The Father's Son, the Beloved
At Jesus’ baptism, we see the presence of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Spirit—more clearly than in most other passages of Scripture. A question that has plagued theologians for generations is how much Jesus knew about His own divinity and calling and when He knew it. In other words, did He know from a young child that He was God and had the power to forgive and save His people? Scripture is not clear about this. But what we can see is that something happened at His baptism. God the Father spoke His love and mission over Him in no uncertain terms: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” And the Holy Spirit alighted on Him, filling Him seemingly in a more powerful way than before. Here, at the baptism of Jesus, we see the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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.”
As much as you are able, allow yourself, by your imagination to enter this scene of Jesus’ baptism. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel about John as he protests? What do you notice about Jesus? What happens in your heart as you see the Holy Spirit descend and the Father speak from heaven?
God, what a picture of Your love and presence we see at Jesus’ baptism! Thank You for this glimpse of who You are. Help me to remember the truth of Your existence—that You are Father, Son, and Spirit. I long to experience Your fullness, to embrace Your everlasting love, to love like You love, and to be empowered by Your Spirit. May it be so today. Amen.
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