Sermon: The unique Son
“Wherefore, in all things it behooved him to be made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:17
The thoughts of most people concerning the blessed Savior are centered around all that he has done in the universe or the work of the cross in securing salvation for mankind. While these things are truly of our best efforts and should never be minimized in importance, there is a dimension in our mind that must draw our attention to his matchless person. This dimension must see the beauty he possesses without doing anything. It must see things like his humility, love, gentleness and patience.
One version of the scriptures quotes John 3:16 saying not that God gave his only begotten Son, but that he gave his “unique Son: One of whom there never was an equal and One of whom there shall never be an equal.” As we read the recorded Word of God, and within its eternal counsel, we can find the heart of Christ as it reveals something few people find: “the unique son.”
When he came into this world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body has thou prepared me…Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.” In the quietness of his determination, in a complete surrender, he informs the Father that his will can be completely shaped by the Father to accomplish a divine plan of making the reconciliation for the sins of the people. When facing the shameful death of the cross as the bearer of our sins he said “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done.” And again, at the end of his agony and enduring the cross he cried “Father into thy hands I commend my spirit” and then he gave up his spirit to return to the reassuring comforts of his Father in heaven.
He said he was “meek and lowly in heart” and that he would bear silently the jeers of the very people he had created. Our Bibles tell us “He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.” He gave his back to those who would smite him without a cause and his cheek to them that plucked off his beard. He did not hide his face from the shame and spitting. Being reviled, he reviled not again. When he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously.
He could look up into the Father’s face and say “I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work thou gavest me to do … those whom thou gavest me I have kept…I have declared unto them thy name and will declare it.” What faithfulness! What perfection of compatibility with his Father! The Father could say from heaven “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye him.” “This is my ‘unique Son’…in whom there is matchless worth!”
Dear reader, God the Father sent his unique Son to this world to die for you and He simply asks that you believe this record. The cross of Jesus looms before us as the place where he died to make reconciliation for our sins, but you must believe this and accept it as fact. If you have never done this, would you consider doing so today?