As I read through God’s Word, I love getting glimpses of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. As I was learning more and more about who I am in Christ, God showed me something about the identity of His Son. He took me to the baptism of Jesus:
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17
Did you get that?!
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
God took all of the guesswork out of just who Jesus was. In that statement alone, God Himself, declared who Jesus was and what He thought about Him.
And this statement applies to us, as well. If “you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Through this belief and confession, you are then brought into sonship. You become a child of God! You are loved by God! And in YOU He is well pleased!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:3-14 (emphasis mine)
There are two additional things I would like to point out, here. One, when Jesus came to John to be baptized, even though He was the very Son of God, He looked no different from you or me.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” John 1:29-34 (emphasis mine)
Jesus truly was fully God and fully man. And two, Jesus had not begun His ministry yet, so God’s love for Him had nothing to do with works. God loved Jesus simply because He was His Son. God loves you simply because you are His child.
Today, I challenge you to spend some time meditating on the Scripture I have shared. The Word has so much to say about who we are! It is imperative that we take the time to truly hear what God is speaking to us, through it. And my prayer is that you begin to see…like you never have before…just where you stand in relationship to the Father, through His precious Son.
See you, tomorrow! Be Blessed!
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