There are a variety of words and expressions used to describe Jesus, but the one chosen by the angel who appeared to Mary before His birth was “the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Up until His birth, John identified Him as the “Word” (logos), John 1:1). He adds: ”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (v.14).
Following His birth, He was to be known as “the Son of God.” As such, He possessed both a divine and physical nature. It is essential to remember that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit. (Read Luke 1:35). This certified His divinity. At the same time, Mary carried Him in her womb until time for his physical birth, declaring His humanity.
The point at which Jesus began His public ministry He referred to Himself as “Son of man” more often than He did “Son of God.” That would seem to emphasize His humanity. Wile He possessed every human nature, He also demonstrated divine characteristics beyond human explanation. His teaching, His miracles, even to the extent of raising the dead fall into a category outside of human comprehension.
As Son of God, Jesus Christ declared His mission to be one of “seeking and saving lost humanity” (see Luke 19:10). Interestingly enough, He used the expression “Son of man” in this context. In John’s gospel, He states that He came down from heaven to do His Father’s will, (John 6:38). This ultimately would take Him to the cross where He would sacrifice Himself and lay down His life to atone for the sins of humanity (Read Mark 15:22; 16:1-16).
It is sometimes stated that “God died on that cross to take away our sins.” Not so! The Son of God, Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Savior was nailed to that cross and breathed His last to deliver us from sin. Thanks to our heavenly Father, the grave could not hold Him. God, who is eternal and cannot die resurrected Him on the third day. (Read Luke 24:6,7).