The beloved son is Jesus. But who is he? The son of Joseph and Mary? A wise man or a prophet? An advocate for change, for social justice, a man who died before his ministry was finished? A man who is dead? And a man who is outdated?
If the Holy Spirit is recognized in the church, then we are a part of His Kingdom. And the disciples lived to see this at Pentecost. God is intending us “to act” and not wait for the return of Jesus while neglecting to do His work in the here and now.