: Christ wants to adopt us.

Jesus sticks closer to us than any close relative would, while at the same time He happens to be the Lord of the universe. It seems that we have a tendency to get thrown off by His divinity. In our complicated relationship history with God, all too often comes the point when Jesus loses His humanity in our hearts and minds. All we focus on is His Lordship. Jesus on the other hand could not emphasize enough that He is not lording over us in the sense of a regular worldly ruler. In fact, wherever He went He kept referring to Himself as the Son of Man, something He mentioned with pride. It almost feels like Jesus wants to shout it from the roof tops:

“I am One of you. I am your Son. My mother Mary gave birth to Me in Bethlehem of Judea, in the nation of Israel. Joseph and Mary can testify to that.”

Proud to be the Son of a human, Jesus gives all human beings dignity. And by taking on flesh and blood He irrevocably invited us back to His family, the Trinity, the source of all life, the First Family from which everything originates – and for that Jesus is forever exalted; and one day in the hopefully not so distant future every knee will bow while every tongue will confess that Christ is Lord.

Understanding the truth is like the break of dawn with the Sun rising in our hearts. Nothing could make God happier than our return to Him. He loves us more than words can say.