A Few Devotional Comments on Matt. 3:16-17

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

This passage marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. It shows an amazing picture of the Trinity as Father, Son and Holy Spirit all appear and validate that fact that Jesus is the Messiah promised to Israel in the Old Testament.

But we can also see that Jesus Christ is accepted and loved by the Father. Do you want to experience the love and acceptance of the Father? The truth that Christianity proclaims is that “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23), and so we have no hope of pleasing God in ourselves. But the good news is that just as a man and a woman own everything together when they are married, so those who trust in Christ are joined to Him: He has taken their sin and punishment on the cross and they receive His righteousness (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21). So if you are trusting in Christ today, these words are true of you: “This is My beloved child, in whom I am well pleased.” May that love and acceptance liberate you to become in practice what you are in standing before God today.

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