I’m always drawn to how attuned John the Baptist is to his calling and the calling of the one he is preparing the way for; the Messiah, Jesus. He isn’t worried about fitting in or popularity or approval from the religious leaders, he is laser focused on HIS calling.
When Jesus arrives, John knows instantly that He is the one.
Jesus comes to be baptized by John, not because He is in need of forgiveness, but to “fulfill all righteousness.”
Many miraculous events occurred leading up to and at the birth of Jesus. A virgin became pregnant. Angels appeared to Mary, Joseph, shepherds. Magi, following a star, came to visit, worship, and bring gifts. Several prophets recognized Him as an infant.
We don’t know much about what happened between the miraculous events surrounding His birth and the start of His public ministry. I wonder if His family continued to see little glimpses of His holiness during his childhood and teen years.
However it went down in the private spaces among the family and friends of Jesus, His holiness can’t be contained much longer.
Something incredible happens at the moment of Jesus’ baptism....
- The heavens were opened.
- The Spirit of God descended like a dove and rested on Jesus.
- A voice from heaven said, “this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
The trinity reunited again…the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit converging. It’s go time.
I often think what it must be like to have God publicly declare you His Son…beloved…with whom He is well pleased.
But here’s the cool thing: because of what Jesus accomplished for us, we are His sons and daughters too. He calls us beloved. In us, He is well pleased…in all our slip-ups, sins, mistakes, shortcomings, and quirks, Jesus’s blood covers it all.
When we repent of our sins and accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit descends on us too. And God looks at us and says, “[Insert name], my beloved son/daughter, with whom I am well pleased.”
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