Today I wanted to share a passage with you that’s been speaking to me these past couple of days in a profound way. It comes from Matthew 3:13-16 and deals with the baptism of Jesus:
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”Then John consented.
16 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. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
The key thing I’ve learned from this passage is that this incident occurred before the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. At this point he hasn’t done anything yet that we know of. And yet still, God loves him and says, “with him I am well pleased.” Sometimes we feel that we have to do certain things or accomplish things to attain the love of God. The truth is, he loves us irrespective of our meritorious deeds or actions. We are his sons/daughters, with us he is well pleased.