“This is my Son!”

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, our Lord

Matthew 3:16,17

As soon as Jesus was baptised, 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.’

We are told that many people came to the Jordan River to be baptised by John the Baptist. But only one of them was innately acceptable to God. Only one of them was identified as God’s beloved Son. Only one of them was marked out by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Up until that point, Jesus had lived for thirty years in obscurity, working as a village carpenter. He had done no teaching, and had performed no miracles. It had been a time of learning and development as well as a time of waiting. The Father is patient. He had watched His Son grow and mature (Luke 2:52). But now the moment had come to introduce Him to the world, to thrust Him into the limelight to begin His ministry. There is more than a hint of proper parental pride in the divine declaration:

“This is My Son – and I love Him!”                                                                                                   “This is My Son – and I am proud of Him! He does Me credit!”                                                “This is My Son – and He is just like Me!”

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