What an amazing day this was. Jesus goes to be baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist. His Father, God, confirms He is His son. The Holy Spirit comes down on Him.
The sign is a dove. The voice is God. God confirms that Jesus is His Son. No doubt here. God speaks it to us. God is clear. There can be no doubt.
You are my Son.
Not only is Jesus God’s Son, but God has chosen Him. Jesus is the Messiah.
You are beloved.
There is a single characteristic to the life of Jesus. Jesus is love. Jesus shows us what it means to love. Love is the way of Jesus. Jesus gets it from His Father in heaven. We get it through the power of the Holy Spirit.
You are marked with love.
Like every Father, God is so proud of Jesus.
You are my pride of life.
That is our longing. We all want to know we are loved by our Father. We all want to hear He is proud of us. God is clear that He is pleased with His Son Jesus.
We get that in His Spirit. We get that in His love. We are chosen by God.
How cool is that?
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
English Standard Version. (2016). (Luke 3:21–22). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
And God Spoke
Jesus had to be formally inaugurated into the public discharge of his offices. For this purpose, he came to John, who was the representative of the law and the prophets, that by him he might be introduced into his offices, and thus be officially recognized as the Messiah of who’s coming the prophecies and types had for many ages borne witness.
John refused, at first, to confer his baptism on the Messiah Jesus, for he understood not what he had to do with the “baptism of repentance.”
- But Jesus said, ‘Suffer it to be so now,’ NOW as suited to my state of humiliation, my state as a substitute in the room of sinners.”
- His reception of baptism was not necessary on his own account. It was a voluntary act, the same as his act of becoming incarnate.
- Yet if the work he had engaged to carry out was to be completed, then it became him to take on him the likeness of a sinner, and to fulfil all righteousness.
Jesus is God’s Son. God has confirmed it. God has spoken!