See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3, verse 1.
God the Father has but one natural Son. Father and Son are one God with their shared Spirit composing the three persons of God. It’s a mystery, and neither you nor me nor the pope (or the cardinals in Rome) or anyone else really understands how they all work as One. It’s just a matter of faith to know that He is and does. Yet God has only one Son, only one child: a Son, begotten from eternity into a being fully man and fully God all in one. Amazing mystery that we just can’t compare to anything else.
Anything else, that is, except you and me. You see, we are adopted children of God. You and I were born, made, created by the same triune God, not as a person of Himself but as other created sentient persons made of His love. Our belief in the Son Jesus as the only forgiver of sins and the only path to heaven is our adoption transaction. He adopted us because we believe in Him. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sins: He sees us through the perfection of His Son, who is Himself but who is also His Son.
As adopted children of God, we have the full status of sons and daughters. We are equals with Christ as children though we are clearly not His equals in all ways. Think about it: the Savior of all mankind is our peer, friend, fellow man, and confidant. And our brother. He is our brother. He is all God and all deity and all supernatural Savior, yet He is also a child of God as we are children of God.
More mystery? Absolutely, but don’t get too wrapped around that at the moment. For just a moment, during this Lenten season of confession and repentance, just let yourself be blown away by the fact that your God and my God wants to treat us as His siblings. He loves us not only as a superior God but also as a peer on our level. God, the omnipotent awe-inspiring true power of the entire universe chooses to get to know you and me as us, as equals, as brothers and sisters. He wants to chat, to hang out, to be involved in us. Not because He has to: because He chooses too. God has only one natural Son, but He looks at you and me as sons and daughters and loves us just as much.
Father God, thank you so much for your saving love, for loving me as your child. Thank you for all you do for me as my father, my parent, my teacher, mentor and king.