Monday, January 13, 2014

Luke 3:21-22

Luke 3:21-22 – When the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I Love; with You I am well pleased.” We are children of God and were created in His image. Therefore, some of our characteristics (other than our sin) are like God. Ephesians says, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly Loved children. So we know that we ought to act like God. This is no different in our role as a father. Do you want to know how to treat your children? Let’s take a look at how God acts toward Jesus. In this passage, Jesus is getting baptized. This is what He needs to do to fulfill scripture and to show us that it is right. It is also in obedience to His Father, God. As He is doing this there are people all around. We know that because Jesus went to John to be baptized, and there were hundreds who had come to see John. God took this as an opportunity to publicly exhort and affirm His Son. We see heaven opening up and the Holy Spirit coming down on Him in the form of a dove. Then God speaks, “You are my Son, whom I Love; with you I am well pleased.” God not only professes His Love for Jesus, but also tells Him that He is pleased with Him. Every child needs to hear this. God set an example and showed us how to treat our children. They need our Love and affirmation. It needs to be verbal, not just “assumed”. Take every opportunity to tell your kids that you Love them and are proud of them. 

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