For some reason, I had always thought that the Father was speaking to the people surrounding the Jordan River after Christ was baptized. However, both Mark and Luke record the event with these words:
“Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:10-11, Luke 3:22)
As deity, Christ didn’t need any words of encouragement or praise from His Father. However, as Jesus, the man, He did. The Father realized the task He had sent Jesus to complete. He knew the temptation His Son would face in the desert at the hands of Satan. He recognized that Christ would be despised and rejected by men, and would soon face a barbaric death. The Father understood that the Son would kneel in agony hours before that death and plead that He not have to face it.
So, before Jesus started His public ministry, His Dad opened up the sky and conveyed on Him a blessing like no other – “Son, I love you and I am very pleased with you.” Friends, if God the Father thought Jesus would benefit from such a blessing, how much more do our sons and daughters need to hear us say, “You are my child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased!”
I bet our children, even the adult ones, would love to hear it today! –Dave
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