Today’s Encouragement is Matthew 3:17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
God spoke audibly when Jesus was baptized by his cousin John in the Jordan river. Jesus had done no miracles. (Hmm… Is a miracle in our eyes – also a miracle in God’s sight?) Nor had Jesus brought a single sermon or saved a soul. He was just about to begin His earthly ministry, not completing it. And yet God said, ‘I’m very pleased with my son!’
We might think, somewhat cynically, ‘Well of course, You sent Jesus to us as a baby and You know what He will do and say and be, how He will fulfill Your perfect plan for Him. So of course, You are well-pleased!’
But is it possible that God stated His approval of who Jesus was (and still is) rather than what He had done or even would do? God’s affirmation of Jesus is because He is His Son, the Savior of all who trust in Him.
In this same way my friends, is it possible that God looks upon you and me, and says the same? “This is my son or daughter, with whom I am well-pleased.” Not because of what we have or haven’t done… but because of who, or Whose, we are. We are His adopted sons and daughters… in whom God our Father is well-pleased. Is it possible?
Lord, that You have chosen us for redemption, for salvation, for adoption, as your own children… we are overcome.
Who you say I am