Sweet Start CARD: Romans, Day 4 + A Little Love Note
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Romans, day 4
We have been on quite a journey together already. Beginning in the first 4 verses of Romans, moving through what Son of David and Son of man mean in regard to the person of Jesus, and now (finally!), the original title that stood out in Romans 1:4: Son of God. This is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully it will give us the framework we need to get a lot out of the rest of Romans!
Jesus as the Son of God: First of all, let me challenge you, dear reader. If you’ve merely checked the theological box in your mind that Jesus is the Son of God but you’ve never taken pause at the significance, it’s time to wrestle with this a bit. Calling Jesus the Son of God shouldn’t be an “easy” profession! The term implies a lot. Let’s examine some of what caused such an uproar among Jewish leaders at Jesus being called– and calling himself– the Son of God, and why this term uniquely applies to Him in ways it cannot apply to others.
- It means Jesus is the Messiah: Messiah means Anointed One (the Greek equivalent of “Messiah” is “Christos,” or Christ). In Psalms 2:1-9, the Lord says to His Anointed One, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” The Son is the Anointed One, the Christ.
- It equates Jesus with God: The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day believed Jesus’ confession of being the Son of God was blasphemy. Here is one example: “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18) Claiming a Godly paternity meant Jesus was claiming the divinity of the Lord God. If it weren’t true, it absolutely would have been blasphemous. Fortunately, Jesus was justified at the Resurrection. Remember the message of Romans 1:4? This is a great tie-in to what we learned there.
- His Sonship is unique: Jesus is not merely one of many who can be called sons of God. He is the Only Begotten Son of God (John 3:16, for example). The term “only begotten” is translated from the Greek word monogenēs. It means the single of its kind, like the original Mona Lisa. There’s only one original Mona Lisa, it’s the single of its kind. There are many who are called sons (and daughters!) of God, but Jesus is the Son of God in a unique way that makes Him the only of His kind. In Days 2 and 3 I touched on the fact that only two humans have ever walked the earth who can’t claim human paternity– Adam and Jesus Christ. Well, day 5 of our study in Romans will reveal how Jesus is unique in his Sonship beyond that of Adam, and it has to do with who Jesus is as the Lord. For now, you’ll just have to trust me!
- As the Only Begotten, He is the sole heir of God: This is a precious truth. Although Jesus is the sole rightful Heir in the Kingdom of God, he qualifies us to be partakers in His inheritance– joint-heirs (a talk reserved for Romans 8). His birth gave him rights as an heir, not his labors. Our re-birth in Christ makes us heirs, but similarly not our labors. What an honor! He is the begotten Son of God, we are adopted children. He inherits us (Psalm 2:7-8), so that we can inherit God– not the position of God, but our position in relation to Him; as loved and favored ones in relationship with God rather than our deserved place as sinners, objects of judgement and holy wrath.
The next Sweet Start post will bring us to a place we can plant our feet, in the understanding that Jesus is the Lord. I’m excited to share my thoughts with you! Feel free to leave me comments if you’d like to expand on something or if you see things a bit differently. I love hearing from you!
Here’s the fifth project in my stamp set challenge. I got busy creating two weeks of projects using the You Brighten My Day stamp set from the promotional Sale-a-bration brochure, and after those two weeks are up, it’s on to another set and a new challenge!
Today’s card is a little 3×3″ love note, perfect for slipping into a lunch box or pocket as a surprise gesture. I can’t even tell you how easy this card was, and it could easily be made more masculine by switching the Calypso Coral out for Real Red or even a neutral like Crumb Cake. I think that would be really attractive. Lining up the “love” hearts and the trio of tiny hearts all in a row required me to pull out my Stamp-a-ma-jig tool since the set is not photopolymer, but that’s mostly because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I know lots of stampers who would be plenty happy with the results even if the hearts weren’t perfectly lined up, but I know it would drive me nuts if they were more than a teensy bit “off.”
Before adhering the 2-3/4″ square top layer to the 3″ square card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals, I folded an inch or so of Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon in half, and stapled it in place with my office stapler. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make a big statement! Don’t forget that the You Brighten My Day set coordinates with several Stampin’ Up! punches. I stamped the Calypso Coral heart and punched it out using the small heart from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack (it’s on sale this week!!), then popped it up with a single dimensional. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am obsessed with the Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper. Well, guess what? The Washi tape separating the two rows of hearts is the Sweet Dreams Designer Washi Tape. I’m in love with the Sweet Dreams products. Mmm hmm.
Would you like to see more of my projects using this stamp set? Here are all the posts in the You Brighten My Day stamp challenge series. Don’t forget to comment and share if you like what I have to offer here at The Social Stamper! Remember also that subscribing will send a weekly blog post digest to your email inbox so you never miss a Sweet Start post. Hope that is a helpful reminder!