Son of God
Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus was the divine Son of God. God the Father recognised this. Acts 13:33 says: He has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my son; today I have begotten you.’
John 3:16 is one of the most well-known Bible verses. It not only provides the context of the reason Jesus was sent to earth, but it acknowledges His divine sonship. ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.’
In Luke 1:35, Gabriel the angel announced to Mary about Jesus’ birth. ‘The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most-High will overshadow you; and for that reason, the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”’ The angel revealed this to Mary but God himself revealed this to Peter. When Jesus asked, ‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God’ (Matthew 16:17). Even the demons recognised Jesus’ sonship: ‘And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God?”’ Matthew 8:29.
It was Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God, which brought the charge of blasphemy against him. Pontius Pilate heard this claim. This was the reason given to Pilate as to why Jesus must die (John 19:7).