THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 23:44-49
“Surely this was a righteous man.” (Luke 23:47)
Were you surprised when you read these words, “a righteous man”?
I’ve always thought that this soldier said “the Son of God!”
In fact, this is what Matthew and Mark record (Matthew 27:54, Mark 15:39).
This is not a typo; in fact these words mean the same thing.
In historical theology, ‘Son of God’ was seen to mean that Jesus was divine.
But this was not the Jewish way of thinking; a ‘son of God’ was a righteous man.
Adam is described as ‘the son of God’ (Luke 3:38), and he was not divine.
God created us as His children, sons and daughters “like Him” in character.
Our sin turned us against God, and we became children of the Deciever (John 8:44).
I’m not saying that Jesus is not divine; He is the Word of God made flesh.
It is as the logos that Jesus is divine; ‘Son of God’ means righteous.
Thankfully Jesus was a righteous man, for this is how He beat Satan.
It is because a Son of God is on the throne that the kingdom is restored.
It is because He is Son of God that we may be called children of God!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I am not righteous. But You are, and in You I am welcomed as a son of God. By grace I reign with You, and God’s Spirit lives in me! I am a child of God!