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Immersed in Favor

“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.”

– Matthew 3:16,17

Yesterday, we talked about Jesus’ baptism being a reflection of God’s grace and favor towards Him. Today, I want to focus on one particular part of the story. When the Bible talks about a voice calling from Heaven, we often think that the whole crowd gathered at the river heard what was said. However, I believe there’s evidence to show that it was only Jesus who heard the voice and saw the Spirit come down on Him. It was a very intimate moment in which the Father reminded Jesus of His love for Him, His only Son.

Remember, Jesus was only in His early 30’s when he was baptized. He hadn’t yet accomplished anything really notable. We often hear it said that He was a carpenter, but interestingly, the Greek word for carpenter can be translated as builder. So, He may have worked with stone, building things with His father, Joseph, as an apprentice; nothing terribly outstanding. At the point of His baptism, Jesus was beginning a three-year ministry, but notice that the Father was already pleased with Him, even before He accomplished anything of great significance.

Remember, God takes pleasure in you, not because of your accomplishments or accolades, but because you’re His kid. He loves you even more than you love your own children, although you mess up and are fallen. His love never fails and He is always saying good things about you! Isn’t that great news?

Prayer


God, thank you for whispering love and grace to me in my moments of need, regardless of what I do or don’t accomplish. I receive your blessing and favor on my life today.

Reflection


How do you respond to the truth that God’s grace has nothing to do with your accomplishments? Do you receive it as a gift?

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