PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 3:13-17
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
I want to try something. I wonder if some are reading my reflections first. Try listening for the Lord in the passage first, and post your own comment. My comments are not meant to shape yours, but to let you see how the Spirit spoke to me. I would like to hear how the Spirit is speaking to you through the passage!
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
I am imagining how it would feel to hear these words from heaven for myself.
When Adam and Eve were first created, I think they heard these words too.
When God said ‘this is very good’ (Genesis 1:31), I think they knew He meant them too.
Maybe this is what we were made to hear, and to feel, and to know!!!
The reason we don’t know it is because we feel the darkness of sin.
The fruit of rebellion brings with it the bitter aftertaste of shame.
Jesus fulfills all righteousness (Matthew 3:15)… He does what is right!
As long as we are not right (inside and out), we cannot feel this affirmation.
Unless… by grace, through Jesus, we are made righteous by faith (Romans 10:4)!
This is the good news, shown to us in Jesus, symbolized in our baptism.
Despite not being right inside and out, Jesus makes us right.
God sees us through Jesus, and says ‘you are my child, whom I love!’
Do I listen to God’s affirmation, or do I listen to the voice of shame and condemnation?
Imagine standing with Jesus in this moment; let what God says wash over you too!
Lord, by myself I cannot hear these words. But standing with You I can… and I do. May I take a moment today (and everyday) to stand with You in those moment and allow God’s affirmation wash over me too.